WhatsApp is looking to make the message timer feature also work with existing chats. It currently allows users to create new personal chats with the message timer feature turned on by default. This update to the message timer feature is said to be currently in the works for WhatsApp for Android Beta users. In related news, WhatsApp is also reportedly working on bringing a redesigned security page to the latest version of the WhatsApp Desktop beta. A similarly redesigned security page has reportedly appeared in the beta version of WhatsApp for Android.
According to a new report from WhatsApp feature tracker WABetainfo, WhatsApp is working on a new beta version of its Android app with version number 18.104.22.168. Users who are already enrolled in the Google Play Beta program may start receiving this update. As mentioned, the message timer feature is said to be brought to existing chats. Unlike the current feature that only allows users to create new personal chats with disappearing messages, this new option will allow users to select and activate message timers for multiple existing chats at the same time. Whatsapp users will then be able to choose a duration of 24 hours, 7 days or 90 days. Once activated, selected chats will start receiving disappearing messages. Since this feature is currently only available in beta, there’s no clear indication of whether or when it might see a wider release.
The Meta-owned company is also reportedly testing new changes to the WhatsApp Desktop client, which includes a new beta version. It’s reportedly working on a redesign of the desktop app’s security page, which may come in a future update. The new security page purportedly informs users about every aspect of the app, which is covered by secure 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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