How to Send Disappearing Photo/Video On Instagram

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Written By Larious

Larious is the Executive Editor of LowkeyTech. He is a tech enthusiast and a content writer. 





Last Updated on April 3, 2023 by Larious

As of now, there are hundreds of photo-sharing apps out there; however, out of all, Instagram seems to be the best one. Instagram is a free photo & video sharing app owned by Facebook.

As of now, the site has over 1 billion active monthly users. Besides photo and video sharing, Instagram offers unique features like IGTV, Stories, Reels, and more.

In 2020, Instagram introduced a new feature that lets you send disappearing photos and videos to group or individual chats. Disappearing photos and videos are much like Disappearing messages seen on WhatsApp and many other instant messaging apps.

So, Instagram lets you send disappearing photos or videos. After someone opens the disappearing photo or video you’ve sent, the message is no longer visible in their inbox unless you’ve permitted them to replay it.

Send Disappearing Photo/Video on Instagram

So, in this article, we will share a step-by-step guide on how to send a disappearing photo or video to someone on Instagram. Let’s check out.

Note: You can’t send Disappearing photos & videos via Instagram web. You need to use the mobile app to use this feature.

1. First of all, open the Instagram app on your smartphone. Here we have taken Android as an example.

2. Next, click on the Message icon located in the top-right of the screen.

3. Now tap on the Camera icon placed behind the contact name.

Camera icon

4. Now select the photo that you want to send. Then, select the View Once option at the bottom of the screen, as shown below.

5. Once done, tap on the Send button, as shown below.

Send button


6. If you want to allow others to replay the photo/videos, select the Allow Replay option and tap the Send button.

Allow Replay

7. The disappearing photo/video will appear on the chatbox.

disappearing photo/video

That’s it! You are done. Now whenever the other person opens the photo, it will be immediately removed from the chat.

Use the Vanish Mode on Instagram

Instagram has a feature called Vanish Mode. Vanish mode lets you send disappearing messages without repeating the steps we have shared on the first method.

You just need to activate the Vanish mode and send photos or videos. All photos & videos you’ve sent will disappear once you exit the vanish mode. Here’s how to use it.

1. First, open the Instagram app and click on the Messenger icon at the top-right corner.

tap on the Messenger icon

2. Select the conversation where you want to enable the vanish mode. Then, swipe up from the bottom to activate Vanish Mode.

swipe up from the bottom

3. Once the Vanish Mode is activated, you can send images, videos, messages, GIFs, etc. All seen messages will disappear when you close the chat.

Vanish Mode

4. To exit the vanish mode, swipe up again from the bottom of the screen.

swipe up again from the bottom

That’s it! This is another best way to send disappearing photos and videos on Instagram.

So, this guide is about sending disappearing photos/videos on Instagram. I hope this article helped you! Please share it with your friends also. If you have any doubts about this, let us know in the comment box below.


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