WhatsApp starts testing self-destructing messages in its latest beta on Android

Last October the first signs appeared in the app, but now they are beginning to be available to some beta users. We refer to messages that self-destruct on WhatsApp, a feature that would cause some of the messages sent within the app to expire and disappear after a certain period of time.

It is a function that reminds us of private Telegram chats, where we can choose the time for our conversations to be deleted automatically without us having to be careful to delete them.

From an hour to a year

According to WaBetaInfo, this feature is present in WhatsApp beta 2.19.348 on Google Play. However, it is not being deployed to all users registered in the app’s beta program. And it seems that it is a first version of this function, which they are looking to test and perfect.

The function was originally called ‘Disappearing Messages’, and has now been renamed to simply ‘Deleted Messages’. This characteristic is found in the contact information or within the group settings, although in the latter case only administrators can enable it to be used by members.

When entering this function, It can be activated and choose the time for the message to be automatically deleted. It is a kind of programming that allows us to choose between an hour, a day, a week, a month and even a year. After choosing the time, WhatsApp will be in charge of deleting all our messages to a contact or within a specific group.

WhatsApp starts testing self-destructing messages in its latest beta on Android

Until now it is not possible to choose which messages we want to deleteas the function covers the entire conversation. An important point is that the screenshots show that this feature is already optimized for dark mode, at least on Android, so its launch could be close.

However, as it is a beta function there is nothing to guarantee that it will be released and when, so we will have to be attentive to any news.