facebook messenger sel-destructing messages

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Have you being able to send self-destructing messages on Facebook Messenger yet? Or maybe you never know the feature existed on the Messenger platform? This post would show you how to do it if you already have the feature on your Messenger app.

facebook messenger sel-destructing messages
Facebook Messenger app secret messages

And for those who are just aware of it, the feature was announced back in May as a beta version for certain devices. Apparently, Facebook have now resolved all the chinks and bugs during the testing phase. The feature is now live for some devices.

If you can’t find it on your device, don’t panic. It would soon come to you. But you need to update to the latest version of Messenger app to be quite sure you don’t have it yet.

Known as Secret Messages, this feature requires both the sender and receiver of messages to have updated Messenger before it can work to everybody’s satisfaction.

For instance, assuming you have the updated Messenger on your smartphone, chatting with a friend when this feature is enabled would be a waste of time if you friend has the old Messenger app. Simply put, your friend would not see your messages.

And don’t be afraid that updating your Messenger would mean having to learn how to send messages on a different user interface. Actually, the user interface is still the same. So you can still send your emojis, photos or play games if you wished to.

The only one thing you’d need to learn is how to send secret messages that can self-destruct after a while. The time it would take to self destruct depends on how long you want it to remain visible.

facebook messenger sel-destructing messages
Facebook Messenger secret messages interface

When you open the Messenger app, the first place to go is the top right hand corner of the screen where the new message icon is situated. Tap it to open the ‘New Message’ window.

In this new window, tap the ‘Secret Message’ icon at the top right corner. Since this is the first time you’d be using this feature, a pop up notification would come up to inform you that you are about to send an encrypted message.

Don’t be alarmed. End-to-end encryption is what Messenger Secret Messages are all about.

Just tap ‘okay’ to continue.

Chose the contact you want to chat with with your new secret messages.

Remember, if the contact doesn’t have the feature enabled, they would not be able to see the message. So it is best you check from the contact if they have the latest version of Messenger installed before continuing at this point.

facebook messenger sel-destructing messages
Setting self-destruct timer in Facebook Messenger

Now that is out of the way, go ahead and type your message. This message is only encrypted. It is not yet set to self-destruct automatically.

To set the message self-destruct after a certain time, tap the timer icon near the thumps up emoji button.

Next, the app would prompt you to chose how long you want to message to remain visible before self-destructing. You have the option of choosing from between ten seconds right up to 24 hours.

Note that when you enabled the self-destruct feature, all the chats or messages from that session would be destroyed. So nobody, including you or you friend would ever see that message again. So you have to be careful how you use this feature.

The good thing is you can disable this function anytime you chose to. So it is not something that is permanent.

facebook messenger sel-destructing messages
Message notification for secret messages in Facebook Messenger

Notifications or alerts from secret messages appear on your phone’s notification bar without a name on them.  The notification would simply informed you that you now have a message.

Also, secret self-destruct messages appear on the home icon in the Messenger app, effectively separated from all other regular messages.


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