WhatsApp: One-time messages in the beta version for Android

WhatsApp: One-time messages in the beta version for Android


The promised one-time messages for WhatsApp are now available in the beta version of the app for Android. With this function, users will in future be able to send photos and videos that can only be viewed once by the recipient. A new button can be activated on the right-hand side of the text field before the file is sent. So far, the feature has only been limited to photos and videos - normal text messages can still be seen.

However, users must keep in mind that the recipient can still take a screenshot of the one-time message. WhatsApp does not block the function at this moment. A screenshot notification to the sender of the photo or video is also not sent. Apps like Snapchat already offer such a warning with their one-time messages.

You can access the beta version of WhatsApp with tester access, which you can get quickly and easily by registering in the Google Play Store. It is not yet known when the feature will be included in the main version of the messenger. By then at the latest, the one-time messages should also be available for iOS. In the past few weeks, WhatsApp has suffered a little damage to its image due to the chaos surrounding the new terms and conditions. In addition to an advertising campaign, new functions should also provide an upswing. In addition to the one-time messages, the creators would like to soon make the messenger usable on several devices at the same time.

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WHATSAPP has warned that it will ban users of a new, unofficial version of its chat app that has gone viral on social media.

'GB WhatsApp', a third-party Android app, shares many of the characteristics of its namesake but with a number of extra features.

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    It offers the ability to auto-reply, send more photos and hide read receipts on top of other benefits that are not available on the 'real' app.

    Built by an anonymous developer, the clone isn't available on Android's Google Play Store and must instead be downloaded via a web page.

    In a recent update to its website, WhatsApp underlined that third-party WhatsApp copycats are banned under its terms of service.

    Those who use them face a permanent ban from WhatsApp unless they switch over to the official version of the app.

    Unofficial third-party apps are banned by WhatsApp


    Unofficial third-party apps are banned by WhatsAppCredit: Getty

    'If you received an in-app message stating your account is 'Temporarily banned' this means that you're likely using an unsupported version of WhatsApp instead of the official WhatsApp app,' the US firm said.

    'If you don't switch to the official app after being temporarily banned, your account might be permanently banned from using WhatsApp.'

    The Facebook-owned chat app said that third-party apps that link with WhatsApp are banned due to security concerns.

    'Unsupported apps, such as WhatsApp Plus, GB WhatsApp, or apps that claim to move your WhatsApp chats between phones, are altered versions of WhatsApp,' WhatsApp said.

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  • 'These unofficial apps are developed by third parties and violate our Terms of Service.

    'WhatsApp doesn't support these third-party apps because we can't validate their security practices.'

    To switch to the official version of WhatsApp, you might need to backup your chat history first.

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