Instagram and Facebook Messenger are now introducing the Vanish Mode for its millions of users.
Disappearing messages were once a Snapchat signature, although now versions of this exist across platforms including WhatsApp and Telegram.
Instagram has also brought changes to its homepage.
Facebook had announced Vanish Mode back in September. It’s now coming to Messenger and Instagram and will let users send messages on DMs without it staying in the chat history.
You can swipe up on the existing chat thread to turn on this feature. A simple second swipe up can bring you back to regular chat mode. Facebook noted that only people you’re connected with can use vanish mode in a chat.
It also doesn’t seem to apply to group chats, and will only work in private, one-on-one chats. Instagram already has a feature which allows users to send photos and videos that disappear once they have been viewed and the addition of Vanish mode for texts makes its messaging functionality even more similar to Snapchat.
The new ephemeral messaging feature on Instagram and Messenger differs from WhatsApp’s recently introduced ‘Disappearing Messages’ feature.
While those messages can be screenshotted, and are readable for seven days, Vanish Mode chats will disappear after they have been viewed by the receiver, the sender will get a notification if someone takes a screenshot of the chat before it vanishes.