WhatsApp, the popular instant messaging platform owned by Meta, has recently expanded its View Once feature to include voice messages. This new addition allows users to send voice messages that automatically disappear after the recipient has listened to them. Designed with privacy in mind, View Once voice messages can be particularly useful for sharing sensitive information, planning surprises, or transmitting confidential data such as credit card details or streaming app credentials without the risk of them being recorded or shared.
Similar to the View Once feature for photos and videos, the View Once voice messages are marked with a distinctive “one-time” icon and can only be played once. This ensures that the content remains secure and adds an extra layer of privacy to conversations. WhatsApp emphasizes that the disappearing voice messages, along with the self-destructing media, are protected with end-to-end encryption by default. This encryption ensures that only the sender and recipient can access the content, providing a higher level of security and privacy.
Using the View Once feature for voice messages is a straightforward process. To send a View Once voice message, follow these steps:
1. Open a chat window on WhatsApp.
2. Tap and hold on the microphone icon located in the bottom-right corner of the chatbox.
3. Swipe up to lock the recording and tap and hold the record button.
4. Select the stylized View Once icon.
5. Tap the Send button once you’ve finished recording your message.
Once the recipient listens to the voice clip, the message will automatically disappear from the chat, replaced by a text indicating that it has been “opened.” It is worth noting that if the recipient fails to open the message within 14 days, it will vanish from the chat entirely.
While the View Once feature for voice messages provides enhanced privacy and security, there are a few limitations to take note of. Users will not be able to forward, save, star, or share voice messages that have been sent or received using the View Once feature. This ensures that the content remains temporary and cannot be stored or shared beyond its intended purpose.
Meta has announced that the View Once voice messages feature will be rolling out to WhatsApp users globally over the coming days. This means that users worldwide will soon have access to this new level of privacy innovation when communicating through the platform.
WhatsApp’s introduction of the View Once feature for voice messages marks yet another step forward in privacy innovation. With the ability to send temporary voice messages that automatically disappear after being played, WhatsApp provides users with increased control over the content they share. By combining this feature with end-to-end encryption, WhatsApp ensures that private conversations remain confidential and secure. As the global rollout of View Once voice messages takes place, users can look forward to an even more private messaging experience on the platform.