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WhatsApp has a new feature: Scheduled deletion of messages

The WhatsApp 2.19.348 version for Android phones and 2.19.120 for iPhones have these features and a lot more, visible as of now only to group administrators

WhatsApp has come up with a new Android beta update for users. Once your WhatsApp application is updated, you will now be able to automatically delete messages and also set the time for their deletion — provided you are an administrator of a group.

A few days ago, there were reports about this feature, but in them, this feature was described as the ‘Disappearing Message’ feature.

WhatsApp still testing feature

In the new Android beta update of WhatsApp, this feature has been renamed to Delete Messages. Users cannot use this feature right now as it is still in a testing phase. WABetaInfo, a website tracking WhatsApp updates, has shared screenshots of this feature. In the latest beta update, the feature can be seen in the Dark Mode.

Admin must enable it

The new beta update is being rolled out in WhatsApp version 2.19.348 for Android phones. This update can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. The feature is provided in the contact info or group setting and can only be enabled by the administrator(s) of a group.

The Facebook-owned messaging application has released an update on its iOS-based app already, which has a host of new features.

However, as we mentioned above, this feature is still in the developing phase. So users cannot see it even after downloading the latest beta update.

With the delete message feature, users can set the time when a message is automatically deleted. Users get 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month and 1 year as options for the message to be deleted, which they can set. When the stable version of this update arrives, some more changes can be seen in this feature.

Along with the delete message feature, the dark mode feature is undergoing testing.

Apple users luckier

In an iPhone, several other features of WhatsApp are already available is the user has upgraded to the 2.19.120 version. An iPhone user can accept an incoming WhatsApp call while on a different call. An Android user can make a conference call via WhatsApp only if he/she connects two or more calls.

The iOS-based WhatsApp has a new chat screen design that enables scanning of messages. The visually challenged can send messages directly from a Braille keyboard when in the VoiceOver mode.

WhatsApp’s group privacy settings are different in the iOS-based app, too. Group administrators can send a private invite to contacts whom they want to include in a group. The admin who is an Android user does it by sending a joining link to his/her contact.

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