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On Telegram, here is how to use the auto-delete timer feature, similar to WhatsApp disappearing messages

Telegram auto-delete feature will allow messages to be killed after a period of 1 month even.
Telegram auto-delete feature will allow messages to be killed after a period of 1 month even. (Pixabay)

Telegram auto-delete timer feature has now extended the duration that messages can be left alive. However, it is a little different from what WhatsApp offers.

Telegram today rolled out a massive update on its platform, which includes both its Android and iOS-based apps. This new update brought a host of new features on its platform. The long list of features coming to the WhatsApp rival includes the ability to add up to 1,000 viewers in a group video call, increasing the resolution of video messages, giving three different video playback speed options to users, including sound from the device in one-on-one screen sharing, new precision drawing features, passcode animations, password recovery and reminders, a new in-app camera on iOS, option to send a message to multiple recipients in a single go on iOS, and new animated emojis.

In addition to the above-mentioned features, Telegram also introduced a small tweak to one of its existing features. For those who are new to Telegram, the messaging app has a feature called auto-delete timer that lets users put a timer to all messages that are shared on its platform. Up until now, users could enable this feature and set the auto-delete timer to either one day or one week. Now, Telegram has added a third option to the list. Now, users of this popular messaging app can also set the auto-delete timer to one month. Once they set the timer to one month, the selected message or messages will disappear once a month has passed.

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Interestingly, WhatsApp too offers a feature called disappearing messages that enables users to set a timer on the messages that are shared when this feature is turned on. However, unlike Telegram that gives users the option to select a timeline according to their needs and requirements, messages on WhatsApp disappear after a week.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t used the auto-delete timer feature in Telegram, here’s a quick guide for you.

How to enable auto-delete timer on Android

Step 1: Open the concerned chat windows in Telegram.

Step 2: Tap on the three dots.

Step 3: Tap on the Clear History option.

Step 4: Choose a duration.

Step 5: Tap on Done.

How to enable auto-delete timer on iOS

Step 1: Open the concerned chat windows in Telegram.

Step 2: Press and hold the message on which you want to put a timer on.

Step 3: Tap on the Select option at the bottom.

Step 4: Now tap on the Clear Chat option on the top-left corner of the chat window.

Step 5: Tap on Enable Auto-Delete option.

Step 6: Select a timeline that meets your needs.

Step 7: Tap on Done option.

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