How to activate temporary messages that disappear

Temporary WhatsApp messages are one of the most useful features to hit the app this year - so you can use them.

It was one of the most anticipated WhatsApp features, and now it's finally here: messages that disappear automatically They are available in the most used instant messaging application in the world, and although it is not a perfect function, it can be useful in different situations.

If you still don't use this function, today we explain how you can activate temporary messages, and how you can use them.

Temporary messages on WhatsApp

Temporary messages on WhatsApp.

What are temporary WhatsApp messages?

First of all, it doesn't hurt to remember what is the temporary messages function by WhatsApp.

In the same way as the function available in applications such as Telegram, WhatsApp now allows set an "expiration date" for messages.

Thus, when this option is enabled, messages sent and received in a chat will be automatically deleted after a while. Time that, in the case of WhatsApp, has been set to seven days without the possibility of increasing or decreasing the figure.

How to activate disappearing messages in an individual chat

One of the advantages of disappearing messages from WhatsApp is that it is possible activate them both in individual chats and in group conversations.

In the first case, these are the steps you must follow to do it:

  1. Open WhatsApp and tap on the conversation where you want to activate the temporary messages.
  2. Tap on the contact's name to open the information panel.
  3. Look for the option "Temporary messages" and tap on it.
  4. Activate the option.

Now, the messages you send or receive in that conversation, they will be deleted once seven days have passed since they were sent, without the possibility of recovering them - unless you take a screenshot during all that time, of course.

How to activate them in groups

And if what you want is keep your WhatsApp groups free of messages, you can also activate the self-destructing messages of WhatsApp in your group chats: This is what you should do:

  1. First of all, make sure you are the administrator of the group where you want to activate temporary messages.
  2. Tap on the group name to open the information panel.
  3. Look for the option "Temporary messages" and tap on it.
  4. Activate the option.

With these simple steps, you will have finished and temporary messages will be activated. If you want to disable them, you just have to perform the same process and disable the option that has been activated in the fourth step.