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    WhatsApp ‘Expiring Media’ Feature Tipped in New Beta Version


    WhatsApp initially found Expiring Media feature in place through a recent beta release.

    By Susshmita Choubey - 
    25th Sep 2020

    Highlights of the Story

    • WhatsApp has a new feature called Expiring Media.
    • This new feature is not visible to the end-users.
    • Recipients appear to receive a pop-up message about disappearing media.

    WhatsApp beta for Android has a new feature called Expiring Media. This new update released with further references to this new feature. However, it was initially in the works through the WhatsApp beta.

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    This feature will make media files such as images, videos, and GIFs in the recipient’s phone over WhatsApp disappear after viewing once. On the other hand, the latest beta version suggests how it will ultimately be implemented for end users.

    WhatsApp Expiring Media feature
    Source: WABetaInfo

    What this feature will offer?

    WABetaInfo, a WhatsApp features tracker shared some screenshots from the WhatsApp beta. These screenshots show that the messaging app will inform the recipient about the Expiring Media feature through a pop-up message.

    It will read “This media will disappear once you leave this chat.” It will appear once a media file has been shared using the new feature. You can do so by pressing the dedicated button available next to the add media shortcut.

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    Furthermore, it also shows that once the recipient leaves the chat, a bubble would appear saying – View once photo expired. WhatsApp will have a button to enable the Expiring Media feature for media files that will be called View Once.

    This messaging platoform may bring its new development alongside the Expiring Messaging feature. The latter is in plans for quite some time now. However, it comes with some clear evidence spotted in the WhatsApp beta for Android released last month.

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    Meanwhile, this new feature is not visible to the end-users. This new feature is likely to be provided, at least, to beta testers in the coming future.

    On the other hand, Instagram, also offers its users with the ability to send a disappearing photo or video as a direct message on its platform. But with WhatsApp it will have triple the number of users to experience this feature.

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