WhatsApp has a feature that lets you enable disappearing messages. These are messages that automatically delete after a period of time, but given that they aren’t deleted immediately, there is a chance that they could still be seen by someone else. This is why a couple of weeks ago, it was reported that WhatsApp was working on a more immediate feature.

The good news is that if this is something you’ve been looking forward to, WhatsApp has announced that the feature is now live. Dubbed “View Once”, this basically lets users set it so that whenever a photo or video they send can only be viewed once, after which it will be deleted, making it great for sensitive content.

According to WhatsApp, “While taking photos or videos on our phones has become such a big part of our lives, not everything we share needs to become a permanent digital record. On many phones, simply taking a photo means it will take up space in your camera roll forever. That’s why today we’re rolling out new View Once photos and videos that disappear from the chat after they’ve been opened, giving users even more control over their privacy.”

The feature is in the process of being rolled out, which WhatsApp says will take place over the next few weeks, so keep an eye out for it if it sounds like something you might be able to use in the future.

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