WhatsApp Bringing View Once Photos and Videos Feature to Desktop and Web Apps
WhatsApp users can send photos and videos that can only be viewed once before being erased from the chat.
WhatsApp is expanding the availability of its View Once feature, which allows users to send photos and videos that disappear after being viewed once, to its desktop and web apps. The feature was previously available on these platforms but was removed due to security concerns.
According to a report by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is now rolling out the feature to eligible users. The report includes a screenshot showing the option to set the "View Once" setting for media within the caption bar in the drawing editor on the WhatsApp for Windows platform.
The report also states that the feature is being enabled for Windows, macOS, and linked devices like iPads. Additionally, the feature is being extended to the WhatsApp Web platform.
The feature is rolling out gradually, and some users have already received it over the past few weeks. If you do not see the option yet, it is likely to come soon. Make sure that your WhatsApp desktop and web apps are updated to the latest versions.
What is the View Once Feature?
The View Once feature allows users to send photos and videos that disappear after being viewed once by the recipient. This can be useful for sending sensitive information or for sharing content that you don't want to be permanently saved on the recipient's device.
How to Use the View Once Feature
To use the View Once feature on WhatsApp for desktop or web, simply select the photo or video you want to send, then click the "View Once" toggle switch. Once the recipient has viewed the media, it will disappear from the chat.
What to Keep in Mind
It is important to note that even though the media disappears from the chat after being viewed once, it may still be saved to the recipient's device if they take a screenshot or screen recording before viewing it. Additionally, recipients will still be able to see the preview image of the media before they view it.
Overall, the reintroduction of the View Once feature for WhatsApp desktop and web apps is a welcome addition for users who want more control over their privacy.