How to enable WhatsApp’s disappearing messages on iPhone

In 2020, WhatsApp launched disappearing messages on its platform to help users reduce their digital footprint and keep information private since the feature ensures there is no permanent record or digital copy of conversations. Here’s how to enable WhatsApp’s disappearing messages on iPhone in a few simple steps.

How to enable WhatsApp's disappearing messages on iPhone

Learn how to enable WhatsApp’s disappearing messages on iPhone

After you enable WhatsApp’s disappearing messages, you can choose how long they stick around in all new chats. The duration can be set to 24 hours, seven days, or 90 days. Note, settings a duration does not affect or delete any of your existing conversations.

  1. Open WhatsApp > tap Settings from the options at the bottom of the screen. 
  2. Tap Account. How to enable WhatsApp's disappearing messages on iPhone
  3. Next, tap Privacy. How to enable WhatsApp's disappearing messages on iPhone
  4. Under Disappearing Messages, tap Default Message Timer. How to enable WhatsApp's disappearing messages on iPhone
  5. Select a duration after which messages should disappear in new chats. Options include 24 Hours, 7 Days, 90 Days, and Off. How to enable WhatsApp's disappearing messages on iPhone

Note that all new individual chats will be affected by the selected duration but your existing WhatsApp chats will remain unchanged. Keep in mind that if the receiver of your message does not open WhatsApp in the 24-hour, seven-day, or 90-day period, the message will self-destruct and disappear from the chat.

We hope this guide helped you learn how to enable WhatsApp’s disappearing messages on iPhone. If you have any questions, let us know in the comments below.

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