How to Turn Disappearing Messages On or Off in WhatsApp

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The article provides instructions on how to enable or disable the “Disappearing messages” feature on WhatsApp, which automatically deletes messages from a chat after a set period. This tool can be helpful for maintaining privacy or keeping chat histories clean, but may not suit those who need message records. The guide details the process step-by-step, from accessing settings to selecting your preferred message duration or switching the function off.

This article explains how to turn “Disappearing messages” on or off in WhatsApp.

WhatsApp is a popular cross-platform messaging app that allows users to send text and voice messages, make voice and video calls, share files, and more.

One can configure many settings with the WhatsApp app in Windows, including starting the WhatsApp app at loginturning read receipts on or offturning notifications on or offturning automatic downloads on or offclearing and deleting chats, and more.

On mobile devices, you can turn the fingerprint lock feature on or off, which isn’t available on the desktop version.

Also, on the mobile version of WhatsApp is a “Disappearing messages” feature that, if turned on, all new individual chats will start with disappearing messages set to the duration you select.

The “Disappearing messages” feature in WhatsApp is designed to delete messages from a chat after a certain period automatically. This feature can be useful if you want to keep your chat history clean and tidy or if you want to keep certain conversations private.

However, it may not be suitable for all situations, and some users may prefer to keep their messages for future reference. Therefore, turning “Disappearing messages” on or off in WhatsApp depends on your preferences and needs.

Turn “Disappearing messages” on or off in WhatsApp

As mentioned above, users can turn “Disappearing messages” on or off in WhatsApp for multiple reasons.

If you want to keep certain conversations private, you can turn it on.

Here’s how to do that.

First, open and launch the WhatsApp app on your mobile device.

When the app opens, click the Settings and More button (vertical dots) at the top right corner.

Then click Settings on the context menu.

WhatsApp settings and more button

On the Settings screen, select Privacy to expand it.

On the Privacy screen, scroll to the bottom and select “Default message timer” to open the settings.

On the Default message timer screen, select one of the following options to start new chats with a disappearing message:

  • 24 hours
  • 7 days
  • 90 days
  • Off

Select Off to disable it.

That should do it!


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