WhatsApp is testing View Once messages, a more restricted version of disappearing messages

WhatsApp introduced disappearing messages in November, those allow you to send texts, images and other media that will automatically be deleted after 7 days. But what if that’s too long? The IM app is testing a new feature called View Once messages.

They do what it says on the tin – the recipient can view the photo or video and it will disappear immediately after they close it. These kind of messages get no previews in the notification shade or on the lock screen, of course.

View Once messages can be sent in both individual and group chats. The feature is activated by tapping the…

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