WhatsApp has announced a new feature that will allow people to save disappearing messages for the first time.
Disappearing messages are exactly what they sound like, messages to automatically expire and cannot be read once they do.
Now, WhatsApp says it’s going to allow the recipient to request that individual messages don’t expire, but the sender of that message will always have to give them the OK first.
Today we’re introducing “Keep in Chat,” so you can hang on to texts you need for later, with a special superpower for the sender. We believe if you’ve sent the message, it’s your choice whether others in the chat can keep it for later.
The new feature is called Keep in Chat and it is enabled by long-pressing on a message and selecting the option to keep it.
The sender of the message can either choose to allow it to be kept or choose to allow it to expire. Once a request to keep a message has been requested users can no longer request that specific message to be kept again.
WhatsApp says that the new feature is starting to roll out right now, although it could take a few weeks for it to find its way to everyone’s accounts. If you aren’t seeing it yet, hang fire — it’ll arrive eventually.
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