At the end of 2020, WhatsApp presented a function that went a little unnoticed, that of being able to send messages that self-destruct after a while. This feature has been with us for over a year and is now being updated to allow us to turn these temporary messages into permanent messages if we wish.
This was found in one of WhatsApp’s trial versions, in this case for iOS, but it’s something that would also reach Android if it finally goes ahead. We say this because this type of testing doesn’t always make it into final builds.
Ephemeral messages can be permanent
The new function allows us to choose a message that we have created as ephemeral and convert it into a permanent message as long as the disappearance time has not elapsed. From this signature, it will remain in the conversation as a normal chat message.
Also, if we change our minds, we can undo this conversion and permanently delete it from the chat, as we see in the screenshots.
As we said at the start, it’s a feature that’s still in internal testing, it’s not even in public beta, so it might see some changes before launch, and not even see the light of day in the stable version of Android and iOS.
Whenever you use this type of message, or they use it with you, know that it may disappear, it never hurts to know how to filter certain information in WhatsApp.
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