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How to use Vanish mode on Instagram: A guide to disappearing chats

Instagram's vanish mode enhances private messaging, allowing users to send ephemeral content that disappears once the chat ends. Know how to use it.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Apr 02 2024, 16:20 IST
Meta AI is here: Know how to talk to the chatbot on WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook
Instagram's vanishing mode
1/6 In September 2023, Meta Platforms, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, made a big announcement that it was adding its own native AI chatbot called Meta AI to all of its messaging services. As a result, the chatbot was added to Facebook Messenger, Instagram Direct Messages (DM), and WhatsApp. In September, Meta AI was released in a limited capacity as part of its beta testing, but now it is available to users in the US. (Meta)
Instagram's vanishing mode
2/6 Meta AI is an integrated chat experience. You can have an individual conversation with it as well as have it pop up in group conversations to help out with a various things. Meta AI is multimodal, so alongside text responses, it can also generate images from simple text prompts. All you have to type is “@MetaAI /imagine” followed by your prompt. (REUTERS)
Instagram's vanishing mode
3/6 What is interesting about Meta AI is that it has also added a bunch of different personalities that you can interact with. These show up as profiles on Facebook Messenger and Instagram. All you have to do is click on them and speak with their AI replicas. Some of the notable people with Meta AI persona include Charli D’Amelio as Coco, Dance enthusiast, MrBeast as Zach, Paris Hilton as Amber, Tom Brady as Bru, and more.  (Meta)
Instagram's vanishing mode
4/6 Meta AI can also recommend Reels. This is a new feature which was announced on December 6. Users can go to Meta AI ask it to show Reels for a particular theme and the chatbot will deliver.  In a blog post, the company said, “Say you’re planning a trip to Tokyo with friends in your group chat, you can ask Meta AI to recommend the best places to visit and share Reels of the top sites to help you decide which attractions are must-sees”. (Meta)
Instagram's vanishing mode
5/6 Another new feature introduced is called ‘reimagine’ which will be available only in group chats. This is how it works: Meta AI generates and shares the initial image you requested, then your friend can press and hold on the picture to riff on it with a simple text prompt and Meta AI will generate an entirely new image.  (Meta)
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6/6 Apart from this, Meta is working on a number of other features which are currently in testing phase. “We’re exploring ways for you to use AI to help you create the perfect birthday greeting to share with your bestie, edit your own Feed posts, draft a clever introduction for your Facebook Dating profile or even set up a new Group”. Additionally, Meta is also testing a feature that will let users see highlights of the conversations in group chats that they missed out on. (Meta)
Instagram's vanishing mode
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Discover the magic of Instagram's vanishing mode! Learn how to send disappearing messages with ease while safeguarding your privacy. (unsplash)

Instagram's vanish mode offers users a convenient way to send disappearing messages, photos, videos, and other content within Instagram Direct Messages (DMs). This feature automatically removes shared text and media once someone exits the chat or turns off vanish mode. To utilize vanish mode, users need to update to Messenger features on Instagram, with the functionality introduced in 2020.

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Here's a step-by-step guide on how to activate or deactivate vanish mode in Instagram DMs:

How to use Vanish mode on Instagram

Step 1: Launch the Instagram app on your smartphone.

Step 2: Tap on the paper airplane icon (send) or the messenger icon located in the top right corner of your feed.

Step 3: Select the chat where you want to enable vanish mode.

Step 4: Inside the chat, swipe up to activate vanish mode.

Step 5: To disable vanish mode, swipe up again within the chat.

Also Read: Instagram update brings new DM features!

About Vanish mode

Whenever a user sends a message in vanish mode, Instagram notifies them. Similarly, users receive notifications if they receive a new message outside of vanish mode. It's important to note the following when using vanish mode:

- Disappearing messages cannot be copied, saved, or forwarded.

- Only Instagram accounts you've connected with can send messages in vanish mode. Message requests from unfamiliar accounts are not possible.

- Vanish mode is exclusive to Instagram chats and cannot be used in group chats or with Messenger or Facebook accounts. Additionally, certain professional accounts may not receive messages in vanish mode.

While vanish mode offers a sense of privacy, users should exercise caution and only engage in vanish mode chats with trusted individuals. Despite Instagram's notification system for screenshots, recipients can still capture disappearing messages using external devices before they vanish. It's advisable to remain mindful of the potential for screenshots or recordings, ensuring sensitive information isn't shared via vanish mode unless absolutely necessary.

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First Published Date: 02 Apr, 16:20 IST
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