How do I send messages in vanish mode on Instagram?

This feature may be unavailable for countries located in Europe.

Note: To use vanish mode, you must update to Messenger features on Instagram.

Vanish mode lets people send each other disappearing messages, photos, videos and other content in a chat. Content sent in vanish mode disappears when someone leaves the chat or turns vanish mode off.

To turn vanish mode on or off:

Instagram app for Android and iPhone:
  1. From your chat, swipe up to turn on vanish mode.
  2. Tap Turn Off Vanish Mode at the top or swipe up to turn it off.

You’ll get a notification on Instagram if someone sends you a message in vanish mode. Tap on the notification to enter a chat with them in vanish mode. You’ll also be notified if they send you a new message outside of vanish mode.

Keep in mind that:

  • You won't be able to copy, save or forward disappearing messages.
  • Accounts you haven’t connected with before can’t send you message requests in vanish mode.
  • You can only use vanish mode in a chat with another Instagram account. You won’t be able to use it in a group chat or in a chat with a Messenger account.

Only use vanish mode with people you trust. For example, it's possible for someone to:

  • Take a screenshot or screen recording of a message in vanish mode before it disappears. You’ll receive a notification if this happens.
  • Take a photo of a disappearing message with a camera or other device before it disappears.

Learn more about reporting messages in vanish mode.

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