Self-destructing pictures via iMessage?

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by cable0guy, Dec 3, 2014.

  1. cable0guy macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2012
    According to the Guardian:

    3. Snapchat-Like photos and videos

    You can now send instant self-destructing videos, audio clips and pictures to your contacts via iMessage, not unlike Snapchat. To send a picture, go to your message window and tap and hold the camera icon on the left hand side. A small circular window will emerge, allowing you take a quick snap. A word of warning: once the picture or video has been shot, it will send immediately, there is no confirmation or edit screen, so make sure you don’t test this one while sitting on the toilet.

    Can anyone get this feature to work? Or has the Guardian been smoking too much hash?
  2. Tiptizzle macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2011
    I don't believe it to be true. I know the audio recordings are set to delete by default, but I remember mine setting to never delete.
  3. Imory macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2013
    Have you checked it through settings -> iMessage?
  4. waterskier2007 macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2007
    Novi, MI
    I just tested it with an audio message. I sent it to myself (through a different device and contact number). Once I played it on the other device, it said "Expires in 2m" under the audio message. That then changed to a button that says "Keep". I didn't press the "Keep" button, waited 2 minutes, and... it's gone. Did the same thing with a video message.

    It does seem there is a setting in Settings>Messages about expirations. The expiration time is determined by the receiving device, so even if I changed the sending device to have audio messages expire "Never", when the receiving device got them, they still expired after 2 minutes based on the receiving devices settings
  5. cable0guy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2012
    I was more interested in photos that expire like Snapchat. I didn't see any settings for that anywhere.
  6. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    Photos remain. Just the audio and video after the time you have set in settings-messages is up. If you set messages to purge themselves the photos will go away along with everything else but the shortest time is 30 days.

    The article you referenced was a little lose in their description.
  7. NoBoMac, Dec 4, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2014

    NoBoMac macrumors 68000

    Jul 1, 2014
    Yes. And to be fair, several news sources reported it as such. Either sloppy reporting or PR flacks had no clue.

    Went back to look at the keynote address, and no mention there of "Snapchat-like". And Apple's support page only makes mention of time-based delete to keep the device's memory from being eaten up.

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