WhatsApp: Ephemeral messages can be kept longer

WhatsApp has updated its ephemeral messages feature. From now on, they will be able to disappear automatically after 24 hours or 90 days and not only 7 days, as was the case before.


  • In beta since last August, the function is available to all users
  • You will be able to keep your messages longer before they are automatically deleted

This new option for ephemeral messages was already in the beta of WhatsApp since last August. It is now officially deployed and should be available to all users as of Tuesday, December 7, as announced by the messaging giant via its blog.

Your ephemeral messages can now disappear after 24 hours or 90 days

In its blog post announcing the changes, WhatsApp introduced its ephemeral messages feature last year, and so far messages could only go away after 7 days. These two new time options therefore give you more control over your discussions. In fact, you can now choose to have your messages erased after only 24 hours or rather after 90 days.

You can now take advantage of these changes on iOS and Android. To do this, follow the following steps:

  1. Open WhatsApp
  2. Go to Settings> Account> Privacy
  3. Under the option Time before disappearance, choose the duration that suits you then validate

Your existing discussions will not be affected by the change. Also, you will now be able to activate ephemeral messages for all your individual chats at once and no longer one by one as was the case before. You can also activate the feature for new group chats.

Also note that WhatsApp will display a message in your chats to inform your correspondents that you are using the feature.

What do you think of these changes? Do you use ephemeral messages? Let’s discuss it in the comments!

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