How to have Instagram messages that are self-destructive

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It was ending 2020 when Facebook launched self-destructive messages for Messenger and Instagram. Thus, users received one of the most innovative features, as it gave a touch of privacy to conversations automatically deleting direct messages once viewed or when exiting the chat.

After its launch, we were able to use this tool in the official app for a while. Yes, we speak in the past tense because self-destructing messages DON'T are more available on Instagram a because of the “new rules for messaging platforms in Europe”. However, there is still an option to make Instagram messages self-destruct, let's explain what it is.

So you can use Instagram messages that self-destruct.

How to use self-destructing Instagram messages

We can count on the fingers of our hands the months in which the temporary messages have been available in the main Instagram application.

To adapt to the new European Union regulations for messaging platforms, the platform has indefinitely removed this tool. If you try to use it in the app, you will receive a warning explaining that you can no longer send these types of messages due to these new rules in effect.

However, we must tell you that there is a possibility of using self-destructing Instagram messages. As reported by WABetaInfo, the application Threads from Instagram still has this functionality. In this case, the temporary messages can only be Photo and video, not text. By the way, don't worry when using this app, it's official too.

Once you download the application, you need to follow these steps to post self-destructing photos and videos on Instagram:

  1. Open discussions from Instagram on your mobile.
  2. Enter the conversation where you want to send a temporary private message.
  3. Click camera icon on the left side of the text bar.
  4. Take the photo or video you want to send for later automatic deletion.
  5. Tap the disappearing message button, represented by a circular arrow with a 1 inside it.
  6. Send the image.

Click on the button with the circular arrow to activate the function. Source: WABetaInfo

When the recipient opens the conversation and sees the image you sent them, it will disappear automatically. At the moment, this is the only option available to use temporary Instagram messages after the changes applied by the Facebook social platform.

European regulations also seriously question the continuity of self-destructing messages on WhatsApp, as it is foreseeable that the service will have to take steps similar to those of Instagram to comply with the legislation. In short, it seems like temporary messages DON'T are here to stay.

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