WhatsApp has been updating its UWP desktop client for Windows with a tonne of new features. The Meta-owned messaging platform just got Windows 11 design cues, and support for dark mode was just recently introduced. The business is now testing the View Once feature for media files, which enables users to send receivers of WhatsApp fading photographs and videos.
WhatsApp Tests View Once Feature on UWP App
The business just handed out an update to the beta version of its UWP app, according to a report by reputed WhatsApp beta tracker WABetaInfo. The new feature, View Once, brings the app’s version up to 2.2212.2.0.
Users of the feature can distribute media files that can only be seen once to recipients. A view-once image or video that has been sent to a user appears for a brief period of time before being automatically erased from the chat. View a screenshot of the feature preview that is included below.
For those who are unaware, WhatsApp’s View Once function has been accessible on iOS and Android devices since last year. When sharing media content on the app, the feature helps WhatsApp users’ privacy. However, before the content is automatically destroyed, the recipients can still capture a snapshot or a screen video of it.
According to WABetaInfo, the new functionality is still being developed and is only being made available to a small number of beta testers in the WhatsApp UWP app. As a result, it might not be accessible in the stable version for a while.
New Pop-up Menu for Phone Numbers on Android
A new pop-up menu for phone numbers was also found by WABetaInfo in the most recent WhatsApp beta for Android (v126.96.36.199). When a phone number is selected in a chat window, this new feature will display a pop-up menu with various options.
Users have two alternatives if the phone number is not in WhatsApp: dial it using the built-in dialer app, or add it to their contacts. They will receive an additional Chat option with the opportunity to immediately start a discussion with the contact, though, if the number is listed on WhatsApp. Here is a demonstration of the new pop-up menu in use.
Regarding accessibility, this functionality is also only accessible to a small number of beta testers and has not yet been rolled out to the stable version. Recall that a variety of voice message features that were previously in beta were recently offered by WhatsApp. Therefore, there is a good likelihood that these functionalities will also be made available to the broader public soon. Keep checking back for more information, and let us know what you think about the new WhatsApp features in the comments section.