RAYMOND OGLESBY @RaymondOglesby2
November 30, 2021
Privacy is an important thing to consider when putting all of your conversations into a messaging app. With Facebook Messenger’s Vanish Mode, you can make sensitive messages disappear after the recipient has read them. It’s a nice privacy trick.
Vanish Mode is also available on Instagram and it works exactly the same as Facebook Messenger. The idea is you start Vanish Mode, say what you want to say, then leave Vanish Mode. After your messages have been seen, they disappear.
This is for iPhone, iPad, and Android using Messenger
First, open Messenger and start a conversation with someone you are friends with. Refer to the below image:
Next, while in the conversation view, press down and hold while swiping up from the text box. You will see a little indicator to help you get into Vanish Mode. The tiny dot is barely visible. On the below screenshot, you will notice the top of the screen has changed color. See the below image:
Now, on your first use of Vanish Mode, a confirmation screen will be displayed. Tap OK to continue. See the following image:
Next, in Vanish Mode, the background will be dark. You can now have a conversation like you normally would. Refer to the below image:
Now, if you or the recipient takes a screenshot while you are in Vanish Mode, you will be notified. See the below image:
Next, when you are ready for everything to disappear, tap on Turn Off Vanish Mode. You can also do the swipe-up gesture again. See the following image:
Note! Messenger retains your Vanish Mode media and texts for up to an hour after they have been deleted. This is in case the recipient files a report for abuse and harassment and Messenger needs the Vanish Mode data to take action.
You can also turn on Vanish Mode via the recipient profile. Scroll down to the Privacy & Support section and toggle Vanish Mode to ON. Refer to the below image:
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That’s all there is to it. Think of it like walking into a sound-proof room to have a secret conversation. You can enter Vanish Mode for a while and then leave when you are done.
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