‘WhatsApp automatically tests disappearing photos and videos’

WhatsApp is developing the new ‘Expiring Media’ feature, which allows photos, videos or GIFs sent to a contact to automatically disappear again. Which discovered WABetaInfo, that more often spot new functions in the test versions of WhatsApp.

It does not seem possible to set when exactly the sent images disappear. There would be no time limit to set. Instead, it appears to happen on its own after images are opened, or after the recipient or sender has left the chat. There would therefore be no message that sent content has disappeared, as is now the case with post-deleted messages.


According to WABetaInfo, it is not known whether WhatsApp will notify users if the recipient has taken a screenshot with their phone, as some competing chat apps, such as Snapchat, have been doing for some time.

The Expiring Media feature will be in a future test version of WhatsApp. It is not known when the feature will be rolled out. It often takes months for a new function to be ready for a global rollout.

Multiple devices at the same time

That also applies to another new feature that the WhatsApp team is working on according to WABetaInfo: support for multiple devices at the same time. That function, which has appeared earlier, will also be in a future test version of the app.

You could therefore use WhatsApp on other devices if your phone is not nearby. Even if your smartphone doesn’t have internet, you could still use WhatsApp on your computer if it is online, for example. WhatsApp would then also work on the Facebook Portal, a smart screen that Facebook does not yet sell in the Netherlands.

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