Disappearing messages will roll out to all WhatsApp users this month [Photo: Shutterstock]

With over two billion users, WhatsApp is without a doubt one of the most popular messaging apps around the world. If you use WhatsApp, it’s likely you have the basic functions down, but there are actually a number of handy features you might not be aware of.

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One of these is the disappearing messages feature, which is rolling out this month. When enabled, the feature will automatically delete messages after seven days, helping your conversations to feel lighter and more private.

WhatsApp explained: “Today, WhatsApp messages often live on our phones forever. While it’s great to hold onto memories from friends and family, most of what we send doesn’t need to be everlasting. Our goal is to make conversations on WhatsApp feel as close to in-person as possible, which means they shouldn't have to stick around forever. That’s why we’re excited to introduce the option to use disappearing messages on WhatsApp.”

Users have the option to enable the feature in one-to-one chats, while group admins will have the control in group chats. While early rumours indicated that WhatsApp could allow you to choose when the messages would last before they disappeared, WhatsApp initially will only let you set a time of seven days.

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It explained: “We’re starting with 7 days because we think it offers peace of mind that conversations aren’t permanent, while remaining practical so you don’t forget what you were chatting about. The shopping list or store address you received a few days ago will be there while you need it, and then disappear after you don’t.” Disappearing messages will roll out to all WhatsApp users this month.