WhatsApp has begun testing a 24-hour option for disappearing messages on Android, iOS and desktop, as per a report. The online messaging app already has a feature that lets users set a week’s time for disappearing messages. Through this option, WhatsApp now gets to compete with rival apps like Telegram.
As reported by WABetainfo, WhatsApp does not intend to replace the 7-day option with the 24-hour option. The screenshot shared by the platform just shows the 24-hour option in the section where users enable/disable disappearing messages for personal and group chats.
The feature was previously only available for group chat admins. However, the company has recently released an update for iOS that allows all participants in a group to change the Disappearing Messages setting by default. WhatsApp is also testing the ability to bring the disappearing photos feature to both Android and iOS platforms.
Additionally, the app is reported to be testing a voice messages playback speed feature on the public beta channel. The feature had been enabled for a few users on WhatsApp for Android beta 18.104.22.168 but was disabled with the release of a new WhatsApp for Android beta 22.214.171.124 update the very next day.
Terms of Service
All this has been coming out alongside news of the app starting to present new in-app alerts about its Terms of Service. The rollout began for those who hadn’t previously accepted them both on Android and iOS.