WhatsApp is working on a new feature that will allow users to prevent certain disappearing messages from disappearing in a possible future version of WhatsApp. This feature will allow users to save chat messages even if the disappearing messages feature is enabled, WhatsApp Tracker WABetaInfo reported.
Earlier in March, the feature was spotted on WhatsApp Beta for iOS 126.96.36.199 and WhatsApp Beta for Android 188.8.131.52. However, this time a new development is observed. According to the screenshot shared by WABetainfo, a new section is visible directly in the contact information and group information which lists all the messages kept from the endangered chats. WhatsApp is looking to add the new section allowing users to easily access saved messages and read them later. According to the report, the same section is also under development for WhatsApp Beta for Android and iOS and we will be ready soon.
The new message retention feature is still in development and its release schedule is currently unclear. However, the feature’s initial release on betas indicates imminent release in future releases.
WhatsApp introduced disappearing messages feature in 2021. To improve privacy, the feature allows users to send messages that will disappear after the selected time. Initially, messages that disappeared were deleted after 7 days. Later, the option to automatically delete messages after 24 hours or 90 days was introduced.
According to a report from Times of India, WhatsApp will soon allow users to access the disappear messages feature through a new shortcut that will appear when multiple chats are selected. With this, users will be able to enable/disable disappearing messages for multiple chats at once rather than toggling it for each chat at once individually. This feature is also under development and may be released soon.
(Edited by : Sudarsanan Mani)