It’s about time.
WhatsApp may not be the most recommended app at the moment, but it is clearly being used by billions of users worldwide. Over the years, the app has gotten a lot of significant new updates most notably support for expiring messages – though many pointed out that once turned on this feature will only delete messages after seven days.
A lot of users wanted something in the lines of Snapchat, where images for example can disappear after you’ve viewed them – but it looks like WhatsApp is finally adding a similar feature. A tweet by WABetaInfo seemingly confirms that WhatsApp is working on a new mode where sent images will disappear when you leave the chat.
WhatsApp is working on self-destructing photos in a future update for iOS and Android.
• Self-destructing photos cannot be exported from WhatsApp.
• WhatsApp didn't implement a screenshot detection for self-destructing photos yet.
Same concept from Instagram Direct. ⏱ pic.twitter.com/LLsezVL2Hj
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 3, 2021
This new feature, called self-destructing photos, also won’t let you save the images like a normal image. We can already see how the feature could benefit users who wouldn’t want sensitive images to be saved from the app. The only catch though is that the feature doesn’t seem to detect if someone takes a screenshot.
Those features could likely make their way to the final versions of WhatsApp. After all, WhatsApp needs to capture the trust of some users who have decided to leave the service due to the recent privacy changes that it will be implementing in a few months.