WhatsApp Update Will Allow Users To Delete Images After Recipient Has Seen Them Once

WhatsApp is reportedly working on a new feature that will gives users the option to delete an image, video or GIF after sending it to their contacts.

The ‘Expiring Media‘ feature, discovered by independent WhatsApp experts WABetaInfo, adds the ability to delete media after the recipient has seen it and exited the chat.

Expiring Media is allegedly due to arrive on WhatsApp beta for Android version 2.20.2011, which is currently ‘under development’ and without a release date.

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WABetaInfo reported last month that WhatsApp is also working on introducing messages that will self-delete after a fixed period of one week.

WhatsApp told MailOnline that it wouldn’t be commenting on ‘speculation’ regarding either feature.

WhatsApp is allegedly working on a new feature called Expiring Media. When the user decides to send media (images, videos and GIFs), it will disappear when the recipient leaves the chat.

Users will be able to select a new button (allegedly to the left of where it says ‘Add a caption’ to enable the feature, WABetaInfo reports

‘WhatsApp has just submitted a new update through the Google Play Beta Program, bringing the version up to,’ said WABetaInfo.

‘When the user decides to send an expiring media – images, videos and GIFs – the media will disappear in the recipient’s phone, once he leaves the chat.’

Once enabled, WhatsApp users will be given the option to send media that expires by tapping a new Expiring Media button next to the message box.

‘After tapping the button, the feature will be enabled for the selected media,’ WABetaInfo says.

Once sent, the image will ‘completely disappear’ after the recipient views it and exits the chat, although they will receive a warning message before they exit.

Generally, when WhatsApp users delete their messages, they are replaced by a box saying ‘this message was deleted’.

Unlike this, deleted media ‘will really disappear from the chat as part of the new feature’, WABetaInfo says, without such a box.


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