How to Activate Whatsapp Disappearing Messages?

A detailed guide on how to enable or disable WhatsApp Disappearing Messages, FAQ, and Everything Else You Need to Know About This Feature.

Whatsapp was working on one of the most awaited features called the Disappearing Messages feature. Finally, the company has launched this feature publically as expected. Whatsapp was in the news last week for several reasons, including Whatsapp Payments and Disappearing Messages.

I have already coved the Whatsapp Payments feature that has arrived in India. I have included a detailed how-to guide on setting up your Whatsapp Payment account and using it to receive and send money. In this specific post, I am going to discuss the Disappearing Messages feature. Facebook-owned Whatsapp has finally made the Disappearing Messages feature official.

This feature will be rolled out to its 2 billion-plus user base this month. Hence you will be getting this feature soon to your Whatsapp Messenger, so you should be aware of it. Let’s talk about what this feature is, how to use it, and some important things to remember regarding the Disappearing Messages.

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What is WhatsApp’s “Disappearing Messages” feature?

The Whatsapp Disappearing feature was in rumors for quite a long time, and Whatsapp has finally made this feature official to the public. Using this feature, the Whatsapp user will be able to send messages to individuals and in group chats that will automatically get deleted after 7 days.

You can turn the Disappearing Messages on/off for each contact and group. After turning the feature on, every message sent to the selected individual will automatically get deleted after a period of 7 days. The Disappearing Messages feature will also be effective in sending Photos, Videos, Docs, etc. as well, which means they will also get deleted after 7 days. For sending regular messages, you can turn the feature off.

The Disappearing Messages feature will be available on all Whatsapp-supported devices, including Android, iOS, Whatsapp Web, and Linux-based KaiOS devices.

How to Turn On Disappearing Messages on WhatsApp?

Step 1: Open the Whatsapp Chat/Group.


Step 2: Tap the Contact/Group Name.


Step 3: Go to Disappearing Messages and tap on CONTINUE.


Step 4: Now Select On.


That’s All! Now new messages in the selected chat or group will be disappeared after 7 days.

How to Turn Off Disappearing Messages on WhatsApp?

To turn off this functionality, you need to repeat the same procedure. The following guide will help you if somehow you don’t like this feature:

Step 1: Open the Whatsapp Chat/Group.

Step 2: Tap the Contact/Group Name.

Step 3: Go to Disappearing Messages and tap on CONTINUE.

Step 4: Now Select Off.

Whatsapp Disappearing Messages: Important Things to remember

  • Disappearing Messages also include Media like Photos, Videos, Docs, etc.; hence these messages will also disappear after 7 days. But the media will get saved into the device if auto-download is on.
  • Forwarding the disappearing message to a chat where the sender has not switched the message’s disappearing messages will remain in the forwarded chat even after 7 days.
  • After sending the disappearing message, if the recipient doesn’t open the chat, the message will get disappear. But according to WhatsApp, a preview of the received message might still be displayed in notifications until the messenger is opened.
  • The disappearing message will be included in the backup if the backup is created before the message disappears. But the message will get deleted after the user restores the backup.
  • It is possible to forward and take a screenshot of the disappearing message.
  • The initial message will get quoted on replying to the disappearing message. That quoted message might remain in the chat there even after 7 days time period.

Whatsapp Disappearing Messages: FAQ

Does Whatsapp have Disappearing Messages?

Yes, Whatsapp has finally announced the Disappearing Messages feature, and this feature will be rolled out to 2 billion plus Whatsapp users worldwide. Using this feature, the user will send messages to chats and groups that will automatically disappear after 7 days.

How can I send a disappearing message on Whatsapp?

Sending a disappearing message is fairly simple. Turn on the feature by tapping on the chat/group’s name and selecting the Disappearing Messages option.

Why did Whatsapp chat disappear?

The previous Whatsapp chat of yours goes disappeared because the sender used the Disappeared Messages feature. By using this feature, a Whatsapp user can send messages, photos, videos, etc., that get automatically deleted after 7 days.

How do I stop WhatsApp from deleting messages?

There is no such option to stop the messages from getting disappeared or being deleted. However, you can take screenshots of your important chats.


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