WhatsApp, owned by Meta, is constantly evolving to provide enhanced privacy features to its users. The latest development in this regard is the introduction of ‘View Once’ mode for voice notes, which is currently undergoing beta testing. This privacy feature is expected to be rolled out to a broader user base in the near future.
Expanding ‘View Once’ to Voice Notes:
Previously, WhatsApp users could designate images and videos as ‘view once,’ allowing recipients to see them only once. Now, this feature is being extended to voice notes, enhancing user privacy and control over their shared media.
Beta Testing for Both Android and iOS:
The ‘View Once’ mode for voice notes is presently being tested in WhatsApp beta versions for both Android and iOS. Android users can access this feature through the Google Play Store with versions 220.127.116.11 and 18.104.22.168 of WhatsApp beta. On iOS, WhatsApp beta version 22.214.171.124 is expected to be compatible with this update.
How ‘View Once’ Voice Notes Work:
WABetaInfo, a reliable source for WhatsApp updates, shared screenshots of the feature under testing. The ‘view once’ icon is clearly visible in the voice message chat interface. By tapping this icon, users can send voice notes in ‘view once’ mode. In this mode, the recipient cannot replay, save, or share the voice note, ensuring temporary access.
Enhancing Security with Passkeys:
In addition to the ‘View Once’ mode for voice notes, WhatsApp is also enhancing security with a password-less passkey feature for Android users. This initiative aims to provide a more secure and convenient way to log in without relying on traditional two-factor SMS authentication.
The official announcement from WhatsApp stated, “Android users can easily and securely log back in with passkeys. Only your face, fingerprint, or PIN unlocks your WhatsApp account.” This feature eliminates the need for SMS-based two-factor authentication, which can sometimes be insecure and inconvenient.
Coming Soon for Android Users:
While passkeys have undergone initial testing within WhatsApp’s beta channel, they are now set to be introduced to the general user base. However, there is no current information available regarding the inclusion of passkeys for iPhone users.
WhatsApp has confirmed that Android support for passkeys will be gradually rolled out in the coming weeks and months. Passkeys offer an alternative to traditional passwords by utilizing the authentication methods present on your device, providing a more secure and user-friendly experience.
WhatsApp is committed to enhancing user privacy and security through new features like ‘View Once’ mode for voice notes and passkeys. These updates cater to the ever-growing need for secure and convenient communication in the digital age. Users can look forward to these enhancements in the near future, making their WhatsApp experience even more user-friendly and privacy-conscious.