WhatsApp is developing a new self-destructing message feature that will allow users to set a timer on your texts and after a period of time, they will disappear. The new feature first appeared in the latest Android beta version of the app under 2.19.275.
WABetaInfo who reported on the new feature states it is not available to everyone who is running the beta test at the moment. We can see how the feature may come in handy. Disappearing messages could allow users to send sensitive information that they do not want to have permanently available.
Telegram, a rival chat service to WhatsApp already uses this self-destructing message feature on the app’s Secret Chats option. Gmail also implemented this feature last year with its email service.
According to the reports, this new WhatsApp self-destructing message service is more basic than others as it lets users send messages that will automatically delete after 5 seconds or an hour. There seems to be no in-between right now but that could change before the feature releases to the public. The feature is currently only available in group chats and being tested in groups where you have to have the text delete itself. Again, this is just for testing.
There is no word on when the feature will be live for other users or what capabilities will come with it but at least we know the top-secret texting service is being tested on.