WhatsApp is reportedly working on ‘disappearing images’ — about fucking time

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Last year, WhatsApp introduced an ephemeral message feature. However, these messages last for seven days, which is a very long time for something that should go away after sending.

Fortunately, the chat app is working on a new mode that allows you to send ephemeral images, and these disappear as soon as you leave the chat.

The feature is currently under development, according to WABetaInfo. So sit back, dizzy little thing. But, it will land on both the iOS and Android versions, and that’s amazing.

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There are a few important points to note here. First of all, you can’t save these photos to your gallery or copy them to any other app. This is good because you don’t want your sensitive photos to be exported outside of the app.

However, there is no screenshot detection feature yet. So, someone could potentially take a screenshot to keep track of a fleeting photo. WABetaInfo noted that disappearing messages in Instagram Direct works the same.

Since this feature is under development, it hasn’t even reached the test versions of the app. But we’ll keep an eye out for its release and write a detailed guide on how to send endangered images in WhatsApp.

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Published March 3, 2021 – 12:26 UTC


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