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WhatsApp Gets ‘View Once’ Feature That Deletes Photos, Videos After Opening

- Updated: 5th Aug 2021, 07:47 IST
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    What does ‘View Once’ feature offer?

iPhone users using WhatsApp now has the ability to send photos and videos – which you can ‘View Once’ – by recipients. Apparently, this is currently rolling out to users through a new WhatsApp version. Moreover, it is available for download through the App Store. In addition, it also changes the style of in-app message notifications. Meanwhile, this is not the first time the messaging platform is testing this feature – they are testing it for some time now. However, it doesn’t restrict people from keeping a record of the media content by simply taking their screenshots.

Also read: WhatsApp Bringing Disappearing Photos and Videos Feature to iOS Soon

What does ‘View Once’ feature offer?

‘View once’ messaging feature has started rolling out through WhatsApp for iPhone version 2.21.150 in India. After it updates, users will be able to enable the disappearing of the photo or video before sending them to your contacts by tapping the new ‘1′ icon that appears next to the caption bar. Although one should note that photos and videos via this feature will no longer be visible in the chat. The media content will also not be saved to the recipient’s Photos or Gallery. Additionally, users cannot also forward it to any other users. However, recipients can still take a screenshot of the ‘view once’ photos or capture these videos by using the default screen recording feature.

Also Read: WhatsApp New Multi-Device Feature is Rolling Out for Beta Testers: Here’s How it Works

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Photo Credits: WhatsApp | View Once Feature

To recall, this feature started its testing late last year. The View Once feature also entered the beta testing phase for both Android and iOS devices. The Facebook-owned app was also brought to WhatsApp Web for some users last month. Alongside the ‘view once’ feature, the updated WhatsApp for iPhone brings the new style of in-app message notifications that removes the clutter and brings more focus to the message content.

Also read: WhatsApp Will Reportedly Allow Android Users To Choose Image Quality Before Sending It

Meanwhile, WhatsApp has finally begun rolling out its new much-anticipated multi-device feature. It will allow users to use the text messaging application on up to four non-phone platforms at the same time.  The new concept, which is currently in a limited public beta test, comes months after rumours of its existence surfaced.