WhatsApp’s Disappeared Messages feature, introduced earlier this year, allows users to send messages that automatically disappear after seven days. However, WhatsApp recently rolled out an update that extends the self-destruct timer, giving users the option to automatically delete chats after 24 hours, 7 days, or 90 days. Furthermore, WhatsApp now lets you set the default message disappearance timer for new chats, enabling you to make all your WhatsApp messages self-destruct by default. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to enable this feature.

Step 1: Update WhatsApp

To get started, open the Google Play Store on your Android device and search for WhatsApp. If an update is available, install it to ensure you have the latest version of WhatsApp.

Step 2: Access WhatsApp Settings

Open WhatsApp on your Android device and tap on the three vertical dots located in the top-right corner of the screen. This will open a drop-down menu with various options.

Step 3: Navigate to Settings

From the drop-down menu, locate and tap on the “Settings” option. It is usually located towards the bottom of the list.

Step 4: Open Account Settings

On the Settings page, look for the “Account” option and tap on it. This will take you to the Account settings.

Step 5: Access Privacy Settings

Within the Account settings, locate and tap on the “Privacy” option. This will open the Privacy settings page.

Step 6: Set Default Message Timer

Scroll down the Privacy settings page until you find the “Default message timer” option. Tap on it to proceed.

Step 7: Choose the Timer Duration

On the default message timer screen, you will see four options: 24 hours, 7 days, 90 days, and Off. Select the desired timer duration according to your preferences. For example, if you want your messages to self-destruct after 7 days, choose the “7 days” option.

Step 8: Start Chatting

Once you have set the default message timer, every new chat you initiate will have the self-destructing message timer enabled by default. You can also adjust the timer for individual chats within the chat settings if needed.

Congratulations! You have successfully enabled the self-destructing feature for all your WhatsApp messages by default.

With this new update, you can now have almost all your WhatsApp messages disappear after a specified duration of 1, 7, or 90 days. What are your thoughts on this new feature? Feel free to share your opinion with us in the comment box below. If you found this article helpful, please consider sharing it with your friends as well.