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This article was published on March 3, 2021

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

WhatsApp is reportedly working on ‘disappearing images’ — about fucking time Image by: WABetainfo
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

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

Thankfully, the chat app is working on a new mode that lets you send ephemeral images, and those disappear as soon as you leave the chat.

The feature is currently under development, according to WABetaInfo. So settle down you giddy little thing. But, it’ll land on both iOS and Android versions, and that’s amazing.

[Read: WhatsApp will ease you into accepting its privacy policy with a banner]

There are a couple of important things to note here. First, you can’t save these photos in your gallery or copy them to another app. That’s good because you don’t want your sensitive photos being exported out of the app.

However, there’s no screenshot detection feature as of yet. So, someone could potentially take a screenshot to keep a record of an ephemeral photo. WABetaInfo noted that disappearing messages in Instagram Direct works in the same way.

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

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