- The Delete messages feature will be available for group chats and only accessible to administrators
- Apparently, the feature will work as 'cleaning tool' for group chats
WhatsApp constantly keeps updating its software to include a bevy of features to provide smooth messaging and call experience to its users.
Adding to the list, the Facebook-owned messaging app is gradually rolling out the iOS beta version of its much-awaited disappearing messages feature, according to WABetaInfo, a blog that tracks WhatsApp developments.
The blog had earlier also spotted the same feature in Android's Beta version. It also confirmed that this feature will be available for group chats and only accessible to administrators. Once available, the feature will automatically delete messages after a particular time period set by the user and make it look like the message never existed.
There is also an interesting feature that was spotted in the latest Beta version of the app. Apparently, the new Delete Message feature will work as "cleaning tool" for group chats. This essentially means that the feature will help admins remove group messages after a particular period of time and clear or manage storage space automatically.
"Groups have usually a lot of messages and this feature could help to save your phone storage, deleting old messages automatically (only administrators will be able to enable/disable it)," the blog stated.
Once available, the 'Delete Message' feature will come with a toggle on/off button and users can choose a particular time interval for the messages to automatically disappear. There are five options for time intervals to choose from - 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month and 1 year. Accordingly, the messages sent to that chat will disappear. For instance, if the user opts for 1 hour time interval, the messages sent post-selection will be deleted after an hour.
However, it is important to note that the feature is not yet available yet as he company has not officially announced any release date of the update yet. Therefore, it is completely okay if you still cannot view the feature even after updating WhatsApp.
Similarly, there's also no word on Dark Mode release date either, and this feature has been under development for a long time now.
Compiled by Olalekan Adeleye