WhatsApp Update Brings Changes to Disappearing Media Including Save to Phone and a Future Way of Retaining it

WhatsApp is rolling out a feature that will not let users download media to their phone's gallery in disappearing chats.


Earlier, we reported that Whatsapp is rolling out an update which includes a feature that will restrict people from forwarding an already forwarded message to more than one group chat at a time. Now in the recent development, it seems that the Meta-owned messaging app is taking one more step to secure users’ privacy.

As per a report by WAbetainfo, WhatsApp is rolling out a feature that will not let users download media to their phone’s gallery in disappearing chats. The feature was in beta stage till now and will be rolled out to stable users using WhatsApp on Android and iOS devices.

No Media Downloads in Disappearing Messages

A recent WhatsApp update restricts the device to auto-save media in camera roll for disappearing chats. The new update is focused on making disappearing chats secure and private.

As shown in the above screenshot, WhatsApp will automatically turn off the ‘Media Visibility’ option for disappearing chats on Android while the ‘Save to Camera Roll’ option will be turned off on iOS devices. Once these options are turned off, no images, videos, or GIFs will be saved to your phone’s gallery as these prevent the saving of media files to the device gallery. This will be done so that the receiver cannot download the media that is being sent to them during the chats.

These options are by default turned off but if you wish to save the media in a disappearing chat, then you can go to settings and turn the respective options on. The report claims that these changes have been rolled out to all beta users and should appear for build stage users within 24 hours.

iOS users, generally have to save an image in their phone’s camera roll manually. But this new update will restrict both iOS and Android users to not downloading any of the media files on the device. Apart from this, the company also introduced a view once photo and video in disappearing chats last year.

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