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After disappearing messages, WhatsApp working on self-destructing photos

The previous year witnessed quite a few rollouts and seems like the Facebook-owned messaging app has plans to roll out new features this year as well.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | March 3, 2021 | Updated 14:43 IST

Highlights

  • WhatsApp is working on a lot of new features.
  • WhatsApp is now working on self-destructing photos.
  • The traces of the upcoming feature was spotted in the beta updates.

WhatsApp is working on a lot of new features. The previous year witnessed quite a few rollouts and seems like the Facebook-owned messaging app has plans to roll out new features this year as well. As per reports, WhatsApp is now working on self-destructing photos. This could be similar to the disappearing messages feature. The traces of the upcoming feature was spotted in the beta updates.

As per a report by Wabetainfo, WhatsApp was spotted testing the self-destructing photos. "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. The same concept from Instagram Direct," the report read.

The report states that the feature if rolled out would be similar to what we have already seen on Instagram. Once the self-destructing mode is switched on, the picture will be removed from the chat as soon as you leave the chat. On Instagram too, users get the option to keep the picture in the chat and view it only once.

In the screenshots shared by Wabetainfo, a small icon for self-destructing photos is seen near the chatbox. The icon is placed right next to the option of adding pictures, videos and contacts. Once the mode is turned on, the picture will vanish as soon as you leave the chat. You cannot save the picture because it can only be viewed once. The pictures cannot be exported. You can take a screenshot though because WhatsApp has not tested the screenshot detection feature yet. Users can also use another device to click a picture of the picture if need be.

Apart from this, WhatsApp is working on the possibility to import third-party animated sticker packs in countries including India, Brazil, and Indonesia for iOS and Android users. "WhatsApp is finally enabling today the possibility to import custom animated sticker packs in the app!
The team is currently rolling out the feature for users in Brazil, Iran, and Indonesia, and compatible versions are mentioned above in the summary table. However, updating to the most recent builds (such as 2.21.40 iOS and 2.21.5.6 Android beta) can help to get the feature quickly in those countries," the Wabetainfo report read.

WhatsApp users can use Sticker Maker to create stickers that can be downloaded on the app. Once you create stickers, the app will automatically convert them to a webp file and make them ready to be imported to WhatsApp.

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