A new feature that alters the way disappearing messages function on the messaging app has been introduced by WhatsApp.
Users can now “keep” messages that are about to disappear in conversations, but senders will have control over which messages are kept. The messaging service has introduced a new “Keep in Chat” function that allows users to save a message for later access. The choice of whether the sender wants their messages saved by others rests solely with them. The messaging service has also released a fresh stable update for iOS that brings a brand-new sticker creator tool to users of Apple’s most recent operating system.
The messaging service notes in a recent blog post that while chats with fading messages do not last forever, users may now use the ‘Keep in Chat’ function to store the pertinent messages for later. However, the sender will determine whether other chat participants can save it for later. According to WhatsApp, the sender will be informed if a chat is saved.
Notably, users can access their saved WhatsApp messages in the Kept Messages folder and they will be identified by a bookmark icon. According to the messaging service owned by Meta, the capability is being made available to users worldwide.
WhatsApp is simultaneously releasing an update for iOS 23.7.82 through the App Store. The most recent update to WhatsApp adds a sticker creation facility that enables users to create stickers directly within the app without requiring third-party apps, according to information provided by feature tracker WABetaInfo. With iOS 16, users can take a subject from a picture and paste it into a chat to make their own unique stickers.
According to WABetaInfo, the sticker creation tool is made to function with iOS 16 and there are “no plans” to add support for prior iOS versions. The messaging service states that once finished, it will be turned into a sticker and added to the user’s sticker collection.