Last year, WhatsApp introduced a new option called “One Time View”, in order to allow users to send photos and videos that disappear after opening them, similar to Snapchat and Instagram.
Now, the Meta-owned company wants to improve this feature, but this time by preventing users from taking screenshots or recordings of on-screen photos and videos sent with the “one-time view” feature.
Although the company previously announced its intention to prevent millions of users of its application via Android and iPhone devices from taking screenshots of messages sent with the “one-time view” feature, it has made it available so far as a test for some users.
Technology experts revealed this feature in the beta version of WhatsApp, which means that users of the beta application (WhatsApp beta) will be able to try it.
They explained that when you try to take a screenshot, the images will be completely black, and for some users, the ability to take a screenshot will disappear.
The new feature carries some interesting details, and the sender – for example – will not receive a notification if an attempt to screenshot the screen is blocked.
However, it is possible for someone to use a phone’s camera or other devices to actually capture the screen, and there is no way to find out.
It is not yet clear when the screenshot ban will be published in the public version of WhatsApp.
WhatsApp continues to improve the detection of attempts to silently take screenshots, and more improvements may be available in the future.
How to download the trial version of WhatsApp
To download the beta version of WhatsApp for your smartphone, you need to go to Google Play on your Android device and search for WhatsApp.
Scroll down the page until you see “Be a beta tester”.
Click the “I’m interested” button, then click “Join” to confirm.
Now all you have to do is wait for the beta version of the app to launch.