Back in December 2021, WhatsApp introduced a feature called “Disappearing Messages” allowing people to control their messages and how long they stick around. However, on occasion, the recipient of the messages may wish to keep them, but it’s up to the sender to determine whether or not the messages remain in the chat.
Last Friday, WhatsApp introduced a new feature called “Keep in Chat” that allows users to hang on to texts they need for later, with a special superpower for the sender. The company said they believe if you’ve sent the message, it’s your choice whether others in the chat can keep it for later.
The message sender will receive a notification when a recipient wants to save it. However, if the sender decides that their message cannot be saved by others, their choice will be final, and the message will be erased when the timer runs out. This approach gives users complete control over how their sent messages are safeguarded.
Any messages that users have saved on WhatsApp will be designated with a bookmark symbol, and will be viewable in the Kept Messages folder, organized by chat.
WhatsApp said this new feature will roll out globally over the next few weeks, so keep your eyes open for any app update.