WhatsApp, a popular messaging app owned by Meta, is developing a “preserved message” feature. WaBetaInfo claims that this function will provide a means to temporarily archive a message before it expires. WhatsApp began implementing its vanishing message feature in August of 2021. Messages delivered as vanishing messages are removed after a certain time.
But the platform is working on giving users more control over these messages that disappear. With the kept message feature, chat messages won’t be deleted automatically, and everyone in the conversation will still be able to see them. Users will have control over the dialogue and may “un-keep” a message at any moment, WaBetaInfo reports.
It claims WhatsApp will add a bookmark symbol to vanishing messages to indicate a retained communication. The indicator indicates that the vanishing message has been ‘kept’ and stored even if the functionality is active.
The chat’s maintained message functionality will make it simple for users to differentiate between kept and deleted messages. It’s important to remember that any of the communications sent here may be removed at any moment by any of the involved parties.
This functionality is currently being worked on and will be included in a future release.
At the same time, WhatsApp is reportedly considering introducing QR code support for user data transfers. WaBetaInfo reports that this feature will make it easy to transfer conversation history to a new Android phone without using Google Drive.