Hey, DM-ers, let us let you in on one of Instagram's little secrets, shall we? It's called Vanish Mode, and it allows you to send direct messages that vanish once you exit the chat (aka there's no evidence your message ever existed). The mode — which is similar to Snapchat — can be found in the "info" button in the top right-hand corner of an Instagram DM. Simply slide it on, and watch your screen go from white to black. Once you're in Vanish Mode, both parties will be notified, and unlike Snapchat, either party can end Vanish Mode at any point by swiping up (so make sure you and your DM friend are on the same secret page). If you're interested in trying out Vanish Mode for yourself (for reasons we won't ask), learn how to do it here.
How to Turn On Vanish Mode on Instagram
- Tap the Chat icon in the top right-hand corner of the Instagram app.
- Open an existing chat, or tap the message button in the top right-hand corner to create a new message.
- Turn on Vanish Mode by either A. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen or B. Hitting Info in the top right-hand corner.
How to Turn Off Vanish Mode on Instagram
To end Vanish Mode in a chat, simply swipe up or hit the Info button in the top right-hand corner to switch Vanish Mode to off.
Does Vanish Mode Work in Group Chats?
No, Vanish Mode only works in DMs with one other person at this time.
Can You See Screenshots in Vanish Mode?
Yes, if someone screenshots the chat, the other person is notified.