WhatsApp Spotted Testing ‘View Once’ Feature for Windows Users

WhatsApp has started testing a new “Show once” feature on Windows to allow users to access photos and videos that are meant to be viewed once in the app. It was seen on a beta version of WhatsApp’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app which is currently intended for testing purposes. WhatsApp has also separately started testing a new pop-up menu for phone numbers you receive in a message to let you choose between dialing the number or adding it to contacts by tapping it in the chat.

As spotted by WhatsApp Feature Tracker WABetaInfo, WhatsApp for Windows beta 2.2212.2.0 has been released for early testers with the ability to view photos and videos shared with the “View Once” feature. However, the beta version does not include the ability to send media content that can be viewed once.

WhatsApp for Windows looks to roll out “View Once” feature support for beta testers
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The “Show once” feature was rolled out to Android and iPhone users last year. It allows users to make the photos and videos they share on WhatsApp disappear from the chat when viewed by the recipient. However, the pictures and videos shared with the feature can be saved by the recipient by simply taking their screenshots or screen recordings on their devices.

In addition to the beta version of Windows beta testers, WhatsApp for Android beta 2.22.8.11 has been released with the pop-up menu that appears when you tap a phone number available in the chat. It allows you to call the number directly with the default app or add it to your contact list.

If the phone number is already active on WhatsApp, the menu allows users to chat directly with their user.

WABetaInfo reports that the new pop-up menu is rolled out to certain beta testers. A screenshot showing the experience has also been shared by the site. Exact details about when the feature will be available to regular users have not yet been revealed.

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WhatsApp for Android has been discovered testing a new pop-up menu to display phone number options
Photo credit: WABetaInfo

Normally, WhatsApp takes users to the default dialing app when they tap a phone number in the chat.

WABetaInfo has reported separately that WhatsApp has fixed an issue that resulted in the chat button being displayed incorrectly in the chat list. It is part of WhatsApp for Android beta version 2.22.8.10.

The beta version also shows a green dot in the WhatsApp settings to inform testers to check the reminder of the update of the terms of use in India. The update is part of the obligations that WhatsApp and other social media companies have due to the new IT rules in the country.

Earlier this week, WhatsApp updated its voicemail experience by launching features including off-chat playback and the ability to record messages where you left off. The instant messaging app was also recently seen working to allow file sharing for files as large as 2 GB on Android and iOS and a darker theme specifically for users on iOS 15 and later versions.


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