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How to delete WhatsApp messages without leaving a trace

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Preliminary information

Before we get into the matter and see how to delete WhatsApp messages without leaving a trace, I would like to provide you with some preliminary information that will be useful for you to have a clearer picture of the situation.

In this case, I want to tell you that the only way to delete messages from WhatsApp chats without any trace of them is to activate the setting of the ephemeral messages. Once this is active for a chat, in fact, the messages sent in it are removed permanently and without leaving traces after one week from their sending (therefore without the appearance of words such as "deleted message" in their place).



It must be said, however, that the activation of this setting is reported to one's interlocutors and that the messages disappear after a week, so in the meantime they could be saved in other ways, for example through a trivial screenshot, by others. users.

Alternatively, there is the classic function of deleting messages within an hour of sending, introduced by WhatsApp since the early days but which, when used, leaves a trace of deleted messages (which are replaced by a statement relating to the fact that have been eliminated). Having clarified these points, we can proceed.

How to delete WhatsApp messages without a trace on Android

Let's see first how to delete WhatsApp messages without leaving a trace on Android. As already mentioned above, the solution I advise you to adopt is that of ephemeral messages; therefore you will have to go to the chat settings from which you intend to make the messages disappear and activate the function in question,

Then open the official WhatsApp app, tap on the tab Chat (top left), select the conversazione in which you want to activate the ephemeral messages, then press on contact name is located at the top, so as to reach the screen relating to the settings of the conversation itself. If you have selected one group conversation, you can apply the ephemeral message function only if you are an administrator.



Once this is done, press on the wording Ephemeral messages e fai tap sull'opzione Get activated. Once the setting is activated, the message will appear in the chat [Name Surname] has activated ephemeral messages and new sent messages will be deleted after one week.

In case of second thoughts, to disable ephemeral messages, you will have to go back to the chat settings (following the instructions I gave you a moment ago), press on the item Ephemeral messages and tap on the option Deactivated.

To delete a message in a classic way, however, you have to hold down on it, so as to select it (you can also select more than one), tap on the icon of the dustbin (top right) and press on the wording Delete for all (if you have sent the message less than an hour ago and you want to delete it also for the recipient); or on the item Delete for me, if it's been over an hour since it was sent and / or you just want to delete it from your phone.

Keep in mind that by doing this, however, you will leave a trace of the cancellation of the message: instead of the latter, in fact, a message will appear indicating that the message has been deleted. More info here.

How to delete WhatsApp messages without leaving a trace on iPhone

Do you want to know how to delete WhatsApp messages without leaving a trace on iPhone? Well, basically you have to follow the same procedure described in the chapter on Android. Therefore, start the official WhatsApp app, tap the tab Chat (bottom right) and open the conversazione say your interest.


In the new screen that opened, tap on contact name or on group name (in this case, you can activate ephemeral messages only if you are an administrator) located at the top and press on the item Ephemeral messages present in the new screen that opened. Then, to activate the setting for ephemeral messages, tap the item Get activated And that's it.


After activating the setting, the message will appear in the chat [Name Surname] has activated ephemeral messages. This means that new messages sent in the chat you acted on will automatically disappear after a week, leaving no trace.

If you want to disable ephemeral messages on a chat, you will have to go back to the settings of the same (following the instructions I have just given you), touch the item Ephemeral messages and then select the option Deactivated.

If, on the other hand, you want to delete a message in a "classic" way, make a long tap on it, press the icon of dustbin (top right) and confirm, by means of the wording Delete for all (if you have sent the message less than an hour and want to delete it for both you and the recipient), or press on the item Delete for me (in case an hour has passed since the sending or you want to delete it only from your chat).

As you probably already know, by doing this you will leave a trace of the successful cancellation of the message, as I explained to you in this other article.


How to delete WhatsApp messages without leaving a trace on PC

In conclusion, let me explain how to delete WhatsApp messages on PC. The possibility of setting ephemeral messages, in fact, is also present in Web WhatsApp and in WhatsApp desktop client.

First, log in to WhatsApp using WhatsApp Web or the WhatsApp desktop client (in this other guide I explained how to do it in detail) and select the chat of your interest from the left sidebar.

Successively, click here contact name or on group name (if you are the administrator of the latter), which is at the top, and click on the item Ephemeral messages present in the pop-up bar on the right. Finally, click on the option Attiva, placed under the heading Ephemeral messages, in order to activate the setting.


Once the setting is activated, the message will appear in the chat [Name Surname] has activated ephemeral messages and, starting from that moment, the new messages sent will be automatically deleted after a week, without leaving a trace.

In case of second thoughts, you can retrace your steps and disable ephemeral messages by going back to the chat settings (to do this you must follow the same steps I described before) and then select the items Ephemeral messages e No.

If you want to use the classic message deletion function, instead, hover the mouse cursor over the message to be deleted, click on the symbol (⌵) appeared on it and select the wording Delete message in the opened menu. To conclude, click on the wording Delete for all (if you have sent the message less than an hour ago and you want to delete it for both you and the recipient) or click on the item Delete for me (if an hour has already passed since sending or you intend to delete it only from your chat).

As already pointed out in the previous chapters, by doing so you will leave a trace of the cancellation of the message, as I have fully explained to you in this in-depth analysis on the subject.

How to send self-destructing photos and videos

In addition to sending ephemeral text messages, through the appropriate functionality of WhatsApp, you can use the option View once, which allows you to set the automatic self-destruction of multimedia attachments, which will be deleted after being viewed by the recipient.

You can take advantage of this tool in the WhatsApp to Android e iOS, but also from PC (via the WhatsApp to Windows o MacOS as well as from Web WhatsApp).

To do this, all you have to do is select the media to send in a WhatsApp and then press the button (1), to activate the option in question. Finally, hit the button with airplane icon in order to send the photo or video to the recipient.

For more information on this, read my tutorial on how to send self-destructing photos and videos on WhatsApp.

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