The company has announced the arrival of “Disappearing Messages” that will allow users to send each other texts and media that will vanish after 7 days. Also, there is going to be an improved storage management tool that will allow more detailed control over what is stored in the phone and what is deleted, with filters for size or age.
The Disappearing Messages can only be enabled for a particular chat. Users have to tap the contact’s name and then find the feature, and then just tap On/Off. Once enabled, it will automatically delete the messages from the chat thread but might remain in the phone storage if the back-up option is also enabled and managed to pick the message that was intended to be deleted.
The current WhatsApp “Storage Usage” tool simply sorts all available chats by the amount of space they take up, listing the number of messages, photos, GIFs, and videos in each chat, and letting the user delete each category with a few taps.
The feature will arrive both on Android and iOS.