Facebook Messenger: Send self-deleting messages like WhatsApp

Self-deleting messages are also possible in Facebook Messenger, where they even offer more flexible expiry times than in Whatsapp. We show you how it works.

You can also send self-deleting messages, as you may already be familiar with from Whatsapp and other messengers, in Facebook Messenger. The message, whether text, image or other content, is then automatically deleted after a specified period of time. We’ll show you how to use this hidden feature in Facebook Messenger.

How to send self-deleting messages on Facebook

If you have never noticed this function before, it may be because you have not yet used a secret chat – this is the prerequisite for sending self-deleting messages.

In Facebook Messenger

enable secret chats

by first starting a new chat and – before you select the respective contact –

Tap the lock symbol at the top right.

In this way, you open a secret conversation that is end-to-end encrypted on all active devices. In order to send a self-deleting message, the following steps are necessary:

  1. Click on the in the entry line

    Clock icon.

  2. A window will then open in which you can set the expiry time. In contrast to Whatsapp, which only allows a fixed period of seven days, in Facebook Messenger you have a significantly larger (albeit shorter) selection. The following are available: 5s, 10s, 30s, 1min, 5min, 10min, 30min, 1h, 6h, 12h, 1 day. For example, a time of 5 seconds means that once a message has been viewed, it will be removed after 5 seconds.

  3. Then click again on the input line, write the desired message and send it off as usual.

  4. A will now appear next to the sent message


    for the remaining time.


For you, the counter starts immediately after sending, but for the recipient only after they have read the message.

And finally, a well-intentioned piece of advice: Never use self-deleting messages for sensitive content, as the recipient can easily bypass the purpose of the function with a screenshot (and Facebook will not notify you in this case either).

The clock icon for self-erasing messages can only be found in secret Facebook chats.


The clock icon for self-erasing messages can only be found in secret Facebook chats.

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