You’ve got solely been capable of set this for brand new chats to this point

Loads of apps allow you to ship disappearing messages, and whereas there are a whole lot of causes you is likely to be fascinated with such ephemeral expressions, not all apps give customers the identical kind of management over how lengthy these messages final, and even which discussions this mode applies to. Again in Might we noticed WhatsApp engaged on a brand new choice for changing current chats to this timed system — and doing so in bulk, if you happen to so select. Now with the app’s newest beta, that function is lastly beginning to arrive for some testers.


WhatsApp v2.22.16.8 beta introduces the flexibility to set a number of current chats to vanish, together with your default settings. Previous to this, the settings web page solely included radio buttons that allow you to set how lengthy earlier than messages have been deleted for all new chats, however with this replace, customers can now apply the identical timer to current chats of their alternative.

It is likely to be good if the menu that permits you to do that wasn’t hidden behind such a tiny shortcut hyperlink — a distinguished button could be beautiful — however to be truthful, WhatsApp might be proper in considering this is not a setting you will want to interact with all that usually. Not all beta testers on this launch are seeing the choice proper now, so it is arriving by way of a server-side swap, however as soon as WhatsApp completes sufficient testing, hopefully a wider rollout ought to observe.