how to enable ephemeral messages on messaging app

Facebook has deployed a new feature on its Messenger and Instagram applications: the ephemeral mode, which corresponds to ephemeral messages. These are automatically deleted after being viewed. Here’s how to activate it.

Messenger: how to activate ephemeral messages on the messaging app

On November 12, 2020, the Facebook teams presented a brand new feature reserved for the Messenger and Instagram platforms. The ephemeral mode in this case, which takes up one of the flagship features of Snapchat: that of being able to send messages capable of being automatically deleted once consulted.

Tutorial: how to activate the ephemeral mode on Messenger

These ephemeral messages are now available on the Messenger messaging service (still pending on Instagram). How to activate them? Here is our tutorial.

There are two ways to enable fleeting mode on Messenger: the first is to swipe up from the bottom of a conversation. An indication “Press and hold to activate fleeting modewill appear with a circular gauge that fills up in a top second. The interface will then automatically lead you to a conversation with the famous mode.

Another more classic way, but also longer, allows you to enjoy it. To do this, just follow these steps:

  • Click on the “ℹ” icon located at the top right of the conversation to access the settings;
  • Click on the “Ephemeral Mode” tab;
  • Activate it with a single click;
  • Press the “back” arrows to return to the conversation, which is then displayed in ephemeral mode.

When you activate the ephemeral mode and send a message to a friend, this one receives it instantly in a dedicated conversation window. If he sees your message, it will automatically disappear if you leave and return to the discussion.

To deactivate the mode, a button “Disable Ephemeral Modeis highlighted on the top of the interface. Clicking on it then takes you back to your original conversation. Note that this feature is not available in group conversations, and that a written indication notifies you when a screenshot has been taken. Let us add that to benefit from it with a contact, this one must have an up-to-date version of Messenger.


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