WhatsApp might not be the most feature-rich messaging app on the block, but it’s by far one of the most popular, with an install base in the billions. Recently, a disappearing messages feature was introduced, where you could set a specific chat to self-destruct every so often. Right now, if enabled, the app will delete messages after 7 days, and more recently, WhatsApp started working on an option for doing so every 24 hours. But if you think even 7 days is too little time, no problem: WhatsApp is now also working on adding a 90-day option.

The feature was uncovered by WABetaInfo in the 2.21.17.16 beta update, but it’s not live just yet. Neither is the 24-hour option, for that matter — I tried downloading the latest beta to my device, and I’m only getting an option for 7-day disappearing messages.

When these in-development options finally do arrive, we’ll likely see the 7-day one remain available alongside the other two, bringing the total up to three — for when you want your messages disappearing right away, not urgently, or … eventually. Together with “view once” photos and videos, this means WhatsApp is getting better for sensitive chats, although it still has a long way to go compared to alternatives like Telegram on that front.

If you want to try it out on your device, you can’t yet, as it’s not available publicly — not even in the beta. Given how evidence for the 24-hour option started showing up months ago, and a new option has been added now, we’re hoping that things must be much closer to getting finalized.

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