An American freeware, cross-platform messaging and voice over IP service owned by Facebook Inc is getting closer to officially launch the much anticipated self-destructing messaging feature. The most recent beta update for Android reveals that the feature is still in the works but is getting enhancements ahead of the official launch.
In accordance with WABetainfo, WhatsApp will dub the feature as ‘Expiring messages.’ In previous Android beta updates, it was called ‘Delete messages’. The newest version 188.8.131.52 displays users can enable the expiring messages under the control of the settings. The characteristic will let users to auto-delete messages in a chat after seven days.
The previous beta version display that WhatsApp’s Expiring messages will be accessible for individual chat and also group chats. The motive of the feature is to a certain extent different from self-distructing messaging on applications like snapchat.
As per reports, WhatsApp aims to keep the chats and overall app lighter by auto-deleting the older chats. Although the latest version shows the ability to delete chats after seven days, WhatsApp is likely to offer its users the option to auto-delete messages in chat after 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, and 1 year.
Apart from that, the messaging app is working on a new feature known as ‘Mute Always’. As the name indicates, the feature will allow users to mute a group for all time. As of now, the app allows you to mute a group for upto 1 year.
Another major WhatsApp feature that will be there soon is the multi-device support. The feature will allow its users to use their WhatsApp account on as many as four devices with a single phone number. At present, WhatsApp users can use their account only on one device. They can, however, mirror the app on the desktop via WhatsApp Web.
WhatsApp will soon roll out an advanced search option that helps users to look for messages based on videos, images, links, and other file formats. You can also expect WhatsApp to soon launch its payment service in India.