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WhatsApp disappearing messages and how it works

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Whatsapp is a very popular and widely-used social media messenger. It is installed by billions of people across the globe.

After installing WhatsApp on your Android or iOS phone, you can exchange messages using an active internet connection.

Now you can send messages that disappear on WhatsApp by turning in disappearing messages on WhatsApp. Once enabled, new messages sent in the chat will disappear after seven days.

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If a user doesn’t open WhatsApp in the seven-day period, the message will disappear. However, the preview of the message might still be displayed in notifications until WhatsApp is opened.

The most recent selection controls all messages in the chat. Messages sent or received before disappearing messages is enabled won’t be affected.

By default, the media you receive in WhatsApp will be automatically downloaded to your photos. If disappearing messages are turned on, media sent in the chat will disappear but will be saved on the phone if auto-download is on. You can turn auto-download off in WhatsApp Settings.

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Check below the step-by-step guide for the users to enable or disable WhatsApp disappearing messages in an individual chat.

How to enable WhatsApp disappearing messages on Android and iPhone


Either user can enable disappearing messages in an individual chat. Once enabled, messages in the chat will disappear after seven days.

Launch WhatsApp on your phone.
Now open the WhatsApp chat.
Then tap on the contact’s name.
Tap on Disappearing messages.
If prompted, tap on CONTINUE.
Finally, select On.

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How to disable WhatsApp disappearing messages: Android and iPhone

Either user can disable disappearing messages at any time. Once disabled, messages sent in the chat will no longer disappear.

Launch WhatsApp on your phone.
Now open the WhatsApp chat.
Then tap on the contact’s name.
Tap on Disappearing messages.
If prompted, tap on CONTINUE.
Finally, select Off.

Source: India Today

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