WhatsApp has tested a few extra features for its iOS app with the ability to “see once” photos and videos that are sent, as well as a new redesigned notification in the app.
According to always reliable WABetaInfo, after recently rolling out this feature for Android beta testers, WhatsApp finally makes the “show once” feature available for iOS beta users with version 126.96.36.199.
With this feature available, users will be able to use the Snapchat-like feature to send photos and videos that destroy themselves after being viewed. Although different from Snapchat, WhatsApp will not say if someone has taken a screenshot or not.
The app will not warn people, according to WABetaInfo, because there is no safe way to ensure that a screenshot is not taken, as there are several ways to bypass it.
If you are a WhatsApp beta tester, try sending a photo or video to see if the new feature is already available to you after updating the app from TestFlight.
When you send media, it already disappears from your mobile phone, and it will also disappear in the recipient’s phone when he opens it once. You will be notified when the recipient opens the image / video because the bubble message will report “Opened”.
Other details, such as who opened your photo / video, are available at Message Info.
Another feature rolling out in this beta is a new redesigned notification in the app. With this update, users can now see more details in the notification banner such as photos, videos, GIFs and stickers.
The user can now expand the notification in the app to view chat preview: chat preview is not static like the one displayed when viewing a chat cell, so the user can scroll up and down to see older and newer messages.
Although the notification in the app has been redesigned, WhatsApp says that if you read a message through it, it will not count as “read”, as you need to open the chat normally.
It is still not clear when the app will release these features publicly, but since they will be made available to beta testers, it should not take long.
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