WhatsApp may be developing a new self-destructing image function that will make images sent in a chat vanish for both the sender and the recipient. This will be similar to WhatsApp Messenger’s disappearing messages feature, which was introduced in November of last year.
As spotted by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp’s disappearing images feature will be similar to the disappearing image concept of Instagram Direct.
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. ⏱ pic.twitter.com/LLsezVL2Hj
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) March 3, 2021
A new button will be added to the image preview window, according to the leaked screenshots. By tapping the button, users can send a picture, which will disappear once the sender leaves the chat page.
“This media will vanish once you leave this chat,” says the message to both the sender and the recipients. The user would be unable to save the photos if they have an expiration date. If you take a screenshot on Snapchat, it will warn you, but if you screenshot a self-destructing picture on WhatsApp, it will not notify the initial sender, according to WABetaInfo’s findings.
There is no particular date as of when this feature will arrive to the public.