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How to send disappearing messages in WhatsApp

The feature can be enabled for all new chats that you start or are starting with you.

In Summary

•WhatsApp introduced disappearing messages to make conversations more private.

•The feature can be enabled for all new chats that you start or are starting with you.

WhatsApp
WhatsApp
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WhatsApp introduced disappearing messages to make conversations more private.

Go to settings then privacy if you want to apply to every chat
Go to settings then privacy if you want to apply to every chat
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How do disappearing messages on WhatsApp work?

  • 24 hours, seven days, 90 days
  • Individual chat basis or all chats
  • Admins only for group chats

In a group chat, only the group admins will be able to turn disappearing messages on or off.

The feature can be enabled for all new chats that you start or are starting with you. A user can also enable it for individual chats, and either a user within the individual chat can turn the feature on or off.

You can turn on disappearing messages by default for all new individual chats.

You can adjust the timer
You can adjust the timer
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On an iPhone and Android:

How to send disappearing messages to everyone

Go to WhatsApp Settings > tap Account > Privacy > Default message timer and select a duration.

If disappearing messages are 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 > Storage and Data.

Tap profile then turn on disappearing messages
Tap profile then turn on disappearing messages
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How to enable or disable disappearing messages to individuals

To enable or disable disappearing messages on iPhone or Android:

Open WhatsApp then open the individual chat

Tap on the contact's name at the top

Select Disappearing Messages then Tap Continue (if prompted)

Select on or off

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