This new feature has been talked about for some time, and the first mentions of it became public around November last year. Since then, beta testing has been underway on iOS, then testing moved to Android, and now the ability to send messages is finally officially here. And it’s not as bizarre as it might seem at first glance.
Send messages to yourself
It might seem like a strange feature that has little use. But the opposite is true. It’s quite a useful thing and WhatsApp is definitely not the first to come up with it. The ability to send a message to your own chat is made possible by Messenger, Instagram or Slack, for example.
This feature has finally arrived officially on Android and is available with the latest update. It’s especially great for people who have trouble remembering multiple things and you can use the chat to send things like your shopping list, tasks you have to do that day or just things you want to keep an eye on.
How do you do that?
It’s very simple. Within WhatsApp, you press the button to create a new chat, and then the contacts menu opens. Your own contact is at the very first place and is marked as I (You). Then just click on it and you can post like any other WhatsApp message.
It’s definitely handy that you can pin attachments or even your own location to the message. And even the messages you send to yourself are secured with end-to-end encryption, so they can’t be tracked by anyone who isn’t directly involved in the conversation.
Keep your notes everywhere
If you use WhatsApp on multiple devices, those custom messages sync to all the platforms you use and you’ll be able to see them really everywhere. And disappearing messages work too, where you can set it to automatically delete them after 24 hours, 7 days or 90 days. This will be ideal for sensitive reminders or for messages you know will become irrelevant over time.