This WhatsApp blocking feature is just what the doctor ordered

WhatsApp screenshot blocking on Android beta in a future update.

| Updated on: Aug 19 2022, 09:53 IST
Add style to your WhatsApp messages, do it this way
1/6 Are you bored of seeing and using normal WhatsApp messaging format? The online messaging platform is providing you with the options to change the format of the text to Italic, Bold, Strikethrough and more. Want to try the new WhatsApp text format? Before that you need to know that once you change the style of the text, you will not be able to disable it. (HT_PRINT)
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2/6 How to change WhatsApp text to Italic: In order to change the text inside your messages to Italic, you will have to place an underscore on both sides of the text. For example: _text_. (Reuters)
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3/6 How to change WhatsApp text to Bold: If you want your text to be Bold, you need to place an asterisk on both sides of the text.For example- *text*. (Reuters)
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4/6 How to change WhatsApp text to Strikethrough: To Strikethrough your message, you need to place a tilde on both sides of the text. Here is how- ~text~. (AP)
5/6 How to change WhatsApp text to Monospace: Now in order to monospace your message, you will have to place three backticks on both sides of the text like this```text```. (Pixabay)
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6/6 You can also use an alternative method to change the format of the text inside WhatsApp message on Android and iPhone. Android users can change the format of WhatsApp text by tapping and holding the text they are entering in the text field, then choose Bold, Italic, or More. You need to tap More to choose Strikethrough or Monospace. While, if you are an iPhone user then you need to tap the text you are entering in the text field, then Select or Select All then B_I_U. After this, you will have to choose Bold, Italic, Strikethrough, or Monospace. (HT_Print)
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WhatsApp will stop you from taking screenshots. The feature is under development and will be rolled out in a future update. (HT_PRINT)

Weirdly enough, when almost all apps are working on protecting your privacy and security, the screenshot feature is still available on your mobile phone. You can take a screenshot of almost everything you see on your phone. May it be profile pictures, messages, or what not. Therefore, in order to provide you with a safer online chatting environment, Meta Platforms is working on WhatsApp screenshot blocking feature on Android phones. The feature is in WhatsApp beta mode currently. The Online messaging platform will block any attempt to take screenshots of 'View Once' images and videos. It needs to be noted that the feature of blocking screenshots will be available in a future update.

Informing about the same WABetaInfo tweeted, "WhatsApp is working on screenshot blocking on Android beta! Thanks to a future update of WhatsApp beta for Android, WhatsApp will block any attempt to take screenshots to view once images and videos!" It can be known that Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook had on August 9, 2022, announced three new privacy features to come in a new update of WhatsApp: past group participants, choose who can see when you are online on WhatsApp, and screenshot blocking.

According to a report by WABetaInfo, screenshot blocking feature was under development on WhatsApp beta for iOS but now there is news on the Android app. As far as sharing a screenshot is concerned, WhatsApp is working on a new presentation screen that introduces the new version of 'View Once' feature. Because of this new version it is impossible to take screenshots to View Once images and videos.

"This is a view once photo so it's more private. It will disappear from the chat after you close it. Also, you can't share, forward, copy, save, or take a screenshot of it," the statement read.

However, you are advised to not to share anything sensitive on the app as the recipient may still be able to take a photo of the same using another phone or camera.

It also needs to be noted that when the recipient takes a screenshot to View Once images and videos, he/she will not be able to do so, but the sender does not receive any notification about this event having happened.

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First Published Date: 19 Aug, 09:53 IST
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