WhatsApp introduces send view once feature for Windows 11, Windows 10, and macOS devices

You can use “view once” in WhatsApp on Windows 11 and macOS to send media that disappears once opened, but there’s a catch: this feature still doesn’t allow you to open the media yourself. In addition, WhatsApp for desktop now also supports chatting with unknown numbers that are not in your phone’s contacts.

The ability to send “view once” photos or videos on WhatsApp was removed from the desktop apps in 2022 due to privacy reasons. Nearly a year later, Facebook has finally addressed the privacy concerns and has added the feature to WhatsApp for Windows 11, Windows 10, macOS, and the web.

Facebook is rolling out “view once” for WhatsApp on desktop to everyone, and you don’t need to join the company’s beta program to try the feature. If you’re on version 2.2347.1.0 or newer, you should be able to click on the timer icon and share destructive media from your desktop.

Here’s how to send “view once” photos or videos using WhatsApp for Windows:
– In WhatsApp, click the attachment icon and select a photo or video you’d like to upload.
– In the caption box, look for a new time or stopwatch-like icon and click on it.
– This will enable “view once” for the uploaded media, and you can click the “Send” button.

Unfortunately, viewing these restricted photos on desktops is still impossible, likely due to concerns about the ability to save them before they disappear.

A diverse operating system like Windows allows complex background processes and services to run alongside an app like WhatsApp, which could intercept or record “destructive” media, like “view once” photos or videos.

For example, you could use a Python script, an app, or a virtual machine to record the private data. This is one of the many reasons why WhatsApp has no plans to unlock the full potential of “view once,” such as the ability to view destructive photos or videos with audio.

You can now chat with unknown phone numbers in the latest update. WhatsApp introduces a new feature called “new chat with phone number,” allowing you to open a chat with a phone number that’s not in your contacts.

The app has been actively working on new features for its desktop app, including the last major update adding support for screen sharing and more. All these new features are rolling out in the stable channel, and you can download the update from the Microsoft Store.

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