WhatsApp for iPhone to block screenshots for ‘View Once’ images and videos

Last year, WhatsApp introduced a new option called “View Once,” which allows users to send photos and videos that disappear after they’re opened, similar to what you can do on apps like Snapchat and Instagram. Now the platform wants to take this feature even further, this time blocking screenshots and screen recordings for “View Once” images and videos.

WhatsApp blocks screenshots for some media

As noted by WABetaInfo, which is known for highlighting what’s new in WhatsApp betas, the latest WhatsApp beta available on TestFlight for iPhone users blocks screenshots and screen recordings for content sent using the “View Once” option.

If someone tries to take a screenshot while viewing “View Once” media, WhatsApp will now display a message saying that the capture has been “blocked for more privacy”. As WABetaInfo points out, the final screenshot or screen recording will also display this warning instead of the actual content, protecting the user who submitted the image or video.

The new feature is available for users using WhatsApp beta 22.21.0.71 (build 405622068). It’s worth noting that there’s no way to disable the new privacy option that will become standard for WhatsApp users once it’s available to everyone. 9to5Mac got to test the new feature and it works as expected.

However, WhatsApp’s plans to release this screenshot-locking update to the public remain unknown.

Another new feature is coming to WhatsApp

But that’s not the only new feature coming to WhatsApp — the latest beta version of the app also adds the ability to create interactive polls. Recently, WhatsApp also announced that users can now create links to invite other people to join a call – just like Zoom and FaceTime.

The company is also working on a new macOS app based on the iPhone app thanks to Catalyst technology, so the app runs faster and uses fewer hardware resources. While the new WhatsApp app for Mac is still available as beta software, Windows users can now download the new native WhatsApp app.

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