Let’s face it, chat messages that have the ability to self-destruct in a set number of time is a brilliant idea. It’s not like you’ve got something to hide, some people generally just don’t like to keep messages lying around so what better tool to use than a messenger that automatically deletes them not just from your device, but from their server as well? Line recently rolled out an update to its Android and iOS app with a new “Hidden Chats” feature.
Available immediately in their respective app stores – iOS and Android, Hidden Chats allows users to send messages that will be deleted after a predetermined amount of time. In order to send a “Hidden Chat”, you must start a new conversation with your contact. Once the messages have been viewed, it will self destruct in after an allocated time – 2s, 5s, 10s, a minute, an hour or even an entire week.
Other similar messaging apps that have self-destructing message are Snapchat, possibly the app that made this whole feature famous, as well as Telegram that we talked about before, which also requires users to have a separate thread for secret chats.