Telegram recently. released an update This brings the ability to automatically delete messages in personal chats, group chats and channels. While the messaging app has long offered a self-destruct timer in secret chats, the new update brings a similar implementation of the feature to regular chats. Today we will take a closer look at how you can use the feature on your device.
Auto-Deleting Messages in Telegram
With the newly added auto-delete feature, there is a significant difference in how secret chats work. Unlike secret chats, Telegram’s auto-delete timer starts when you send the message, not when the recipient reads it. Therefore, it is possible for the message to expire before the receiver can read it. There are two timer durations to choose from – 24 hours and 7 days.
Auto-Deleting Messages in Telegram Personal Chats
1. Open a Telegram chat, tap the vertical three-dot menu in the upper right corner and Select ‘Clear history’. Just below the ‘Clear history’ popup, you will now see a new ‘Auto delete messages in this chat’ option.
2. Select your preferred auto-delete period – 24 hours or 7 days and Tap the ‘Enable Auto-Delete’ button. When enabled, new messages will self-destruct after a predefined time. You can tap a message to see its countdown to deletion time.
Auto-Deleting Messages in Telegram Group Chats
The option to set auto-delete in group chats is limited to group admins. If you are a group member, you must ask the group administrator to set up the group for the group.
1. If you are the group administrator, Open Telegram group chat and tap ‘Clear history’.‘ From here, set auto delete time It’s under the ‘Auto-delete messages in this chat’ section. Much like personal chats, the available times are 24 hours and 7 days.
2. New messages sent in the group will expire automatically. especially, group members cannot see countdown timers. You must be an admin to see the expiration time for everyone’s messages.
Use Self-Destruct Messages Feature in Telegram
So, this is how you can automatically delete messages in Telegram. As mentioned earlier, remember that the timer starts as soon as you send the message to avoid confusion. If you want to use disappearing messages on other messaging platforms, check out our article on sending disappearing messages on WhatsApp, Signal and Instagram. You can also find useful tips in our articles on the best Telegram tips and tricks, sending anonymous messages and hiding profile picture on Telegram.