Stay private on whatsApp: Beta testers explore 'View Once' mode for voice notes
Delhi : Meta-owned WhatsApp is about to roll out a feature that lets users on iOS and Android mark voice notes as "view once," much like the functionality that's already there for other kinds of media. The general user population should get access to this functionality soon; it is currently under beta testing. Self-deleting voice notes are a new privacy feature that an instant messaging software is rolling out to its test users. Currently, while exchanging photos and videos with contacts using the WhatsApp app, users can choose to "view once." Voice notes will now be able to use this similar capability.
It is said that the functionality is starting to roll out to select beta testers who are using the TestFlight app to access the iOS WhatsApp beta and the Google Play Store to access the Android WhatsApp beta. WhatsApp beta versions 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199 for Android are said to be compatible with this upgrade, while WhatsApp beta 188.8.131.52 for iOS is said to be compatible with it. Both versions are eligible to use the 'view once' mode for audio messages.
Screenshots of the functionality that is now undergoing testing, showing the recognized 'view once' icon within the voice message chat interface, were also made available by WABetaInfo. The 'see once' mode of the voice note can be sent by touching this symbol. This feature prevents voice notes from being shared, replayed, or stored.
Recall that WhatsApp also disclosed that it will be releasing a passkey functionality that does not require a password for Android users. By doing away with the need for traditional two-factor SMS authentication, which may be cumbersome and unsafe, this project aims to improve security and simplicity.
The official stated in a statement on X (previously Twitter) that "Passkeys provide a simple and secure way for Android users to log back in." Your WhatsApp account can only be unlocked with your face, fingerprint, or pin."
While passkeys were first tested in WhatsApp's beta channel, they are almost ready to be made available to all users. However, as of right now, no details are known about the addition of passkeys for WhatsApp for iPhone users.
The official has revealed that over the next weeks and months, Android support for passkeys will be progressively added. Passkeys use the authentication mechanisms already on your device to offer an alternative to standard passwords.