This WhatsApp feature will save you from embarrassment! But beware, there is a catch!

If sending sensitive information on WhatsApp has you running scared, then try the disappearing messages feature. But be careful, there is a problem there too.

| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 18:17 IST

WhatsApp disappearing messages: Want to send an important WhatsApp message but it is quite sensitive and might land you in an embarrassing situation sometime in the future? We have heard so many stories of horror recounted by celebrities where their past behaviour, photos, messages and more come back to haunt them. These can actually hurt your job, your relationships and permanently damage your reputation. However, if you must send that important message there is a solution available on What and it is called disappearing messages. Yes it will boost your privacy. However, there is a catch too, that you should beware of.

WhatsApp has a disappearing messages feature that it rolled out for people who want to erase as much of their past as is possible in order to save themselves from trouble. Now this feature can be God-sent for most people. What it allows a sender to do is send the message and within 7 days, that message will disappear into thin air. It will be deleted from the recipient's WhatsApp account. So far so good.

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However, we had mentioned a catch to WhatsApp disappearing messages feature. Nothing stops a recipient from taking screenshots of your message and saving it. Or for that matter forwarding it to someone else.

So, you have to be a bit wary of this possibility when you send WhatsApp disappearing messages. Also, remember that even though the message itself is deleted forever, the answers or message trail around it remains.

How to turn on WhatsApp disappearing messages:

First of all, open WhatsApp messenger app, hit the contact person's name and then turn Disappearing messages feature on.

WhatsApp disappearing messages feature is available for both Android and iOS.

Exactly how popular is WhatsApp? The messaging app reportedly has over 2 billion users worldwide.

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First Published Date: 22 Jun, 23:08 IST