- WhatsApp lets you send “View Once” photos and videos, which will immediately disappear after they’re seen.
- To turn on View Once for your photos or videos, select what you want to send and then tap the “1” icon.
- Starting soon, people won’t be able to screenshot your View Once photos either.
Over the last few years, WhatsApp has added a lot of privacy features. One of the newest is “View Once,” a setting that makes it so any photo or video you send can only be opened one time.
Here’s how View Once works, and how to enable it.
How to send View Once photos and videos on WhatsApp
Like the name implies, photos and videos that you’ve marked as View Once can only be seen one time. After whoever you’ve sent the photo or video to opens it, it’ll disappear from the chat. It’ll also disappear if two weeks pass without them ever opening it.
To send a View Once photo or video:
1. Open up WhatsApp and enter a conversation or group chat.
2. Tap the plus sign icon, paperclip icon, or camera icon at the bottom of the screen to upload a photo or video.
3. Once you pick your photo or video and get to the screen where you can edit it and add a caption, tap the icon that looks like a circle with the number one in it. It should turn fully blue.
4. Send the photo or video.
In the conversation itself, your message will appear to you as just the word “Photo” or “Video” with the View Once icon next to it. But others will be able to tap the message and see the media you’ve sent.
What happens if someone screenshots your View Once photo?
When View Once was first released, it had a pretty big security flaw: Although people could only open your photos once, they could still take screenshots, meaning that the photos would never truly disappear. And unlike Snapchat, you don’t get a notification when someone screenshots your photos.
For most users, this is still the case. But WhatsApp has started testing out a new version of View Once that blocks people from taking screenshots.
While screenshot blocking is on, anyone taking a screenshot will only capture a blank screen. They’ll also see a message saying that their screenshot was blocked for “added privacy.”
WhatsApp is still testing screenshot blocking, and there’s no confirmed release date for it. But as time goes on, more and more users will gradually be enrolled in the feature. Until then, be careful about who you send View Once photos or videos to.