How to enable WhatsApp disappearing messages feature

WhatsApp disappearing message feature now available for all users unlike the test phase that was for India then. All you need to do is to enable this feature and all messages sent by you will be deleted after seven days of time. The disappearing message feature was on Signal and Telegram and now on WhatsApp. Interesting!

What you will learn from this post:

  • What To Note in WhatsApp disappearing messages?
  • What happens to photos and media in WhatsApp disappearing messages?
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This feature is applicable for both group and individual chats but in the case of group chats, only the admin can enable or disable this feature. If activated, once the message disappears after seven days, it’s reply messages will still be shown in the chatbox. This feature does not imply for forwarded messages. The media files will also be deleted after seven days if the disappearing messages feature is turned on. If you have turned-on the auto-download option, these media files can still be found on your devices.

What To Note in WhatsApp disappearing messages?

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Your preview messages could still show as a preview in notifications for a user that hasn’t opened WhatsApp for seven days. This preview will only disappear when WhatsApp is opened however.

If you reply to a disappearing message, that initial message may still appear in the chat after the seven day period.

If the disappearing messages is forwarded to a user chat that doesn’t have disappearing messages enabled, the message will not disappear, it will still be visible.

If a backup is created before the disappearing message disappears, the message will be included in the backup but disappearing messages will be deleted when you restore from a backup.

Please note that screenshots and photos can be taken of a disappearing message before it goes and users can also copy and save content from a disappearing message before it disappears. 

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What happens to photos and media in WhatsApp disappearing messages?

WhatsApp automatically saves your photo and videos by default to your gallery. This can be turned off. This insinuates that while media and images would disappear if disappearing messages is turned on for that chat, they would still be saved on the recipient’s phone.

How to enable or disable disappearing messages

Step 1: Open the chatbox of the desired contact and click on the contact’s name

Step 2: Now scroll down and select the ‘Disappearing messages‘ option

Step 3: Tap on Continue> (if prompted)

Step 4: Select on

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How to enable or disable disappearing messages on a group chat

Only a group admin can enable or disable disappearing messages on a group chat:

  1. Open WhatsApp
  2. Open the group chat 
  3. Tap on the group name at the top
  4. Select Disappearing Messages 
  5. Tap Continue (if prompted)
  6. Select > on

How to enable disappearing messages on Web and Desktop

To enable or disable disappearing messages on WhatsApp Web or Desktop apps:

  1. Open the WhatsApp Web/App on your laptop
  2. Open the individual chat or group
  3. Tap on the contact or group name at the top
  4. Select Disappearing Messages 
  5. Tap Continue (if prompted)
  6. Select on

In Conclusion! this is pretty easy to activate and use on your WhatsApp and we have enumerated the steps involved. Trust this post has been helpful? Please leave a comment if any and share with the social media buttons below.

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