How to Turn on Disappearing Messages on Facebook (2024)

In Short
  • Turning on Disappearing Messages on Messenger automatically clears your messages after 24 hours.
  • When turned on, the feature notifies when someone screenshots the chat.
  • To turn it on, go to the specific Messenger chat -> tap on the profile icon or name -> Disappearing messages -> 24 hours.

Not too long ago, Facebook and Messenger rolled out end-to-end encryption for all chats and calls. So, while your Messenger chats are more secure than ever before, to be extra sure, you can use the disappearing messages feature. With this feature turned on, messages in a chat are automatically cleared after 24 hours. In addition, it will also let you know anytime the other person grabs a screenshot of the chat. But, if you’re wondering how to turn on Disappearing Messages on Facebook in the first place, read on!

How Do Disappearing Messages on Facebook Work

  • As the name suggests, the messages you send after turning on the feature will disappear from the chats on both sides after 24 hours.
  • When the disappearing messages feature is enabled on Facebook Messenger, you will be notified when the other person screenshots the chat.
  • Also, you can report a disappearing message only up to 6 hours after sending it.
  • When you turn on disappearing messages, the other person gets notified about it down in the chat.

Turn on Disappearing Messages in Facebook Messenger on Android and iOS

  • Open Facebook Messenger, and enter the chat you want to enable disappearing messages for.
  • Then, tap on the profile name displayed at the top of the screen to get into chat settings.
Heading over to a Facebook Messenger Chat settings
  • Next, scroll down in here to find the Disappearing messages panel at the bottom.
  • It’s turned off by default, tap on it, and finally, tap on 24 hours and head back into the chat.
Turning on Disappearing Messages on Facebook
  • Disappearing messages are on for you now, and you will see the notification that disappearing messages have been enabled for this chat on Messenger.
Disappearing messages turned on in Messenger

Turn on Disappearing Messages in Facebook Messenger on Web

  • Head over to Facebook on any desired browser of yours and visit the profile you want to turn on disappearing messages for.
  • Then, click on the blue Message icon being displayed to the right of your screen.
Go to Messenger from Facebook
  • That will summon a small window at the bottom displaying your messages with the person.
Chats in Facebook
  • In this window, click on the Facebook profile name of the person which has a small down arrow adjacent to it.
  • That will summon a window with a list of options on the left. Scroll down here to find the Disappearing Messages panel and click on it.
Disappearing Messages menu
  • Finally, in the pop-up window, select 24 hours and click on Done. That will instantly enable disappearing messages on Facebook for the particular chat.
Disappearing Messages toggle on Facebook Web

That brings us to the end of this guide, but if you have any other related queries, let us know in the comments down below!

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