Whatsapp is Beta-Testing The Screenshot Blocking Feature on Android

Whatsapp is Beta-Testing The Screenshot Blocking Feature on Android

WhatsApp recently embarked on new privacy features, including blocking screenshots for disappearing messages. Soon, the feature became part of the WhatsApp beta for iOS and now it's also up to the Android beta. 

A recent report from WABetaInfo revealed that WhatsApp is testing the screenshot blocking feature as part of the Android app beta. This feature will prevent users from taking screenshots of disappearing images and videos for those unaware. 

A shared screenshot of the prompt that will appear for View Once messages also shows that the new security feature will not allow users to share, forward, save or copy "View" messages Once". Once official, if anyone tries to take a screenshot of the same, they will be blocked. However, the sender will not be notified of the same. Take a look at the pop-up window.

'View Once' feature in Whatsapp
Image Source: WABetaInfo

This is a welcome change as it ensures privacy and preserves the essence of the medium View Once Once: disappears after being seen. That said, this won't completely stop people from backing up their disappearing media as they can still save it from a secondary device! 

WhatsApp is currently testing the screenshot blocking feature and is expected to roll it out to users soon. However, we don't know when that will happen. 

In addition, WhatsApp now supports themed icons for Android 13 users. When enabled, users will be able to see  WhatsApp app icons based on the theme and desktop background they have installed. choose. You can see what it looks like below.

WhatsApp now supports themed icons for Android 13
Image Source: WABetaInfo

It remains to be seen when these new changes will be rolled out to stable users. We'll let you know when this happens. So stay tuned and let us know what you think about it in the comments section below.