How To Enable Disappearing Messages In WhatsApp

Are you tired of deleting your WhatsApp messages from time to time? Do you want to auto-delete them after some time passes? If that’s a yes, we have some good news for you. You can now enable disappearing messages on your WhatsApp chats. With that in mind, here’s a quick guide on how to turn on the feature on your account.


Tutorial

Like Telegram and Signal, WhatsApp also allows you to delete your messages automatically. In this way, you can clear your chat history every once in a while without doing anything.

But unlike the other two apps, you can’t set the countdown timer for your messages on WhatsApp. If you enable disappearing messages, the app automatically deletes them after a week passes. Nevertheless, this feature is still helpful in all your group or private conversations.

With that in mind, we have here a guide for you. We’ll show you how to enable disappearing messages on your WhatsApp account. Whether you’re using your mobile, web, or desktop app, we got you covered.

How to turn auto-delete your messages on WhatsApp

If you want your WhatsApp messages to delete themselves after some time passes, you can choose to enable disappearing messages. When you do, all newly sent chats disappear after seven days.

You can turn on this feature whether you’re using WhatsApp on your computer or mobile device. Follow our tutorials below to learn how to do it from both.

On mobile devices:
  1. Launch WhatsApp from your home screen or app drawer, and sign in to your account.
  2. Open one of your chats.

  3. Tap the group or contact’s name at the top of your screen to open the information page.

  4. Tap “Disappearing messages.”

  5. Select “On” to enable the feature on your chat.

That’s how you enable disappearing messages on the Android app. In turn, the app automatically deletes new messages sent on the chat after a week.

As you can see, disappearing messages are available on both group and private chats. However, please note that anyone participating in the chat can toggle the feature on or off by default.

On your computer:
  1. Launch the WhatsApp desktop or web app and link your account.
  2. Open one of your chats on the left.

  3. Click the group or contact’s name at the top of the chat window to open the information page.

  4. Scroll down on the option on the right side of your screen and click “Disappearing messages.”

  5. Click “On” to enable the feature on the chat.

Note: This feature won’t affect your previous messages and chat history.

As you can see, disappearing messages are available on both group and private chats. However, please note that anyone participating in the chat can toggle the feature on or off by default.

But if you’re the group owner, you can choose to change your group settings to allow only your admins to edit the settings. You can find the option to do so by navigating to Group info > Group settings > Edit group info.

To wrap it all up

Now that you know how to enable disappearing messages on WhatsApp, you can use it in your group or private chats. Once you do, the app removes new messages sent on the chat after a week passes.

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