Messenger: how to use ephemeral messages that self-destruct after reading

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It is now possible to send ephemeral messages on Messenger via Vanish mode. We explain how to use them.

Two weeks ago, a new feature appeared on Facebook's messaging app. Indeed, ephemeral messages are now available on Messenger. But what is their particularity? Vanish Mode's ephemeral message self-destructs once your conversation partner reads it and closes the chat window. Something to remind us of the best hours of Mission Impossible and the cult “this message will self-destruct in five seconds”.



For the record, Facebook Messenger and Instagram messengers are one. However, the Vanish mode is not yet available on the latter. We detail in this article how to activate it on Messenger. You have thus two different ways at your disposal to use the Vanish mode.

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Messenger: here's how to activate Vanish mode

First, you can swipe up and down in the chat window. The text "Hold to activate fleeting mode" will then appear in the interface. You will then be redirected to a new window where it will be possible to send an ephemeral message.

There is also another way to benefit from the Vanish mode. To do this, you must first access the settings via the "i" symbol. Which nestles at the top of the conversation, on the right side. Next, tap on the “Ephemeral mode” section then activate the feature. Just go back and you will have access to your conversation with Vanish mode.


It is obviously possible to return to a normal conversation by pressing "Deactivate ephemeral mode". A tab that appears at the top of the ephemeral conversation. Furthermore, you will be notified if your interlocutor takes a screenshot of the message.


For information, it is possible to delete a compromising message on Messenger. Useful if you declared your love to the wrong person. There are also a slew of new features on Facebook Messenger. Finally, note that ephemeral messages also exist on WhatsApp. With the difference that the latter disappear only after seven days.

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