WhatsApp has introduced an innovative feature, the “View Once” option for voice messages, aimed at bolstering user privacy. This new functionality allows users to send voice messages that vanish after a single playback. The feature, protected by end-to-end encryption, is an extension of the View Once feature previously introduced for photos and videos in 2021.
The disappearing voice notes feature offers an additional layer of privacy, ensuring that voice notes are not forwarded without the sender’s consent. Users can activate this feature when sharing sensitive information or planning surprises, providing peace of mind.
WhatsApp highlighted various scenarios where disappearing voice messages might be advantageous, such as sharing credit card details with a friend or planning a confidential surprise. Consistent with View Once photos and videos, these voice messages are distinctly marked with a “one-time” icon and can only be played once.
Sending a disappearing voice message is straightforward – users can record their message as usual and tap the new one-time icon before sending. The recipient can listen to the message only once, and it will then vanish from their chat history.
End-to-end encryption ensures the security of disappearing voice messages, with only the sender and recipient having access. WhatsApp emphasized that this new feature would be rolled out globally in the coming days, providing users with enhanced control over their private conversations.
The introduction of disappearing voice messages aligns with WhatsApp’s commitment to privacy, complementing existing features such as end-to-end encryption for messages and calls, message deletion capabilities, and the recent addition of the Secret Code feature for securing chats with a unique password.