WhatsApp Adds A New ‘View Once’ Feature for Voice Messages | Spurzine

WhatsApp Adds A New ‘View Once’ Feature for Voice Messages


Meta is working hard around the clock to add new updates to WhatsApp and has now introduced another feature that has something to do with how one handles voice messages sent within the chatting app.

Meta has announced a new privacy feature for WhatsApp to add an extra layer of security within the app. The same “View Once” feature, which was introduced in 2021 for both photos and videos has now been added to voice messages too. What this means is that once a person sends a voice message to you and it is listened to, it will then disappear.

The social media giant has confirmed that the feature will be rolled out as a global release soon so, expect to receive it within the next few updates. If you haven’t updated your WhatsApp in a while, we recommend you do so as soon as possible as it’s not the best when it comes to keeping user data secure.

The new feature will come in handy for those who wish not to have their private voice messages exposed to third parties especially when they contain sensitive information. Cheaters out there must be filled with joy to hear about this update as they are going to utilise it to the maximum.

Just like with View Once photos and videos, View Once voice messages will also be marked with the “one-time” icon and will also only be played one time. According to WhatsApp’s support page, the company says that it will protect user’s voice messages with end-to-end encryption by default, just like any other personal messages.

It is important to note that users need to open a view once voice message within 14 days of it being sent, or else it’ll expire soon. In the same way, View Once photos and videos cannot be forwarded, saved, starred, or shared, the same will apply to the View Once messages too.

However, if a view once message hasn’t been opened yet it can be restored from backups. The company also advises users to send a view once message only to people they trust. It is worth noting that there are other ways to save a view once voice message. For example, users can record it using another device. WhatsApp will also allow users to report an inappropriate view once voice message. Android users will be able to record the voice messages using the native screen recorder.

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Allan Bangirana

Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre & Spurzine. He is passionate about tech, and games and occasionally writes about entertainment, lifestyle and so much more.

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