How to Send Disappearing Messages in WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, and Instagram

Everyone these days is getting concerned about online privacy. And why not.? Once you are online, there are high chances of someone stealing your data or hacking the account. Even miscreants can get to see your messages that you exchange with someone. For that, social media apps have now come up with the concept of disappearing messages. These messages are just like normal messages that you send as text or media files. Except, these messages are set to self-destruct after the recipient reads the message.

In this guide, you will learn how to use such disappearing messages on various social networking sites. You can send such auto-destructible messages on WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, and Instagram. If you don’t want a third-party to eavesdrop or hack into any important message that you are sending, then you can easily send such a message. These temporary messages will not affect your regular messages. Both of them will remain separate. Even though regular and disappearing messages are different, on all platforms the messages go through end-to-end encryption.

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Send Disappearing Messages on Various Social Media Apps

Let’s check out how to send disappearing messages on popular social networking platforms like Instagram, Signal, WhatsApp, and Telegram.

Send Disappearing Messages on Signal

To send these kinds of self-deleting messages on Signal, you have to enable this feature for the corresponding contact to whom you wish to send the message.

To enable disappearing messages,

  • Open Signal app
  • Then open any chat you already had with any of your Signal contacts
  • Tap on the name of the contact
  • Scroll down to the option Disappearing Messages
    Disappearing messages in Signal app
  • Now, tap on the switch beside it to enable it.

As you enable the feature, you will see a bar that says messages disappear after 1 day. You can set it to disappear after 1 week, 12 hours, 6 hours, 1 hour, 30 minutes, 5 minutes, 1 minute, 30 seconds, 10 seconds, or 5 seconds after sending the message. Simply drag the bar to set your minimum or maximum time limit after which the message will auto-destruct.


How to Send Disappearing Messages on Telegram

Now, let’s move on to Telegram and see how to send self-destructing messages on it. These are called secret chats. As mentioned earlier, secret chats will use end-to-end encryption. They will not be logged on the Telegram servers. The recipient will not be able to forward the disappearing messages on Telegram.

  • Launch the Telegram app on your device
  • Tap on the name of the contact to whom you want to send a disappearing message
  • Then tap on More
  • Select Start Secret Chat > tap on Start to confirm when a dialog box pops up
    Telegram secret chats
  • You will see a timer icon in the text field.
    Telegram secret chats timer
  • Tap on it and you will see various options for setting the self-destruct time for your message.

The maximum time limit can be set up to 1 week and a minimum of 1 second from the time recipient sees the message. You can ideally set it to 10 or 30 seconds.

set after what time messages will auto destruct

Send Self-destructing Messages in WhatsApp

Here is the guide to send the auto destructible messages on WhatsApp. While on other platforms you can set a timer as per your convenience to auto-delete the message, that’s not possible on WhatsApp. Be default, any disappearing message you send on it, that will self-destruct after 7 days.

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Next, open the profile of the contact you wish to exchange a disappearing message
  • Scroll down to the option Disappearing Messages. it would be turned off by default
  • Tap on the option
  • Then tap on the radio button On

Steps to Send Vanishing Messages on Instagram

Instagram has a neat feature called Vanish Mode which is just the same as disappearing messages we learned about in the previous sections of this article.

  • Open any DM you had(you can even create a fresh DM) with any of your followers
  • simply scroll down to the point where the conversation last ended
  • You will see that it says swipe up to enable Vanish Mode
    Instagram Vanish Mode
  • swipe up on the message thread
  • You will see Vanish Mode will show up in that thread
    Close Vanish Mode in Instagram
  • The message will auto-destruct after the recipient receives or sees the message
  • Vanish Mode will automatically disable when you close the chat on Instagram

So, that’s about it. These steps to send disappearing messages as you see are almost similar on all the social media apps. When you want to send an important message and don’t want any third-party to intercept or see it, disappearing messages will help you out.

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