Facebook has introduced a new solution, previously known from Snapchat, to its messenger. It's a Vanish Mode that deletes messages as soon as the chat is closed. What is it about and is it possible to turn off the vanishing messages mode in Messenger?
What is the vanishing message mode?
Disappearing messages are not new. For the first time with Vanish mode, users took a peek in the Snapchat chat app. This is where users can send their friends messages that disappear when they exit the chat. However, there is a difference between the Snapchat feature and Facebook and Instagram. Snapchat generally uses this feature by default, Messenger and Instagram users need to turn it on manually. But once they do, they will have access to some useful features.
The mode of disappearing messages is that text messages, voice messages or photos disappear after being read by the addressee. You can be sure that they will not be saved anywhere. An additional security is the fact that chat users will be notified if one of the people takes a screenshot or starts recording the content of the chat. Thus, privacy is protected. Vanishing Message Mode operates in Dark Mode to clearly indicate when it's running.
Turning on the vanishing message mode on Messenger:
It's worth remembering that Vanish Mode will only work if you have the latest version of Facebook Messenger.
Turning on this mode is not difficult. Just swipe up on the chat window where you want to start this mode. Another option is to click on the bar with the name and surname of the interlocutor, and then enter "Privacy and help" and "Disappearing messages mode".
If you want to turn it off, press the "Turn off vanishing message mode" button. You can also check additional information by clicking on "Find out more".
This functionality can only be used by people with whom you have already connected in the application. You can't write to strangers this way.
Similar functionality has also been introduced to Instagram.