How to turn disappearing messages on or off

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You can send messages that disappear on WhatsApp by turning disappearing messages on.
You can turn disappearing messages on for one or many existing chats, or set up disappearing messages by default for all new chats in future.
When you turn disappearing messages on, you can choose to have messages disappear after 24 hours, 7 days, or 90 days, unless the messages are kept. Disappearing messages can also be kept in the chat so that they won’t disappear.
New messages sent in the chat will disappear after the duration you select. This applies to new messages in the chat only, not previous messages you’ve sent or received.

Turn disappearing messages on or off by default
Anyone can turn on disappearing messages by default. Once turned on, all new individual chats will start with disappearing messages set to the duration you select.
  1. Tap
    more options
    > Settings > Privacy.
  2. Tap Default message timer.
  3. Select 24 hours, 7 days, 90 days, or Off.
  4. If you want to apply the timer to existing chats, tap "by selecting them" and tap the chats.
  5. Tap
    green checkmark
Turn on disappearing messages in a specific chat
Anyone can turn on disappearing messages in an individual chat. Once turned on, new messages in the chat will disappear after the duration you select.
  1. Open a chat.
  2. Tap the contact’s name.
    • Or, tap
      more options
  3. Tap Disappearing messages.
  4. Select 24 hours, 7 days, or 90 days under Message timer.
Turn off disappearing messages in a specific chat
Anyone in the chat can disable disappearing messages at any time. You can keep specific messages to stop them from disappearing, as long as the duration time hasn’t passed.
If you disable disappearing messages, you can’t keep them.
  1. Open a chat.
  2. Tap the contact’s name.
    • Or, tap
      more options
  3. Tap Disappearing messages.
  4. Tap Off.
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