Back in September, Facebook announced vanish mode as Facebook Messenger’s major upcoming redesign, and now, as per reports, the company is rolling out the feature on not only Messenger but also on Instagram. As the name suggests, vanish mode is an ephemeral messaging mode that lets users send disappearing messages. These messages never get saved in the chat history. The messages disappear once the recipient has seen them and leaves the chat thread.
This feature is more like a Snapchat clone than anything else. However, in Snapchat the default experience is ephemeral but in this case, Facebook is pitching the vanish mode as an opt-in feature. In some way or another, users get more control over the context of the conversation with this mode.
Vanish mode is easy to use. Switching to vanish mode is literally just a swipe away. All you have to do is swipe up from a private chat on Messenger or Instagram. Similarly, you can simply swipe up again to go back to the regular chat mode.
Note that when you are chatting in vanish mode, you don’t miss out on any features that the regular chat mode offers. This means, even in this mode, you will be able to send text messages, images, GIFs, stickers, and reactions.
It seems Facebook is really concerned about the privacy of its users so they are aiming to improve privacy with vanish mode. Note that vanish mode will notify the other person if you take a screenshot of chats. Apart from this, users will also be able to report a conversation if they feel unsafe.
Facebook is now ‘slowly’ rolling out vanish mode on Messenger and Instagram. Users can try out the feature by updating the app from Google Play Store or App Store. Note that Instagram users will have to switch to the new Messenger experience to access the feature.