Whatsapp’s new feature to allow users to save disappearing messages

Senders will be notified when recipients save a message and can veto the decision.

Farhana Subuhan

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Published: 24 April 2023, 3:52 PM

WhatsApp has introduced a new feature that will allow users who have turned on the Disappearing Messages function to save important messages.

The new feature, called Keep in Chat, was introduced in a bid to grant users more control over their conversations.

Disappearing Messages, introduced in 2020, automatically deletes messages after a set period of time. While the feature enhances privacy, Whatsapp acknowledged that some users may want to keep certain messages for future reference.

With Keep in Chat, recipients can save the messages they want to keep for later. However, the sender of the message has the final say on whether the message can be saved.

When the recipient saves a message, the sender is notified and can veto the decision. But, if the sender decides that the message cannot be saved, the message will be deleted when the timer expires.

Messages saved in the Keep in Chat feature will be noted with a bookmark icon, and users can see these messages, organised by chat, in the Kept Messages folder.

WhatsApp hopes that the Keep in Chat feature will “grant users more flexibility and control over their conversations”. The feature will roll out globally over the next few weeks.

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