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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

    counter

    for the remaining time.

Note:

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.

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

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