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WhatsApp Working on a Feature to Self-destruct Messages: Report

According to WABetaInfo, the feature will be initially available for group chats only and can be enabled by the group's administrators. Once enabled, the feature can be toggled in Contact Info or Group Settings

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Facebook-owned WhatsApp is working on a feature that will delete messages automatically after a stipulated time as set by users, according to WABetaInfo, a fan site that tests new WhatsApp features early.

Renamed “Delete Messages” from earlier “Disappearing Messages”, the feature is being tested in beta mode.

“In the WhatsApp beta for Android 2.19.282 update, we presented a new feature called ‘Disappearing Messages’ that will automatically delete messages after a certain time. The feature is still under development, and WhatsApp is starting to work again on it in the 2.19.348 update, where they renamed ‘Disappearing Messages’ to ‘Delete Messages’,” WABetaInfo reported.

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FILE – The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

Once available, the “Delete Message” feature will come with a toggle on/off button and users can choose a stipulated time — 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month or 1 year — for the messages to automatically disappear.

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Users who have enrolled themselves for Google Play beta programme can download the latest version. They can also manually update the app by downloading it from the APK available on APK Mirror platform.

According to WABetaInfo, the feature will be initially available for group chats only and can be enabled by the group’s administrators. Once enabled, the feature can be toggled in Contact Info or Group Settings. (IANS)

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WhatsApp Reveals its Dark Mode Having Some Hidden Features

According to WABetaInfo, the feature will be initially available for group chats only and can be enabled by the group's administrators. Once enabled, the feature can be toggled in Contact Info or Group Settings

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Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to logos of social media apps Signal, Whatsapp and Telegram projected on a screen in this picture illustration. VOA

Dark Mode for WhatsApp has been in the news for long and now a new beta update with the build number 2.19.353 has revealed some hidden features which will offer three options for activating the dark mode.

The light theme would offer a white background. Dark theme, as the name suggests, would enable dark mode on WhatsApp, according to WABetaInfo, a fan website that tracks WhatsApp updates.

The third option, which is ‘Set by Battery Saver’, dark mode would be activated only when the smartphone’s battery level drops below a certain point. This third option is said to be available only for smartphones running on Android 9.0 or older.

WhatsApp dark theme comes with a dark grey background and the text highlighted in white colour. Light theme is essentially a lighter version of the dark theme.

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FILE – The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration. VOA

Meanwhile, users will be able to choose between light and dark theme according to their preference.

Recently, WhatsApp beta version 2.19.348 for Android devices was released and it was spotted adding a self-destructing ‘Delete messages’ feature.

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Once available, the “Delete Message” feature will come with a toggle on/off button and users can choose a stipulated time — 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month or 1 year — for the messages to automatically disappear.

According to WABetaInfo, the feature will be initially available for group chats only and can be enabled by the group’s administrators. Once enabled, the feature can be toggled in Contact Info or Group Settings. (IANS)