Disappearing photos reach WhatsApp: this is how they work
After appearing in the beta version of the apps a few weeks ago, WhatsApp has already started activating disappearing photos for all users. It will be done throughout this week, and users will need to have the latest version of the application installed on our devices.
A single chance to view WhatsApp photos and videos
WhatsApp name this function on its official website What “single view photos and videos“, since it is content that they can only be opened once and then disappear forever. Already present in other messaging services, the idea of this option is that users can send photos and videos with confidential or sensitive information in a more secure way.
As we have explained in our Xataka Basics tutorial, the only thing we have to do to make the photo or video we send disappear is to press the icon of a circle with a (1) inside it. The recipient will only be able to open the image or video once and in full screen, no built-in options to forward it to anyone else or use it in other apps. Not even you yourself will be able to see it again, although in the information of the message you can know if the recipient has seen it or not.
If you have the latest version of WhatsApp installed on your device, you can check if you already have the option by looking for the icon with (1) in the interface to send images or videos that you make with the camera. You may not have it yet, as it will take a few more days for the news to spread to the whole world. Works on iOS, Android and even from the web interface and desktop applications.