Last year, WhatsApp launched a feature called “Disappearing Messages,” which made messages automatically vanish after seven days. Now, the Facebook-owned company is testing a new option that will give messages an even shorter lifespan of just 24 hours.

Like its predecessor, the new 24-hour feature, which has been spotted in the latest WhatsApp beta by WABetaInfo, will be available as an additional setting. A rollout to Android, iOS and WhatsApp Web users is expected soon, however, no information has been disclosed as to the official release date.

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The Disappearing Messages feature on iOS. (Image: Whatsapp)

To enable the option, users will need to open the chatbox for a contact on the app, and then tap on the contact’s name. Thereafter they simply have to scroll down to the Disappearing Messages option and turn it on.

Apart from the 24-hour disappearing messages, WhatsApp is also developing a media-destruct feature, which will automatically wipe photos and videos after a fixed period has elapsed. The feature is expected to be offered to Android users first.

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