WhatsApp Delete Messages feature spotted, will help in cleaning group chats

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WhatsApp Delete Messages feature spotted, will help in cleaning group chats
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  • Delete Messages feature will work as a cleaning tool for group chats.
  • Only group admins will be able to enable and disable this feature.
  • The Delete Messages feature is currently being tested in the beta version.

While WhatsApp’s new update never brought out the self-destructing messages to the platform, a new Delete Messages feature was spotted. Now, it has been revealed that this feature is now being developed as a ‘cleaning tool’ for group chats.

The feature was first spotted earlier this month in WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.275 version. Now, as per a WaBetaInfo report, the feature will actually be used as a cleaning tool for group chats. The feature will only be available to the group admins who will be able to enable or disable it for a group.

How does this work

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Groups usually have several participants and the number of messages per day are very high. Over a period of time, these messages accumulate and take up a lot of storage on your device. With the new delete messages feature, group admins will be able to decide how long a message should last. After this period, the message will automatically be deleted for all participants.

In the WhatsApp beta for iOS 2.20.10.23/24, the delete messages feature has a time duration ranging from one hour to one year. We expect the time duration to remain the same in the stable version as well.

How to save a message

While it’s not clear if WhatsApp will introduce a new feature to protect specific messages from getting deleted, you can use the ‘Star Message’ feature to save messages at present. These messages are grouped in the ‘Starred Messages’ section.
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Currently, the ‘Delete Messages’ feature is limited to the beta version of WhatsApp. We expect the feature to be available for Android and iOS users in the coming weeks.


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