WHATSAPP is reportedly working on a self-destructing photos feature in a move that could make it similar to Snapchat.
Apparently, users will be able to view an image once but it will disappear when they exit a chat and they won't be able to save it.
The feature was spotted by WhatsApp experts WABetaInfo in a beta version of the app.
WABetaInfo tweeted screenshots of the feature which showed a blurred image appearing next to a message that said "tap to view".
It also spotted a notification that pops up to users which says: "This media will disappear once you leave this chat".
WABetaInfo said: "WhatsApp is working on self-destructing photos in a future update for iOS and Android.
"Self-destructing photos cannot be exported from WhatsApp.
"WhatsApp didn't implement a screenshot detection for self-destructing photos yet. Same concept from Instagram Direct."
It's unclear how WhatsApp would tackle the issue of someone screenshotting an image that's supposed to self-destruct.
When that happens on Snapchat the sender receives a notification which tells them a screenshot of the content has been taken.
This is a big reason why people should be careful what kind of content they send to people online, even if they think it won't be saved.
As with all beta features, we can't be sure it will come to the official version of WhatsApp until we get confirmation from the company.
How to get WhatsApp beta
If you download WhatsApp beta you can try out both good and bad features when the platform wants to test them out.
To download WhatsApp beta for your smartphone you need to go to Google Play on your Android and search for WhatsApp.
Scroll down the page until you see "Become a Beta Tester".
Tap the "I'm In" button and then click "Join" to confirm.
Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.
Downloading WhatsApp beta on iOS is a much trickier and riskier process so this is not recommended.
However, WhatsApp beta can be downloaded on a computer via the Google Play site.
WhatsApp – a quick history
Here’s what you need to know…
- WhatsApp was created in 2009 by computer programmers Brian Acton and Jan Koum – former employees of Yahoo
- It's one of the most popular messaging services in the world
- Koum came up with the name WhatsApp because it sounded like "what's up"
- After a number of tweaks the app was released with a messaging component in June 2009, with 250,000 active users
- It was originally free but switched to a paid service to avoid growing too fast. Then in 2016, it became free again for all users
- Facebook bought WhatsApp Inc in February 2014 for $19.3billion (£14.64bn)
- The app is particularly popular because all messages are encrypted during transit, shutting out snoopers
- As of 2020, WhatsApp has over 2billion users globally
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