WhatsApp is currently rolling out a new feature called Status, which lets you send self-destructing (ephemeral) messages, and it also lets you post pictures and videos with filters, decorations, effects, and more.
As you may have already noticed these new features a very similar to the ones you’ll find at Snapchat, so it really doesn’t come as a surprise to me because recently, Facebook has started adding Snapchat-like features to some of its products.
Once WhatsApp’s Status feature has been fully rolled out, you’ll be able to share messages (videos, images, text) with all your friends or just a few if you want, that will automatically disappear after 24 hours have gone by.
Although WhatsApp has already started rolling out the new Status feature, not everyone can use it right now, but if you already have the new feature enabled, here’s how to use it:
How to send self-deleting messages using your WhatsApp account
- Open the WhatsApp app on your device.
- Swipe right to go to the new “Status” section within the app.
- Then tap on the icon on the top left that looks like a circle and has a big plus sign in the center.
- Now you will have the option to take a picture, make a video or upload any file that you already had stored on your device.
- After taking the photo or shooting your video, you can edit your newly created content by adding to it freehand drawings and text, emojis, filters, etc.
- When your photo, video, or message is ready tap on the send icon if you have an Android device, or tap on the blue button if you have an iPhone to post your message so everyone can see it.
See the video below how Snapchat’s new Status feature works:
That’s it! That’s how you use WhatsApp to send self-destructing messages. Status is a really cool feature which I’m sure most people will enjoy, especially those who haven’t jumped on the Snapchat bandwagon yet. If you already have access to the feature, or if you get it in the next couple of days, please do check it out, and then make sure to come back to let us know what you think.
If you want to use this feature, but you don’t have a WhatsApp account, then check out this guide to get one right away.