WhatsApp Users Can Enable Disappearing Messages by Default

WhatsApp is now letting users turn on disappearing messages for all chats by default.

Prior to Monday’s update, users had to manually enable ephemerality for each new chat with another individual. WhatsApp is additionally also giving users the option to have their messages disappear after 24 hours or 90 days, in addition to the seven-day period it originally introduced the feature with last year.

WhatsApp Working on Audio Message Playback Speed Controls

WhatsApp is seemingly working on a feature that will allow users to control the playback speed of audio messages, something that already exists for voice notes. iMore spotted the development on a WABetaInfo post. Audio messages seem to be becoming increasingly popular, so I imagine this feature will be a welcome addition on the widely used app.

Audio messages are essentially forwarded voice notes, but while the latter can have its playback speed manipulated by the user, that isn’t the case with the former. According to a WABetaInfo post, that’s going to change — and has already done so for those who are testing the WhatsApp beta release. “The feature to play voice notes using different playback speeds was a huge success. After releasing the feature on WhatsApp beta for Android and WhatsApp Messenger beta for iOS updates, WhatsApp is now working on a new version of the feature, making it compatible with audio messages.”

WhatsApp Rolls Out Support for End-To-End Encrypted Backups

WhatsApp is rolling out support for end-to-end encrypted backups for Google Drive and iCloud. Here’s how to enable the feature.

Make sure you’ve got the latest version of WhatsApp.
Open Settings.
Tap Chats > Chat Backup > End-to-end Encrypted Backup.
Click Continue, then follow the prompts to create your password or 64-digit encryption key.
Hit Done, and wait for your end-to-end encrypted backup to be prepared. You may need to connect to a power source.