WhatsApp users warned that disappearing messages might stick around after update

Since introducing disappearing messages which vanish after a set period of time, WhatsApp has helped users keep their chats away from prying eyes with extra privacy.

If you turn disappearing messages on, they will expire or 'self-destruct' after 24 hours, 7 days, or 90 days.

However, WhatsApp is now developing an option that lets all members of a chat keep and view disappearing messages in one place.

WhatsApp experts at WABetaInfo have revealed that WhatsApp is working on a way for groups to preserve disappearing messages for longer.

A 'kept messages' section will appear in the 'about' page of a chat, making it easy for users to see all of the disappearing messages that have been saved over time.

WABetaInfo said: "When users share a very important message in a disappearing chat and they do not want to lose it, they will be able to keep it by preventing its expiration thanks to kept messages."

Sharing a screenshot of the new feature, they continued: "WhatsApp is planning to introduce a new section right within Contact Info and Group Info that lists all kept messages, so they can be easily read later."

The feature is still under development as part of the WhatsApp beta programme, which frequently trials experimental new features for the app with a select group of users.

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How to turn on disappearing messages in WhatsApp

It's easy to activate disappearing messages in WhatsApp.

Simply open any chat in the app and tap the options button. This looks like three dots in the top right of the screen on Android devices.

Then, hit 'Disappearing Messages'. You'll be given some information about how the messages disappear from chats. To activate the feature, just select either 24 hours, 7 days or 90 days from the 'Message timer' options.

Now, whenever you send a message, it will eventually self-destruct and vanish from both your phone and any devices you send it to.

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