What is Vanish Mode on Instagram? Here's what you need to know about the platform's disappearing messages feature
- Vanish Mode on
- To enable Vanish Mode, swipe up from the bottom of a chat window.
- Either party can end Vanish Mode by tapping "Turn Off Vanish Mode."
Not all messages are meant to live forever, or at least that's the idea behind Instagram's Vanish Mode, which lets you send temporary, self-destructing messages in a special chat mode.
It's like Snapchat's self-erasing messages, and only takes effect when you manually turn it on; otherwise, your messages are as permanent as ever.
Vanish Mode is a relatively new feature that debuted for Instagram users in late 2020.
How to use Vanish Mode on Instagram
Vanish Mode is easy to turn on and off - here's how.
1. Open the
2. Open an existing chat or use the "New Message" button at the top right to create a new chat.
3. To start Vanish Mode, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and release.
4. The screen will turn black and a bunch of "Shush" emojis will fall from the top of the screen to indicate you're in Vanish Mode. Send your messages as usual. The recipient's chat window will also be black, with a message on screen indicating that it's in Vanish Mode.
5. When you want to end Vanish Mode and go back to
There are a couple things to keep in mind about Vanish Mode:
- This mode only works for one-on-one messages. Vanish Mode does not work for chats with more than two people.
- If someone takes a screenshot in Vanish Mode, the other person is notified immediately.
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