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WhatsApp Disappearing Messages: Here is how to enable or disable feature

  • WhatsApp Disappearing Messages: You can now make your message disappear for a 24-hour, 7-day, or 90-day period.
By: HT TECH
Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 22:16 IST
WhatsApp Disappearing Messages: Here is how to enable or disable disappearing messages. (Reuters)
WhatsApp Disappearing Messages: Here is how to enable or disable disappearing messages. (Reuters)

WhatsApp users can now make their message disappear after a particular time. Yes, WhatsApp Disappearing Messages is an optional feature provided by WhatsApp that you can turn on for more privacy. As per the information provided by the company, when you enable Disappearing Messages, you can set messages to disappear for a 24-hour, 7-day, or 90-day period after they are sent. However, it needs to be noted that the most recent selection only controls new messages in the chat. This setting will not affect messages you previously sent or received in the chat.

Also, in an individual chat, either user can turn disappearing messages on or off. While in a group chat, any group participants can turn disappearing messages on or off. However, a group admin can change group settings to allow only admins to turn disappearing messages on or off. If a user does not open WhatsApp in the 24-hour, 7-day, or 90-day period, the message will disappear from the chat. However, the preview of the message might still be displayed in notifications until WhatsApp is opened.

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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 the duration you select. If a disappearing message is forwarded to a chat with disappearing messages off, the message will not disappear in the forwarded chat.

WhatsApp users can turn on disappearing messages by default for all new individual chats. Here is how you can enable or disable disappearing messages:

How to enable disappearing messages on Android and iPhone:

1. Open the WhatsApp chat.

2. Tap the contact’s name.

3. Tap Disappearing messages. If prompted, tap CONTINUE.

4. Select 24 hours, 7 days, or 90 days.

How to Disable disappearing messages on Android and iPhone

You can disable disappearing messages at any time. Once disabled, new messages sent in the chat will no longer disappear.

1. Open the WhatsApp chat.

2. Tap the contact’s name.

3. Tap Disappearing messages. If prompted, tap CONTINUE.

4. Select Off.

Similarly if you want to enable or disable Disappearing Messages in a group then you will have to open the WhatsApp group chat who's messages you want to disappear.

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First Published Date: 02 Dec, 15:25 IST
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