WhatsApp has introduced a new feature called “Keep in Chat” that allows users to keep certain messages even after the Disappearing Messages feature has been turned on. This feature is available for some users that install the latest updates of WhatsApp for iOS, Android, and Desktop, and it is rolling out for more people over the coming weeks.
|Name of the feature?||Keep in chat|
|Availability?||WhatsApp announced they will release the ability to keep messages from disappearing in the coming weeks.|
|I have updated my version of WhatsApp but I don’t have this features. Why?||This feature will roll out globally over the next few weeks.|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp beta for iOS 184.108.40.206: what’s new? WhatsApp is rolling out the ability to add a description to forwarded images, videos, GIFs, and documents!|
WhatsApp just announced in a recent blog post that a new feature is rolling out to users: the ability to keep messages from disappearing. In reality, this feature was already released to some beta testers after installing the WhatsApp beta for iOS 220.127.116.11 and the WhatsApp beta for Android 18.104.22.168 update but since it has been highlighted within an official blog post, it means the feature will soon be available for everyone.
Thanks to the Disappearing Messages feature, conversations are automatically deleted after a set period of time. While this provides an extra layer of privacy, it can also make it difficult for users to keep track of important messages. By using the option to keep a message in the conversation, users can now choose to save specific disappearing messages for future reference.
As mentioned in the blog post, the sender will be notified and given the option to veto the decision when someone keeps a message from disappearing. If the sender chooses to unkeep a message, it will be deleted when the timer expires. Thanks to this option, the sender still has complete control over how their messages. Messages that have been kept from disappearing will be marked with a bookmark icon, and they will be listed within a new section called “Kept Messages”, available within chat info. This allows users to easily access the messages they have chosen to keep.
Note that, even if the screenshot is taken from WhatsApp for Android, this feature is not exclusive to this platform as it is also available to some users on WhatsApp for iOS and Desktop. As announced in the official blog post, the ability to keep messages from disappearing will be released globally to all users over the coming weeks.
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