How to turn on disappearing message on WhatsApp

How to turn on disappearing message on WhatsApp

WhatsApp has introduced a disappearing message feature, just as we talked about in our recent post that the next WhatsApp update will introduce a feature that enables users to send messages that disappear after 7days. This feature isn’t enabled by default and has to be activated manually by users of the messaging app. Once enabled, new messages sent to an individual or group chat will disappear after seven days.

It is important to note that this new feature when turned, won’t affect messages you previously sent or received messages. In an individual chat, either user can enable the feature. However, in a group chat, only group admins can enable or disable this feature

Before you proceed to enable disappearing feature, there are things you should first understand:

  • If a user doesn’t open WhatsApp in the seven day period, the message will disappear. However, the preview of the message might still be displayed in notifications until WhatsApp is opened
  • When you reply to a message, the initial message is quoted. If you reply to a disappearing message, the quoted text might remain in the chat after seven days
  • If a disappearing message is forwarded to a chat with the feature enabled, the message won’t disappear in the forwarded chat
  • If a user creates a backup before a message disappears, the message will be included in the backup. Messages will be deleted when a user restores from a backup.
  • It’s possible for someone to:
    • Forward or take a screenshot of a disappearing message and save it before it disappears
    • Copy and save content from the disappearing message before it disappears
    • Take a photo of a disappearing message with a camera or other device before it disappears
  • By default, the media you receive in WhatsApp will be automatically downloaded to your photos. If the feature is turned on, media sent in the chat will disappear but will be saved on the phone if auto-download is on. You can turn auto-download off in WhatsApp Settings > Data and Storage Usage

How to turn disappearing messages ON or OFF on WhatsApp

Enabling

Either user can enable the feature in an individual chat. Once enabled, messages in the chat will disappear after seven days.


  1. Open the WhatsApp chat
  2. Tap the contact’s name
  3. Tap ‘Disappearing messages’
  4. If prompted, tap ‘CONTINUE’
  5. Select ‘On’

Disabling

Either user can disable the feature at any time. Once disabled, messages sent in the chat will no longer disappear.

  1. Open the WhatsApp chat
  2. Tap the contact’s name
  3. Tap ‘Disappearing messages’
  4. If prompted, tap ‘CONTINUE’
  5. Select ‘Off

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