Last year, WhatsApp introduced the ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature that allows users to enable a private chat mode to share personal information which disappears after a certain duration on iOS and Android. Now, the company is working on more changes to the ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature to enhance users’ experience.
WABetainfo has found that WhatsApp is releasing new changes to the way media shared in disappearing chats is automatically saved on their devices. The new changes are rolling out to WhatsApp beta and public tester for iOS and Android.
WhatsApp disables auto-save for media shared in ‘Disappearing Message’ mode
Previously, WhatsApp introduced new duration options for the Disappearing Messages feature: 24 hours and 90 days, in addition to 7 days for chats to self-destruct.
Now, to ensure users’ privacy, WhatsApp is going to disable auto-save for media shared in ‘Disappearing Message’ mode by default, and to save shared media in the phone’s gallery, users will have to disable ‘Disappearing Message’ mode. The changes will be available on iOS and Android in an upcoming update.
WhatsApp is now automatically turning off the option “media visibility” for disappearing chats on WhatsApp for Android, which let people view media in their phone’s gallery. This is to ensure a better privacy experience when using disappearing messages and to help keep media more private in disappearing chat threads.
In addition, WhatsApp is rolling out the same change on WhatsApp for iOS, where the option “Save to Camera Roll” is automatically turned off for disappearing chats. What is the difference? In this case, images, videos, and GIFs are never automatically saved in your camera roll if the general setting is enabled.
WABetainfo has also discovered that the company is going to launch a new camera interface for all users and recently rolled out new updates to Voice Message with a global player for users to easily multitask on the app.