What is Vanish Mode on Instagram?

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Instagram has a brand new Vanish Mode feature that allows users to send self-destructing messages to each other via DMs, but how can you switch it on manually?

Many people are a fan of the disappearing feature that apps like Snapchat are well known for, which makes your messages vanish once they’ve been read.

But some might not know that a similar feature is available on Instagram. It’s called “Vanish Mode” and has to be manually activated when you are messaging someone, making any message that you send in this mode, temporary.

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It’s worth noting that this feature is only available in selected countries, so if you are unable to access it, it may be that you are not residing in these countries. It’s only available for one-on-one conversations, meaning you won’t be able to use Vanish Mode in group chats.

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How to turn on Vanish Mode on Instagram

Fortunately, Vanish Mode is not a difficult feature to get to grips with, and turning it on is simple if it’s available in your country.

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Note: In order to use this feature, you will first need to connect Facebook Messenger with Instagram, which you can do by clicking the ‘Update Messaging’ button in your settings.

  1. Launch Instagram.
  2. Go to the DM tab by clicking the arrow in the top right corner.
  3. Click on the chat with the person you want to use vanish mode with.
  4. To begin using Vanish Mode, swipe up from the bottom of your screen, and then release.
  5. The screen should turn black, indicating that you’re in Vanish Mode. From here, you can send messages as you normally would to the recipient.
  6. To exit, tap “Turn off Vanish Mode.” After you close the window, your messages will be permanently deleted.

Although it’s not available to everyone, so far it has proven to be a useful feature for many Instagram users who want an extra layer of privacy.

If you want to know more about how to use Instagram, you can check out our other guides here:

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