According to a recent report by WABetaInfo, an ephemeral photo feature is being developed in WhatsApp. You can see this feature in action with the screenshots attached to the tweet below:
According to the report, this function will work in the same way as ephemeral messages. Users will be able to set a time frame, after which the shared image will automatically disappear from the chat window — that’s the same principle in Instagram. The ephemeral image cannot be copied or imported from the discussion window. However, users can take a screenshot of the image before it disappears permanently.
Now, in the screenshots (attached) featuring the feature, you will see a timer icon on the left side of the text box while sending an image to a recipient.
If the user activates the ephemeral function of the photos before sending them to a contact, a message appears: “This media will disappear, once you have left that chat.” Apart from that, there are currently no other details about the period after which the media will disappear.
The function, according to WABetaInfo, is being tested. It will arrive on Android and iOS in the coming weeks.