How to send disappearing messages in Telegram

Hey, Bro! The disappearing messages feature is currently available in some messengers and applications (for example, WhatsApp). Telegram also allows you to write disappearing messages, and there are 2 important features you need to know:

  1. You can send disappearing photos and videos to any person in Telegram;
  2. In a secret chat you can set the self-destruct timer for all messages. This means that all received and sent messages will disappear within the time you set on the timer.

So, we have prepared a simple guide on how to send disappearing messages in Telegram!

How do I send a disappearing photo or video in Telegram

First of all I will show you how to send disappearing photo or video in Telegram on Android. You just need to:

  • Open chat;
  • Tap o the paperclip icon and choose the photo or video you want so send;
  • Then tap on the timer icon under the ‘Add a caption’ field;
  • Set the self-destruct timer and tap ‘Done’;
How to send self-destruct (disappearing) messages in Telegram on Android and iPhone
  • Send photo (or video).

If you receive a disappearing message, it will be marked with a flame icon.

You can open a photo or video, after which it will be permanently deleted within the time set on the timer by the sender.

How to send self-destruct photo in Telegram on iPhone

Well, now let’s see how to send self-destruct photos and videos in Telegram on iPhone. To do this just do a few simple steps:

  • Open chat;
  • Choose a photo or video to send;
  • Tap and hold on the blue arrow in the bottom right corner of the screen. Then select ‘set timer’ in the menu that opens;
  • Set the self-destruct timer and send message.

Now you know how to send disappearing photos and videos in Telegram on iPhone (iOS devices).

How to set self-destruct timer in Telegram secret chat

Bro, you can also turn on self-destruct timer in a Telegram secret chat. All messages (and all media) in this chat will disappear within the time period set on the timer. You can set the timer on a secret in a few easy steps:

  • Open secret chat;
  • Tap on the three-dot icon in the upper right corner of the screen and select ‘Set self-destruct timer’;
  • Set the time limits.

After this all received and sent messages will be self-destructed until you (or your interlocutor) disable this feature.

To enable self-destruct timer in Telegram secret chat on iPhone just do this:

  • Open chat;
  • And tap on the timer icon in the text input field;
  • Set the time limits.

Now you know how to turn on / off self-destruct timer in Telegram secret chats.

How to save self destructive photos in Telegram

Hey, Bro! This question is asked by many subscribers – is there a way to save disappearing messages (photos and videos) in Telegram. Well, there is no way to save self destructive messages in Telegram other than to take a screenshot. But there are some aspects:

  • Android doesn’t allow you to take screenshots (or screen recording) of self-destruct photos and videos in Telegram. Android users also cannot take screenshots in Telegram secret chats (and screen recording will record a black screen).
  • iPhone users can take screenshots of self-destruct messages, but Telegram will notify you and another user about it.

Of course, you can take a photo of the screen by another smartphone or use third party apps but I don’s reccomend to do this. The purpose of secret chats and self-destructing messages is precisely to be able to send temporary messages, which then disappear.

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