Good news to all WhatsApp users who have been wishing there is a feature to enable one delete media file such as images, videos and gif sent mistakenly to a particular user. The new WhatsApp update will allow users to delete an image, video or gif on someone else’s phone after sending it to them. Though this feature already exist but WhatsApp has taken it to another level this time around
The Expiring Media feature, first spotted by the website WaBetaInfo, causes media to disappear after being viewed within a chat. In order to enable this fine feature, the sender needs to select a “view once” button when sharing images, videos or gif. When it appears on the recipients phone, it is only visible while they are in the chat, once they leave the chat, a message appears, saying: This media will disappear once you leave this chat. If they return to the chat, a bubble pops up that says: “View once photo expired.” Sounds cool right? Yes it does.
With more than 2 billion monthly active users worldwide, WhatsApp is by far the most popular messaging app on the planet. The new feature is still under development as part of the WhatsApp beta for Android 2.20.2011 version of the messaging app. It is not yet clear for now when WhatsApp will officially release this feature to the public via their app update, as new features are usually tested on a limited scale for several months before rolling out to all users. Introducing a new feature or update to the Facebook-owned app can be time-consuming and risky if bugs are not ironed out effectively.
Although disappearing messages are already supported by other messaging apps, having been pioneered by Snapchat way back 2011. Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook, also allows users to send disappearing messages through direct messages on its platform. This latest feature yet to be released by WhatsApp to its users is developed in such a way that users are unable to take a screenshot of the media in order to save the image to their phone or device.
WhatsApp typically does not comment on unreleased features but The Independent has reached out to see when a release date may be expected for the Expiring Media feature. Once a possible date is released.
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