There has been at least one time when we ended up embarrassing ourselves in the chat and wanted to delete the texts that we sent. Or just wipe them off the face of the earth and act like they never existed!

Messenger Vanish Mode

And not just that, but there are often times when you send the right message to the wrong person (let’s leave the rest as history). 

Sending Wrong Text Meme

This brings us to our today’s agenda – “what’s the Vanish Mode on Messenger?” 

Well, you can say it is the solution to the exact situations that I shared a minute ago. Facebook decided to come to the rescue of its users by launching a new feature known as “Vanish Mode” on Messenger. 

On their Messenger News Website, they say “Sometimes a message is just spontaneous – something you want to say at the moment without worrying about it sticking around ” and we can’t agree more!

With the help of Vanish Mode, the messages that the users send disappear after they are seen, and the chat has been closed. Let’s discuss more on how we can use it and how we can turn it on and off, as this is clearly not a feature to miss out on! 

Continue reading to learn the easy steps we have got in this article for you.

What is Vanish Mode on Messenger?

Before its launch in 2020, Meta-owned Facebook created a major hype for the release of Vanish Mode. Users were keen to use such a long-awaited feature finally being released, since everyone prefers living at the moment and not leaving a trace behind to be regretted later. Vanish mode allows users to send messages which disappear afterward from the normal chat, easily after the messages are seen and the sender or receiver has left the chat. It’s not like the messages are deleted from Messenger, but they simply disappear from the existing chat box where the feature is enabled.

However, you can’t use this cool feature if the person you’re chatting with doesn’t have the latest update, which includes the Vanish Mode. If the user doesn’t have the feature or latest update, then you will be prompted with a dialog box as shown in the picture below. 

Error message for Vanish Mode on Messenger.

When you enable the Vanish mode, the other person gets notified. If you want to know how you can use the Vanish mode and how you can recover deleted messages on messenger then we are going to discuss it in brief in our next paragraph.

How to Turn on Vanish Mode on Messenger?

If you are unfamiliar with how to use the Vanish mode in Messenger, then we have got an easy guide to follow. 

Note: The steps given below are applicable for both Android and iOS users. Vanish mode can be turned on by using the same steps in either of the devices.

  • Open Messenger.
Open Messenger app.
  • Select the chat you want to use Vanish Mode in.
Open the chat you want to use Vanish mode in.
  • Swipe up from the bottom of the chat to turn on the Vanish Mode.
Swipe up to turn on Vanish mode.

Note: If you are an iPhone user, you have to swipe up from above the message bar and not the very bottom, since doing so will bring up the control center section instead.

Now that you know how to use the Vanish Mode feature on Messenger, and you also want to know how to disable or turn it off, then move on to the next paragraph.

How to Turn off Vanish Mode on Messenger?

If you are done using the Vanish Mode on Messenger and now want to turn it off manually by yourself, then you can do so by following the steps provided below:

  • Open Messenger.
Tap on Messenger.
  • Select the chat you used Vanish Mode in.
Turn on vanish mode.
  • Tap on “Turn off Vanish Mode”.
Hold on “turn off vanish mode”

If you are unable to use Vanish Mode and facing issues, then you can continue reading and find the steps for it in our next topic.

Steps to Take if Messenger Vanish Mode isn’t Working

If you are unable to use the Vanish Mode feature in Messenger, then there is a possibility of the feature not being available in your country/region yet. However, if it has already launched, then the issue will be easy to fix! The following are the steps that you can follow to get rid of this issue and use the feature with ease. Because not every chat is meant to stay forever!

Update Messenger

It is possible that you don’t have the latest version of Messenger available yet. Hence, it can be a reason why you can’t use the Vanish Mode that comes with it. You can update Messenger easily using the following steps:

  • Go to the App Store.
Open App Store.
  • Tap on your profile icon given on the right side of the screen.
Tap on the Profile icon.
  • Scroll down and look for Messenger. Tap on Update if it is available.

Now you can restart the app and see if the new version works with vanish mode and whether the issue has been resolved.

Reinstall Messenger

If you want to use the vanish mode to save yourself from the embarrassment of things you might regret in the future, then you can try reinstalling the app. This way, the application’s errors will be cleared, and you will have a refreshing experience.

Reinstall Messenger
  • Go to Settings and open General.
  • Select iPhone Storage and tap on Messenger.
  • Click on the Offload app.
  • Now, go to the Home Screen of your phone and tap on Messenger
  • After the app gets installed, you can launch the app again.


Q1. Does disappearing messages and vanish mode mean the same thing in Messenger?

Vanish Mode is a feature provided by Facebook which is used in Messenger to disappear the messages after the conversation has been called off. “Disappearing messages” is a feature of WhatsApp, which is slightly different from the Vanish mode.

Q2. How can I log in to Facebook Messenger easily?

You can log in to Facebook Messenger by the following steps:

  • Open Facebook Messenger app.
  • Enter your username and password.
  • Then tap on login.