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Last year, WhatsApp rolled out an ephemeral messages feature. However, those messages were visible to the other person for seven days, and that’s quite a lot of days for information you want to disappear.
Here’s how you can use it:
- Download the beta version of the Android app — beta testing program on iOS is closed — or wait for the feature to roll out to the stable version.
- Go to the contact or group you want to send this one-time disappearing image to
- Select the image from the library or take a snap from the camera
- Tap on the icon displaying ‘1’ in the text box
As WhatsApp’s information label about the feature notes, anyone can take a screenshot of the image you sent and preserve it forever. However, if they exit the window, the image is gone.
This is a handy feature for sensitive images or documents you want someone to look at, but not leave a trace. Happy messaging.