Shock’s WhatsApp update is forever changing the way text messaging works for millions of users

WHATSAPP is working on a new type of text for the app.

Details of an upcoming change have been announced – and it will affect millions of users.

A screenshot shows what the new feature could look like once it's fully live


A screenshot shows what the new feature could look like once it’s fully livePhoto credit: WhatsApp / WABetaInfo

WhatsApp usually tests new features in the beta version of the app.

This means we often hear about changes to the Meta custom app before they go live globally.

Now the WhatsApp sniffer dogs are attacking WABetaInfo have revealed that WhatsApp is developing View Once text messages.

This is an upgrade of the existing View Once feature, which currently only works for images and videos.

The idea is that the feature for texts will work the same way.

They send a text that can only be seen once before it disappears.

It’s possible that WhatsApp also prevents you from taking screenshots of View Once texts, as it already does with images and videos.

“This is very useful when you share very important information and want to delete it immediately from the recipient’s phone for increased privacy, so you don’t even have to delete the text for the view for everyone because it will be automatically deleted,” explained WABetaInfo .

“As with once-viewable images and videos, it is not possible to forward and copy once-viewable text messages.

“About screenshots, they should be blocked as well, but we’ll give you confirmation when a future update comes out.”

The feature is currently in development, which means it’s not yet available for testing — even for beta users.

But it will eventually enter a testing phase and then move on to the general version of WhatsApp.

Unfortunately, there’s no way of knowing how long that will take – it could be weeks or even months.

If you want the best chance of trying out new features first, consider joining the WhatsApp beta.

Follow our guide below to find out how.

How to get WhatsApp beta

To download WhatsApp Beta for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on your smartphone Android and search for whatsapp.

Scroll down the page until you see “Become a Beta Tester”.

Tap the “I’m in” button, then tap “Join” to confirm.

Now all you have to do is wait for the update to the beta version of the app.

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Join the WhatsApp beta iOS is more difficult and has a limited capacity.

Follow Apple’s instructions here.

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