WhatsApp is blocking screenshots of media you are only supposed to watch once – Android Police

You will have to resort to more complex options to save viewing media once on WhatsApp

Recent WhatsApp updates focused on emojiadditional controls for group chat Moderators, secure chats, but just a few days ago, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, announced that we can look forward to three Privacy-focused changes Coming to WhatsApp. We’re starting to see signs of one of those features that Zuckerberg mentioned – blocking the screenshot of viewing messages at once. So, soon, you won’t be able to take screenshots and save messages that senders only intended to see once.


WhatsApp’s latest beta update shows Meta’s interest in proactively dynamic adoption Android app icon 13. WABetaInfo Report the same update (Version It also suggests that WhatsApp is working on a screenshot block to display videos and images at once. This feature has been spotted in development on iOS and is now making its way to Android as well.

The app may be similar to some banking apps, such as Google Pay, that refuse to allow you to take screenshots. The gesture or shortcut works for taking a screenshot, but the app shows you an error message that you are not allowed to take screenshots.

However, we believe there is room for improvement. WhatsApp can follow in Snapchat’s footsteps and notify the sender when the recipient takes (or tries to capture) a screenshot of ephemeral content. When the feature is rolled out, it will prompt beta testers to claim this enhanced version of the offer with just the media. It also reiterates that you cannot share, forward, copy, or save content.

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Although it is a step in the right direction, you should know that there are ways to get around the screenshot blocker as well. For example, you can take photos of WhatsApp media with another device or start the screen recorder before opening the view once.

The screenshot blocker that Zuckerberg promised is still in the works and not yet available to beta testers. Therefore, it may be some time before a large-scale release, and we don’t have a timeline yet. When it arrives, though, it will be a welcome addition to WhatsApp, making chats more secure.

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