Say you’re planning a surprise party for a friend and you don’t want them to accidentally find out, how do you do that when you’re coordinating with a group of friends over instant messenger? You could create a group chat, but if you’re out with that friend and they see the messages, the surprise would be ruined!

The good news is that if you use Google’s Allo messenger platform, Google’s head of product for Allo Amit Fulay posted a tweet in which he announced that incognito mode for group chats is finally here. In case it wasn’t obvious already, incognito mode for group chats basically lets users create a group chat in which the messages will expire after a set time, as you can see in the screenshot to the right.

This means that you can go ahead and plan the party and when the messages have expired, there will be no evidence left behind for the other person to find out. In addition to incognito mode for group chats, Fulay also revealed that the update will bring about chat backup and restore features, as well as link previews. If you haven’t already updated the app then you should probably go ahead and do so via the Google Play Store.

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