WhatsApp finally launches its missing photos and videos feature. Just like Snapchat, only once you have opened the feature you can view photographs and videos.
Disappearing media were tested in June and will be released as a permanent update.
WhatsApp’s new update blog post on Facebook says:
“You might send a view for example a photo of new clothes at a shop or something like a Wi-Fi password, a rapid reaction at a moment’s notice.”
This not only increases the privacy of your WhatsApp communications but also prevents you from saving everything on your camera. The following video displays the action feature.
WhatsApp makes it clear that messages disappearing like with all other messages transmitted on the service are also secured against end-to-end encryption. The posts are also identified clearly with a “one-time” emblem.
After viewing the message, it appears as “open” to avoid confusion. However, be aware that recipients can record your missing messages still on a snapshot, and WhatsApp will not, unlike Snapchat, alert the sender.
The upgrade will be launched this week and should be available for all in the days ahead.