WhatsApp adds expiring messages for group chats in latest beta

Enrique, 26 December 2019

WhatsApp frequently adds features to its widely popular communication app. Back in October, it was rumored that WhatsApp was testing a new feature called “Disappearing Messages” but its function wasn’t clear until now.

The feature has been spotted again in the latest version 2.19.275 of WhatsApp Beta for Android and we have a better understanding of its purpose. The feature has since been refined and renamed to “Delete messages” and lets the users messages expire after a selected amount of time, either an hour, day, week, month, or year.

 WABetaInfo Source: WABetaInfo

As per WABetaInfo’s findings, the feature is intended to keep group message conversations from taking up too much storage on smartphones. To be fair, there could be other reasons to use the feature. ‘Delete messages’ for a group chat is only accessible by the group chat’s administrator so the setting would apply to all participants of the group chat.



Reader comments

Can't force people to change when they accustomed to the first app they know. Telegram should do something about marketing. Most non techie people probably don't even know they exist.

  • Iza
  • 27 Dec 2019
  • fFA


In Brazil basically nobody uses telegram. Whatsapp are keeping the crown, so, we have to stick with it.

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