How to save space using disappearing messages on WhatsApp

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This post shows how to save space using disappearing Messages on WhatsApp.

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WhatsApp is among the most widely used apps in the world and the most popular messaging app in over 100 countries — businessofapps. 

There are some phones that come with space that is not enough to accommodate all the files the phone contains. What some people usually do in such cases is clear the cache of most of the apps, move some files to the SD card, delete some files, etc.

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The problem with that is that the storage becomes full recurrently. And you get to do what you did to free up that space all over again. You could choose to ignore that problem of memory full altogether but know that some apps usually suffer the effects. For example, WhatsApp will stop working well when the memory is full.

Some people’s WhatsApp takes up a lot of space. You can check your settings to see how much space it is occupying. But just because it takes up a lot of space does not mean you should uninstall it. You could just turn on disappearing messages in WhatsApp.

What are WhatsApp disappearing messages?

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WhatsApp’s disappearing messages is an optional feature you can turn on for more privacy.
Once you enable disappearing messages, you can set messages to disappear 24 hours, 7 days, or 90 days after the time they are sent. The latest selection only controls new messages in the chat.

You could decide to turn disappearing messages on for all of your chats or select specific chats. Doing this will not affect messages you previously sent or received in the chat. In individual chats, either user can turn disappearing messages on or off. In group chats, any group participants can turn disappearing messages on or off.

Nonetheless, a group admin can change group settings to allow only admins to turn disappearing messages on or off.

How to turn on disappearing messages in WhatsApp

This method works for both Android and iOS devices.

Go to WhatsApp Settings > tap Account > Privacy > Default message timer and select a duration.

Now, whenever you receive files or messages that take up a lot of space, they will be deleted in the time you specify. This saves your device space.


Not only do disappearing messages save space, but you could also have chats that contain sensitive information, using disappearing messages can help erase that data.

Now you can start using disappearing messages.