WhatsApp's 'View Once' feature now includes voice messages

WhatsApp is expanding its 'View Once' feature, previously for photos and videos, to voice messages, enriching the user experience.

WhatsApp's 'View Once' feature now includes voice messages

In August 2021, WhatsApp introduced a significant feature called "View Once" for photos and videos, allowing users to send self-destructing media. Building on this innovation, WhatsApp has now extended this functionality to voice messages, enhancing the privacy aspect of its messaging service.

The new "View Once" feature for voice messages operates similarly to its counterparts for photos and videos. When a user sends an audio message using this feature, the recipient can listen to it just once, after which it becomes inaccessible. This means the message cannot be heard again nor saved on the recipient's device. Likewise, the sender is unable to listen to the message once it's sent. If the receiver has read receipts enabled, the sender will see an "Opened" label on the message, confirming it has been listened to.

WhatsApp's 'View Once' feature now includes voice messages

To send a "View Once" voice message on WhatsApp, the process is straightforward. Users need to open an individual or group chat, tap the microphone icon, swipe up to lock the recording, then tap and hold to record. After recording, they tap the "View Once" icon, which turns green to indicate the mode is active, and finally, tap the send button.

WhatsApp emphasizes that, for consistency, "View Once" voice messages are marked with a "one-time" icon, similar to photos and videos. These messages are also end-to-end encrypted, ensuring that the content is secure from the moment it's sent until it's received.

The rollout of "View Once" voice messages will commence globally over the next few days, providing users with an additional layer of privacy for their communications.