How To Turn On Whatsapp Disappearing Messages on Android, iOS and Desktop

Whatsapp disappearing messages

Whatsapp disappearing messages is the latest feature that has been officially rolled out by Whatsapp. Available to both Android, iOS, and Web users, this new feature allows users to be able to send messages including both media and audio which automatically disappears after 7 days.

The development comes after Instagram rolled out its Vanish Mode, a feature that sees all shared messages within the conversation windows are trashed automatically once the user exits the conversation. Below is what exactly Whatsapp says;

You can send messages that disappear on WhatsApp by enabling disappearing messages. Once enabled, new messages sent in the individual or group chat will disappear after seven days. The most recent selection controls all messages in the chat. This setting won’t affect messages you previously sent or received in the chat. In an individual chat, either user can turn disappearing messages on or off. In a group chat, only group admins can turn disappearing messages on or off.

If you have seen messages by your friends disappear, chances are that they are already ahead of you using the feature. In order to activate Whatsapp disappearing messages, (turn on or turn off), follow the simple instructions below.

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How to turn on/off WhatsApp disappearing messages

how to turn on whatsapp disappearing messages on android and iphone

On iOS

  • Launch “WhatsApp chat”
  • Tap “contact’s name”
  • Tap “Disappearing Messages”
  • Tap “Continue”
  • Switch “On/Off”

On Android

  • Launch “WhatsApp chat”
  • Tap “contact’s name”
  • Tap “Disappearing Messages”
  • Tap “Continue”
  • Switch “On/Off”

On Web/Desktop

  • Launch “WhatsApp chat”
  • Click “Options”
  • Click “View Contact”
  • Click “OK”
  • Click “Disappearing Messages”
  • Click “EDIT”
  • Click “Next”
  • Click “OK”
  • Set to “On”
  • Click “OK”

That is all. You should start enjoying the new WhatsApp Disappearing Messages feature.

Important things to note:

  • Unopened messages for seven days will automatically disappear.
  • Replying to such a message quotes the original message.
  • Quoted messages will remain even after 7 days.
  • Disappearing messages are included in the backup though deleted after restoration.
  • Downloaded media will be saved in the phone’s gallery though in chat will disappear.

Now that you have learnt how to use the new Whatsapp disappearing messages feature, what are you waiting for to get started? Over to you.

Written by KWS Adams

My name is KWS Adams . (Call me Kateregga). I am an IT addict who loves playing around with computers and internet. Computers help me try out different things while turning them into reality, while the internet powers me stay live online. Besides computers, I am a project planning and management professional with an Award obtained from MUK, one of the oldest and best Universities in Africa. Find me on Twitter, Facebook and Whatsapp. Find more on how to contact me using the contact me page.

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