By Kaya 959 Lifestyle
You can now send a message to your WhatsApp contact that will be able to delete itself once the reader has seen it.
WhatsApp has launched a new feature called ‘View Once’ that will see messages – even those containing videos or photographs – being deleted once the viewer has opened it.
The media, videos and photographs, will not be saved in the viewer’s phone so they will not be able to save, star or even share them.
It is just one of several features the cellphone application has been working on since June.
“You can send messages that disappear on WhatsApp by enabling disappearing messages. Once enabled, new messages sent in the individual or group chat will disappear after seven days.
“The most recent selection controls all messages in the chat. This setting won’t affect messages you previously sent or received in the chat. In an individual chat, either user can turn disappearing messages on or off,” WhatsApp explained.
Any participants in a group chat will also be able to turn ‘disappearing messages’ on or off.
“However, a group admin can change group settings to allow only admins to turn disappearing messages on or off.
“By default, media you receive in WhatsApp will be automatically saved to your photos. If disappearing messages is turned on, media sent in the chat will disappear, but will be saved on the phone if auto-download is on,” WhatsApp said.
According to WABetaInfo, the ‘disappearing messages’ feature was quite slow.
“It might take a while before receiving the feature,” the site reported.
New feature alert!
You can now send photos and videos that disappear after they’ve been opened via View Once on WhatsApp, giving you more control over your chats privacy! pic.twitter.com/Ig5BWbX1Ow
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) August 3, 2021
WhatsApp also announced that all archived chats will remain archived and muted.
Archive on WhatsApp lets you organize your private messages and prioritize important conversations. Your Archived chats will now remain archived and muted but you can always change them back! pic.twitter.com/QbAY6iu81p
— WhatsApp (@WhatsApp) July 27, 2021
WhatsApp is used by more than two billion people.