How To Send Self-Destructing Messages in Telegram, WhatsApp, Viber, and Facebook Messenger

Most of the time if wouldn’t matter to you if the recipient deletes your messages or not. It’s nothing top secret, so if he/she were to show it to someone, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. But sometimes there are things you want to say or show that you just can’t risk having permanently on their phone.

Sure, you could tell them to erase it once they’ve seen it, but how can you be sure that they delete the content? Unless you make that message or image self-destruct, you’re always going to be left with doubt. Here are some ways you can send self-destruct messages in the various popular messaging apps.

Open Facebook Messenger to its main page, and on the top right tap on the profile icon. Scroll down to secret conversations, and toggle it “On.” This is only if you haven’t enabled it before, but it’s always a good idea to check.

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Once it’s enabled, open a new message and toggle on the gray lock in the upper-right corner. When Messenger turns black, choose who you want to send the message to. You should see your secret conversation page appear.

Tap on the clock icon and choose how long you want the message to last, and tap on the letter icon. Write your message as usual and send.

The steps for Telegram are similar since you also have to open a new message and choose the “Secret Conversation” option. You won’t be able to send the self-destructing message until the other person is online as well.

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Once the other user is online, tap on the three vertical dots on the top right and choose “Set self-destruction Timer.” Choose how long you want the message to last and tap on Done. When you’re done, you will see a message in the chat letting you know the time you set.

Open Viber and choose the contact you want to send the self-destructing message to. Tap on the three vertical dots on the top-right and select “Open secret chat.” Viber will turn black just like Messenger did.

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Right beside where you would type your message, you’ll see a timer icon. Tap on it and choose how long you want your messages to last. Your option will be saved automatically, and once you return to your chat, you’ll see a message letting you know how long your messages will last.

I bet you weren’t expecting the Twitter option. WhatsApp and Twitter don’t have an integrated feature to send messages that self-destruct. To be able to send them on these popular apps you’re going to need an app called Kaboom.

It’s free to download from Google Play, and it’s very easy to use. When you first open the app, it’s going to launch your device’s camera. This is just in case what you want to send is a picture. To send a picture from your device’s gallery, tap on the image icon on the bottom left.

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On the bottom-right, you’ll see a pencil icon to send the message. Tap on it and type your message. Right above your keyboard, you’re going to see a clock icon. Tap on it and choose how long you want your message to last. You can choose between seconds, minutes, hours and views.

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When you’re done, tap on the “Send” icon on the top right and choose what app you want to use to share your message. For example, let’s say you choose WhatsApp. The receiver won’t get the direct message but will get a link to Kaboom’s online site that holds the message or image you sent.

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When the person goes to the site, they will see what you sent alongside a clock letting them know how long the message is going to last.

You know what they say, a diamond is forever, but sometimes your messages aren’t meant to be. Even though the app you use doesn’t have the self-destruct feature, that doesn’t mean that you can’t use other methods to get the job done. How do you send self-destructing messages? Let us know in the comments below.

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