WhatsApp is rolling out a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to 184.108.40.206.
What’s new in this update? WhatsApp is releasing a kept messages section within chat info, for some beta testers!
|Name of the feature?||Kept messages|
|Compatibility?||WhatsApp beta for Android 220.127.116.11 is marked as a compatible update, but some users may be able to get the same feature after installing one of these updates: 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124.|
|I’ve installed this update but I don’t have this feature. Why?||This feature has been released to some beta testers. WhatsApp plans to release it to even more people in the future.|
|Thanks:||kingcyrious, Sc, Hypogriff, and Abu Bakr Sadiq, for testing and reporting!|
|How to join the community on WhatsApp?||WABetaInfo Community|
|Previous news?||WhatsApp news of the week: voice note transcription on iOS|
In the article about the WhatsApp beta for Android 126.96.36.199 update, we announced a new feature under development: kept messages. This feature can be used to keep messages from disappearing so they can last forever for everyone in the chat. The feature was under development for a long time but after installing the latest WhatsApp beta for Android 188.8.131.52 update from the Play Store (the business version of the app), we discovered that WhatsApp is now rolling out this feature to some beta testers:
As you can see in this screenshot, a new section called “kept messages” will appear within chat info, in case the feature is available for your WhatsApp account. When someone keeps a disappearing message, it will no longer disappear from the chat after its expiration, but everyone is still in control over those messages as they can be deleted at any time. In this section, all kept messages will be listed so everyone in the conversation can easily find them in the future.
Note that at the moment, it is not possible to keep a disappearing message as this feature will be available in the future. We understand it is weird as the kept messages section is already available within chat info, but it is only a matter of time. In addition, when it will be possible to keep messages from disappearing, the ability to mark messages as starred and the starred messages section within chat info will be removed for disappearing chats because it makes no sense to star those messages in case they’re going to disappear.
The kept messages section is available for some beta testers that install the latest update of WhatsApp beta for Android from the Play Store and it is rolling out to even more people over the coming days. We will keep you up to date when WhatsApp is releasing the ability to keep disappearing messages in the future.
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