WhatsApp has started testing a new ‘View Once’ feature on Windows to let users have the ability to access photos and videos that are meant to be viewed once on the app. It was spotted on a beta release of WhatsApp’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app that is currently meant for testing purposes. WhatsApp has also separately started testing a new pop-up menu for phone numbers you get in a message to let you choose between dialling the number or adding it to contacts by tapping on it in the chat.
As spotted by WhatsApp features tracker WABetaInfo, WhatsApp for Windows beta 2.2212.2.0 has been released for early testers with the ability to view photos and videos shared using the ‘View Once’ feature. The beta version, though, doesn’t include the option to send media content that can be viewed once.
The ‘View Once’ feature was rolled out to Android and iPhone users last year. It allows users to make the photos and videos they share on WhatsApp disappear from the chat once they are viewed by the recipient. The photos and videos shared using the feature can, however, be saved by the recipient by simply taking their screenshots or screen recording on their devices.
Alongside the beta release for Windows beta testers, WhatsApp for Android beta 188.8.131.52 has been released with the pop-up menu that appears once you tap a phone number available in the chat. It gives you the option to dial the number directly using the default app or add it to your contacts list.
In case the phone number is already active on WhatsApp, the menu gives users the ability to chat directly with its user.
WABetaInfo reports that the new pop-up menu is rolling out to some beta testers. A screenshot showing the experience has also been shared by the site. Exact details on when the feature will be available to regular users are yet to be revealed, though.
Normally, WhatsApp takes users to the default dialler app once they tap a phone number in the chat.
WABetaInfo has separately reported that WhatsApp has fixed an issue that was resulting in the chat button to appear wrongly in the chats list. It is a part of WhatsApp for Android beta version 184.108.40.206.
The beta release also shows a green dot in WhatsApp Settings to inform testers about checking the reminder for its Terms of Service update in India. The update is a part of obligations that WhatsApp and other social media companies have due to the new IT rules in the country.
Earlier this week, WhatsApp updated its voice messaging experience by rolling out features including out-of-chat playback and the ability to pick up messages where you left off. The instant messaging app was also recently spotted working on allowing file sharing for files as large as 2GB on Android and iOS and a darker theme specifically for users on iOS 15 and later versions.