Whatsapp Message HeroSource: Luke Filipowicz / iMore

What you need to know

  • WhatsApp now supports making disappearing messages as the default for all new chats.
  • Messages can now be set to disappear after 24 hours and 90 days, along with the existing seven-day option.

Popular instant messaging service WhatsApp now supports the setting of disappearing messages as the default for all new chats, the Meta-owned company has announced.

Announced via blog post, the change means that people can now set the app to use disappearing messages on all new chats when they or another person creates them. This only applies to one-on-one chats, however — not group chats.

Whatsapp Disappearing DefaultsSource: WhatsApp

WhatsApp users will now have the option to turn on disappearing messages by default for all new chats. When enabled, all new one-on-one chats you or another person start will be set to disappear at your chosen duration, and we've added a new option when creating a group chat that lets you turn it on for groups you create. This new feature is optional and does not change or delete any of your existing chats.

WhatsApp has also now added two more options in terms of disappearing times. The previous option of seven days remains, while new 24-hour and 90-day options have now been added. WhatsApp also notes that people who choose to use the default disappearing messages will see an alert that tells people that's the default whenever a new chat begins.

As WhatsApp continues to prove itself as one of the best iPhone instant messaging services around, improvements like his are welcome. Those looking to enable the new feature can do so by heading into the app's privacy settings and choosing the 'Default Message Timer' option. A support document explains more.