WhatsApp Blocks Profile Picture Screenshots on Android; Lets Beta Testers Pin Multiple Chats

Mar14,2024


WhatsApp is now blocking users from taking screenshots of other users' profile pictures on smartphones, a new privacy feature that is widely available on Android handsets. Meta began testing the functionality on a beta version of the app over the past few weeks, and it is now being enabled for all users. Meanwhile, the company has started allowing beta testers to pin more than one message in a chat, making it easier to get more information in individual chats or group chats.

Meta has not yet announced details of the privacy functionality that blocks screenshots on a user's profile picture area. The rollout was spotted by Android Police, and users on stable and beta versions of WhatsApp for Android are now blocked from capturing the screen when viewing another user's profile photo. Users can still take screenshots on WhatsApp on the beta and stable versions for iOS.

Gadgets 360 was able to confirm that WhatsApp blocks profile image screenshots on Samsung smartphones, citing the device's security policy, while attempting to capture the screen when another user's photo is open on the Pixel 7a. A completely black screen is generated.

However, it is important to note that the feature that blocks screenshots on a user's profile picture does not guarantee that another user will not be able to save the image. The new functionality cannot prevent a user from clicking a picture of the screen where the image is displayed using another smartphone. Similarly, tapping on a user's profile photo on the main chat list shows a small thumbnail and WhatsApp doesn't block screenshots there.

Meanwhile, feature tracker WABetaInfo spotted one change in the latest beta version of the app for Android smartphones – the ability to pin multiple messages on top of a chat. Users can currently pin a single message, but this is expected to be expanded in a future update to allow up to three messages to be pinned simultaneously. Beta testers can already test the improved feature by updating WhatsApp beta to Android 2.24.6.15. It is expected to be rolled out to all users on iOS and Android later.


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