Among all the WhatsApp privacy settings we will soon find a new option related to temporary messages that self-destruct after a week. Through the latest WhatsApp beta, we have new clues about its ‘disappear mode’.
The first time that ‘disappear mode’ came to light was in May, through an iOS beta, a new model that Zuckerberg himself confirmed last June, and that until today we have not had news again. Now WhatsApp Beta for Android is finalizing the launch of this new privacy setting.
This is how WhatsApp’s disappearing mode looks like
So far, WhatsApp allows us to activate temporary messages in our chats and groups, but we have to go conversation by conversation to self-destruct our conversations after seven days. Currently, WhatsApp does not allow us to activate by default the temporary messages for all chats, and that is precisely what this “disappear mode” will do.
The user will be able to activate temporary messages for all their new chats from their privacy settings. To do this they will have to go to Settings > Account > Privacy and activate this “disappearing mode” whose name in English is ‘disappearing mode’.
According to the description of that future setting, it will only activate by default temporary messages for all new chats, so activating that option will not affect existing chats. It seems that conversations will have to be deleted first.
As we can see in the screenshot above, activating the “disappear mode” will notify both us and our contacts that the messages will disappear for everyone 7 days after being sent. So if someone manages to access our conversations, they will not be able to read messages older than a week.
The “disappear mode” is expected to reach WhatsApp Beta in the coming weeks.