Soon after launching disappearing messages in Whatsapp, Facebook announced Vanish Mode, Snapchat-like disappearing messaging feature for remaining two of its Social Media apps Messenger and Instagram. The feature is pretty similar to Snapchat, When enabled, it allows users to set chats to automatically delete after the message is seen and the chat is closed.
With this feature, you can send texts, photos, emojis, voice messages, stickers and GIFs which will disappear immediately after the message is seen and the chat window is closed.
Plus you will be alerted if someone takes a screenshot while vanish mode is on. But unlike Snapchat disappearing messages, vanish mode is optional, you can always switch to normal chat whenever you want.
Facebook says Vanish Mode is starting to roll out in the US and other countries starting today. But Instagram will get Vanish Mode on a later date despite Messenger and Instagram chat have already got merged.
Since this feature is optional, the user has to agree to enter vanish mode once another user in the chat or group has enabled it. The screen goes dark, once you enable Vanish Mode. To exit Vanish Mode, you tap on the “Turn Off Vanish Mode” button at the top of the screen.