This WhatsApp feature will save you from embarrassment! But beware there is a catch!
WhatsApp has an amazing stealth feature that can save you from embarrassing moments, or it can help you to be more stealthy. Although this amazing stealth feature of WhatsApp comes with a little catch.
Have you ever been in a situation where you wanna send a text but not sure if it might land you in an embarrassing situation sometime in the future? We all have been in a situation where a secret message just makes sense.
So, the message has some sensitive information. There are many embarrassing stories floating on the internet about how your past can haunt you. We all have heard stories where past messages, photos, tweets, or behavior have surfaced and embarrassed many celebrities.
No one wants to be the subject of these stories. These things can actually hurt you in your job, social life, and relationship and permanently stain your reputation.
To save us from such embarrassment there is an option available on WhatsApp, called disappearing messages. This disappearing message can boost your privacy albeit, with one little catch.
Let's discuss in detail about the feature
Whatsapp, is the most popular global mobile messenger apps as of January 2021, based on the number of monthly active users. As of January 2021, two billion users were accessing WhatsApp messenger every month. Whatsapp offers free of charge instant messaging service to its users globally.
A quick Intro of the Application
Instant messaging is a type of online chat which offers a real-time transmission of text, images, videos, etc. via the internet. Since the early appearance of smartphones and the subsequent booming of the mobile apps industry, messaging has been in the market. These low-cost or free social messaging apps have proven themselves as a cheap alternative to operator-based text messaging via SMS.
Many messenger apps offer features that enhance the overall chatting experience. Features like group chats, the exchange of graphics, video, and even audio messages as well as stickers or emoticons are in trend.
The most distinct feature of WhatsApp that made a market for it is the end-to-end encryption model. End-to-end encryption is a system of communication where only the communicating users have the access to read and write the messages. In principle, it prevents potential eavesdroppers including internet providers, telecom providers, and communication services providers. The software encrypts the message send and this message is only decrypted with a key that is only available on the app installed in the recipient’s phone.
Why in news?
We often see Whatsapp trending on news almost every day, sometimes for good reasons and often for rather controversial reasons. Nevertheless, it is the most popular mobile messaging app globally. Whatsapp has introduced a disappearing messages feature, which may be a god-sent gift for some people. If you are among the people who want to live their life in a bit of stealth. Or, if you don’t want to encounter any shadows of your behavior this feature can be useful in your arsenal. The disappearing messages feature allows a sender to send a message and within 7 days that message will disappear. Hence the message will be deleted from the recipient’s Whatsapp account.
However, the feature has brought a catch with it. Even though the message will be deleted, the recipient can still take a screenshot before it disappears and save it. Also, the answer to the deleted message or the message trail around it remains. So, it is better to be wary of the possibilities before using the disappearing message feature.
How to turn on Whatsapp disappearing messages:
- First, open up the Whatsapp messenger app.
- Then click on the person’s name and turn the disappearing messages feature on.
- Great, now you are free to use the disappearing messages feature.
The WhatsApp disappearing messages feature is available for both Android and iOS users.
Let's have a look at the history of WhatsApp
WhatsApp was first founded by Brian Acton and Jan Koum in 2009. After purchasing an iPhone and realizing the huge potential of the rising app industry on the App Store.
Koum and Acton began visiting Koum’s friend Alex Fishman in West San Jose to discuss a new type of messaging app that would show “statuses next to individual names of the people”. Koum named the app WhatsApp to make it sound like “what’s up”.
A Big Change : Acquiring the WhatsApp
In February 2014, social network Facebook acquired WhatsApp for 19 billion U.S. dollars. Soon, it became the world’s most popular messaging application by 2015 and has over 2 billion users worldwide as of February 2020. For a long, it has been the primary means of internet communication in multiple locations, including Latin America, the Indian subcontinent, and large parts of Europe and Africa.
WhatsApp’s client application runs on mobile devices, the service requires a cellular mobile telephone number to sign up. However, the app is also accessible from desktop computers, as long as the user’s mobile device remains connected to the Internet while using the desktop app. In January 2018, WhatsApp released a standalone business app targeted at small business owners, called WhatsApp Business, to allow companies to communicate with customers who use the standard WhatsApp client.
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