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WhatsApp starts rolling out the view once disappearing feature for photos and videos

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After testing the feature for two months, WhatsApp is finally rolling out the Snapchat-like ‘view once’ feature for photos and videos, to make messaging more private.

Initially, WhatsApp rolled out the feature for specific beta testers on Android and with the new update that has rolled out this week, the messaging giant has begun the launch phase.

“You can now send photos and videos that can only be viewed once by recipients. To get started, take a picture or choose an item from your gallery and tap the new “1” icon that appears next to the caption.”

read the ‘Version 2.21.150’ update details.

Just like Snapchat, when you send photos and videos using the view-once feature, they can only be viewed once, and you’re notified when the recipient has opened them. Additionally, when photos and videos are set to view-once, the media will disappear after you close it.

Despite the feature sharing similarities with the Snapchat feature, it has its downsides in comparison, for one; If you disable read receipts, the recipient will still see if you have opened the photo or video set to view once, but you cannot see when the recipient open yours. In groups, you can see when other participants open expiring photos even if you have disabled read receipts.

You should also take note that the recipient might save the photo or take screenshots, and WhatsApp won’t notify you because there isn’t a screenshot detection feature added.

Just like every WhatsApp update, the Version 2.21.150 details end with a note; “These features will roll out over the coming weeks.” so update the app and you will soon see the feature loading in no time, depending on the OS and region.

Are you looking forward to using this feature soon? Let us know in the comments.


WhatsApp has officially rolled out the View Once feature on all devices.

The messaging giant also noted that the new feature could be helpful for an array of needs that definitely aren’t sending nudes, like sharing a photo of some clothes you tried on or giving someone your wifi password.

Additionally, WhatsApp would like to remind you that just because the photos or video will vanish, that doesn’t prevent someone from taking a screenshot (and you won’t know if they do).

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