How To Enable Default Disappearing Messages On WhatsApp

Are you tired of deleting your WhatsApp conversations from time to time? Do you want to auto-delete your messages on all new chats after a set amount of time? In any case, you can enable default disappearing messages on your account. Check our quick guide below, and we’ll show you how.


In WhatsApp, users can enable disappearing messages on their chats. Using this feature deletes messages within the conversation after some time passes.

Back then, you’ll need to enable disappearing messages manually to use them on your WhatsApp conversations. In one of the app’s recent updates, they added a new feature that allows you to enable it for all new chats automatically.

Here’s our guide about using default disappearing messages on WhatsApp.

How to turn on default disappearing messages on WhatsApp

When you want to auto-delete messages on all new individual chats on WhatsApp, you can enable the default disappearing messages on your account. In this way, you won’t keep your chat history after the set amount of time.

You can set default disappearing messages from your Privacy Settings on the WhatsApp mobile app. Follow our step-by-step tutorial below, and we’ll cover the things you need to know.

  1. Open WhatsApp on your phone, sign in to your account, and enter your verification code (if you have one).
  2. Tap the three dots icon on the top right corner and select “Settings” from the menu.

  3. Head to your Account settings.

  4. Go to your Privacy options.

  5. Select “Default message timer” under the Disappearing messages section.

  6. Select how long your messages last on your new conversations.

That’s how you enable default disappearing messages on WhatsApp. Once you start a new individual chat, messages within the conversation only last for the amount of time you set earlier.

Please note that enabling default disappearing messages won’t affect any of your existing chats. You’ll need to turn on the feature for your existing conversations manually.

Unfortunately, there’s no option to manage default disappearing messages on the WhatsApp desktop app. However, enabling the feature on your phone also affects all the conversations that you view and start from your computer.

To wrap things up

Now that you know how to enable default disappearing messages on WhatsApp, there’s no need for you to turn on the feature whenever you or someone starts a new conversation on the app. Once the duration passes, WhatsApp deletes the messages on your conversation automatically.

If you ever change your mind about using disappearing messages on a new conversation, you can always turn it off whenever you want. You can find the option to do so by navigating to your chat preferences.

When you enable default disappearing messages, the app displays a quick message for people on your chats that you’re using the feature. In this way, other people can understand that you prefer using the feature in all your conversations.

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