With WhatsApp’s disappearing messages function, users can send messages that are only visible for a limited amount of time in the chat window. Those fading messages can be saved, though, with the use of a retained message option.
Users will still be able to “un-keep” messages if they choose not to preserve them, though. The conversations will be permanently deleted from the chat if they choose the un-keep option.
According to a screenshot provided by Wabetainfo, a retained message can be recognised by the bookmark icon, which can be spotted in the message bubble of vanishing messages. The mark denotes that the message’s disappearance has been “preserved.” The chat will remain in the window once the symbol appears.
“This icon serves as a visual indicator that the disappearing message has been “kept” and will not disappear from the chat, even if the disappearing messages feature is turned on and the message is already expired.
This feature allows users to easily distinguish kept messages from regular disappearing messages within the chat. It is worth noting that all participants in the conversation can delete these messages at any time,” the website stated.
According to the website, WhatsApp is working on adding the option to prevent communications from dissipating in a future software update. When the feature will be accessible to users is unknown.
In related news, WhatsApp has formally launched the capability to access the messaging service during internet outages. Proxy servers have been introduced by WhatsApp, allowing users to access the messaging service.