WhatsApp announces ‘Take a Look’ voice message to send disappearing audio messages

WhatsApp introduced View Once messages for text, photos, and videos in 2021. Now, the Meta-owned instant messaging platform is expanding the feature to voice messages. With this feature, users will be able to set voice messages to disappear after being heard by their recipient. One View Like photos and videos, one time view voice messages will be marked with a “One-Time” icon and can only be played once. Watch Once voice messages will reach global users in the coming days.

Meta on Thursday (December 7) announced View Once Adding voice messages through a blog post. This feature lets users send a voice message that will disappear after the recipient listens to it. This functionality can be ideal for sharing sensitive information, planning surprises, and sending confidential information like credit card details and streaming app credentials without the worry of being recorded or shared. View Once Voice messages will be marked with a “Once” icon and can only be played once.

WhatsApp says View Once is an example of the company’s continued privacy innovation. Like self-destructing photos and videos, WhatsApp’s disappearing voice messages are claimed to be protected with end-to-end encryption by default. View Once voice messages are being broadcast globally in the coming days.

How to send View Once voice message on WhatsApp

  • Open the chat window on WhatsApp.
  • Tap and hold the microphone icon in the lower-right corner of the chatbox.
  • Swipe up to lock the recording, tap and hold Record.
  • tap stylized take a look icon.
  • Tap Send Once you have finished recording your message.

After the recipient listens to the voice clip, the voice message will disappear from the chat. It will be replaced with text that reads “Opened”. View Once messages will disappear from the chat if the recipient does not open them within 14 days of being sent. Additionally, users cannot forward, save, star, or share voice messages sent or received with the view after media is enabled.


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