In the latest update of the WhatsApp online messaging service, users are given the option to have messages automatically disappear after seven days.
The service is automatically set to ‘off’ and the user can decide whether to set it to ‘on’. The messaging service will then delete files such as photos, videos and unread text messages after seven days. This way, among other things, storage space on the mobile phone is freed up.
Users can determine per contact whether they want to use this option, but the service only works if the conversation partner has the function turned on.
The capability is now available to Android users and should be available to all two billion users within weeks, WhatsApp said. People who use it do not have to worry that all their old messages and files will disappear, according to the messaging service.
The chat app warns that the recipient of messages can forward them after receipt or keep an image of them. So there is no guarantee that a message will disappear completely.
The function of the app may eventually be expanded, so that conversations can be deleted after a shorter period of time. First WhatsApp wants to see if it works.