WhatsApp is now allowing users to send disappearing photo messages. With this new feature, dubbed “view once”, users can now transmit photographs and videos to each other in chats that can only be viewed once before fading. The Company says that this feature will give more privacy options in the hands of users and also claims that the storage of particular onetime useable photo/video will be saved.
‘View Once’ Feature on WhatsApp:
When taking a photo on the app, users can choose the timer icon to make the photo “view once.” The “view once” photos, unlike conventional photo or video messages, do not preview in the conversation and cannot be downloaded to your device. This feature will be useful while sending Wifi Passwords or while sending photos of clothes that you’re going to try in a shop.
While opening a “view once” photo, the recipient can still take a screenshot or record their screen, according to a help post, and unlike Snapchat, WhatsApp does not notify the sender when a screenshot is captured. As per the WhatsApp report, this feature is rolling out starting from this week.
"While taking photos or videos on our phones has become such a big part of our lives, not everything we share needs to become a permanent digital record. On many phones, simply taking a photo means it will take up space in your camera roll forever. That’s why today we’re rolling out new View Once photos and videos that disappear from the chat after they’ve been opened, giving users even more control over their privacy." - WhatsApp on its BlogPost