How to Turn “Auto-Delete Messages” On or Off in Telegram on Windows 11

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The article provides a guide on how to use the “Auto-Delete Messages” feature in the Telegram app, which automatically deletes messages after a specific period. This feature enhances privacy and helps manage storage. The guide includes launching the app, going to settings, adjusting the auto-delete timer, and saving changes.

This article explains how to turn “Auto-Delete Messages” on or off in the Telegram app on mobile devices.

Telegram is a cross-platform instant messaging app that focuses on speed and security. It allows users to send text and voice messages, make voice and video calls, and share photos and videos with end-to-end encryption to help ensure user privacy and security.

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When you use Telegram on Windows, you can also turn the “Auto-Delete Messages” feature on or off. If enabled, all new messages in chats will start automatically deleting for everyone at the point specified after they are sent.

The “Auto-Delete Messages” feature in Telegram allows users to delete messages in chats after a certain period automatically. This can be useful for users who want to keep their conversations private or free up some storage space on their devices.

By turning this feature on, users can ensure that sensitive information shared in chats is automatically deleted after a certain period. On the other hand, if users want to keep their messages for future reference or sentimental reasons, they can turn the feature off.

Turn “Auto-Delete Messages” on or off in Telegram

As mentioned above, users can turn on the auto-delete messages in the Telegram app to automatically delete all messages after a certain period.

Here’s how to do it.

First, launch the app by clicking the Start menu and selecting it on the All Apps list.

Open Telegram on the all apps list

You can also launch the app from the Taskbar or Taskbar overflow.

Telegram app in taskbar overflow

When the app opens, click the Menu button at the top left of your screen.

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On the Menu pane, select the Settings (gear) button.

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Please select the Privacy and Security menu on the Settings page to expand it.

Telegram privacy and security tile

Next, the Auto-Delete Message tile on the Privacy and Security settings page to open it.

Telegram turn auto-delete messages on or off

On the “Auto-Delete Messages” settings page, under the Self-destruct timer, select when your messages should begin to delete automatically. These are your options:

  • Off
  • After 1 day
  • After 1 week
  • After 1 month
  • Set Custom Tim (up to 11 months)

Make your selection and save your changes.

That should do it!


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