WhatsApp has released tests for a feature that aims to increase the privacy of its users. Some subscribers to the Android Beta program have started receiving the “one-stop view” function for photos and videos. Thus, it is possible to send media files which are automatically deleted after being opened.
The feature is not yet available to all users. The information was reported by WABetaInfo, page that usually talks about the new features of the messenger even before being announced. After viewing the photo or video, the media disappears once the user returns to the chat.
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To see if you are participating in the test of the “single view” mode of images and videos, just look for a button numbered 1 on the submission – icon that enables the function, as shown in the image below.
It is important to note that the feature is still in the testing phase and may not work as desired. The first problem is related to people who have disabled the blue check for messages. If you’re one of them, be aware that you can’t tell when other people have opened your photo or video.
In addition, those who want to circumvent this privacy feature can also save the file in conventional ways, such as taking a screenshot or recording the cell phone screen. Unfortunately, the user who sent the self-destruct message won’t know that someone has printed the screen.
For now, there is also no prediction of when and if the function will be available for the official version of the messenger. Also, as the feature is still in the testing phase, it can be modified before launch in standard WhatsApp.
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