WhatsApp version 126.96.36.199 beta now allows users to enable disappearing messages for existing chats. This means that beta users will be able to apply a default message timer to older chats, which will automatically get deleted after the specified duration. Previously, this feature was only available for new chats.
According to a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is rolling out a new shortcut under the default message timer. This will be visible to select beta testers who have received the WhatsApp beta 188.8.131.52 update.
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The above screenshot shows that you will be able to enable disappearing messages for existing chats. Previously, the feature was available for new chats only. This new option can be accessed by navigating to privacy settings and selecting the default message timer. Notably, the function isn’t displayed prominently under the default message timer. You will have to click the link at the bottom to get the option for existing chats.
The report states that WhatsApp is currently rolling out this feature to select beta testers. The company plans to release another update which will bring this feature to more users in the future.
Last week, WhatsApp rolled out support for all emojis in message reactions. This built upon the feature which initially only allowed six emojis. The app has also made it easier to migrate your data from Android to iPhone. You can read our detailed guide here.