WhatsApp has finally added the disappearing photos feature to the stable version of the app. The feature is known as ‘View Once’ and is similar to how Instagram’s self-deleting photos feature works. here’s How to send self-deleting photos and videos on WhatsApp
WhatsApp gets “View Once” photos and videos
WhatsApp now lets you send photos and videos that can only be viewed once by recipients. The new change initially started rolling out to the iPhone users through a new WhatsApp version on Tuesday.
However, shortly thereafter, the instant messaging app announced its rollout for all users, including the ones on Android.
WhatsApp has been testing the ‘View Once’ feature for some time to essentially enables photos and videos to disappear from the chat after they are viewed by the recipient. However, it doesn’t restrict people from keeping a record of the media content by simply taking their screenshots.
Things to know about WhatsApp ‘View Once’ feature?
The messaging app won’t allow you to forward, save, star, or share photos or videos that were sent or received with View Once media feature. You can only see if a recipient has opened a View Once photo or video if they have read receipts turned on.
WhatsApp allows anyone to take a screenshot or screen recording of the media before it disappears. Additionally, the individual won’t get notified if someone takes a screenshot or screen recording.
WhatsApp also warns that one can even take a photo or video of the media with a camera or other device before it disappears. The company says “Encrypted media may be stored for a few weeks on WhatsApp’s servers after you’ve sent it.”
How to ow to send self-deleting/Disappearing photos on WhatsApp?
- Open WhatsApp and tap on the attachment icon.
- Then, go to Gallery and select the photo or video you want to send to your contact.
- After selecting it, you will see a clock-like icon in the ‘Add a caption’ bar, just tap on it to enable the View Once feature.
Once you enable it, the app will show a message saying “Photo set to View Once.”
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