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WhatsApp Message Timer Feature for Existing Chats in Testing on Android: Report

WhatsApp is also redesigning the security page for the desktop client, as per a report.

WhatsApp Message Timer Feature for Existing Chats in Testing on Android: Report

Photo Credit: WABetainfo

WhatsApp currently only allows users to create new individual chats with disappearing messages

Highlights
  • WhatsApp already allows users to create new chats with a message timer
  • Users registered to the Google Play Beta Program will get this update
  • WhatsApp message timer has a limit of 24 hours, 7 days, 90 days

WhatsApp is looking to make the message timer feature also work with existing chats. It currently allows users to create new individual chats with the message timer feature turned on by default. This update to the message timer feature is currently said to be in the works for WhatsApp for Android beta users. In related news, WhatsApp is reportedly also working on bringing a redesigned security page with the latest build of the WhatsApp Desktop beta. A similarly redesigned security page has reportedly already been in WhatsApp beta for Android.

According to a new report by WhatsApp features tracker WABetainfo, WhatsApp is working on a new beta build for its Android app with the version number 2.22.11.11. Users who have registered for the Google Play Beta Program might start receiving this update. As previously mentioned, it is said to bring the message timer feature to existing chats. Unlike the current feature which only allows users to create new individual chats with disappearing messages, this new option will allow users to select and activate the message timer on multiple existing chats at the same time. Whatsapp users will then get the option to choose from a duration of 24 hours, 7 days, or 90 days. Once activated, the selected chats will start receiving disappearing messages. Since this feature is currently only available on the beta build, there is no clear indication if or when it might see a wider release.

The Meta-owned company is reportedly also testing out new changes to the WhatsApp Desktop client with a new beta build. It is reportedly redesigning the security page of the desktop app, which might be available in a future update. The new security page supposedly informs users regarding the various aspects of the app that are covered by secured end-to-end encryption. These will include text/ voice messages, audio/ video calls, location sharing, status updates, and shared photos, videos, and documents.


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Siddhant Chandra
Siddhant Chandra is a Consultant Sub Editor at Gadgets 360. This is his first foray into the tech space, having made the switch from travel. He holds a keen interest in keeping up with the latest hardware and software developments in the gaming industry. After work, you can mostly find him playing CS:GO with his buds, where he has clocked over 3K hours. You can reach him at siddhantc@ndtv.com. More
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