Meta’s WhatsApp is doubling down on its commitment to user privacy with a new feature in the works that prevents iPhone users from taking screenshots of profile photos. This move comes as part of the company’s ongoing efforts to enhance the security of its platform following a recent overhaul and the introduction of advanced AI features.

Reported by WABetaInfo, the feature is already live on the latest version of WhatsApp beta for iOS (version, accessible through the TestFlight app. It mirrors a similar functionality already implemented on the Android platform, where attempting to screenshot a profile picture triggers a notification stating, “This app does not allow screenshots.”

Upon attempting to screenshot a profile picture on an iPhone, WhatsApp will display a message reading, “Screenshot capture blocked,” accompanied by an explanation: “To protect everyone’s privacy on WhatsApp, this screenshot has been blocked.” This feature is designed to offer users greater control over who can view their profile pictures, with options to restrict access to unknown numbers.

The upcoming update will enable users to see public profile pictures on WhatsApp while preventing screenshots. This feature will be enabled by default and cannot be disabled. Stable users can expect to see this enhancement rolled out in the coming weeks.

WhatsApp’s focus on security extends beyond just preventing screenshots. The platform boasts features like end-to-end encryption and encrypted chat backup, ensuring that users’ conversations and media remain private and inaccessible to unauthorised parties.

With these proactive measures, Meta aims to cement WhatsApp’s reputation as a safe and secure messaging platform trusted by millions worldwide.