How to send Disappearing Messages in WhatsApp

Whatsapp is quite a feature-rich messaging app. It offers end-to-end encryption which few mainstream messaging apps do, and it allows users to forward messages, make audio and video calls, send files, and send voice messages, among other many impressive things.

Whatsapp even has business accounts and because it is so popular all over the world, you will find many companies integrate a Whatsapp business account into their on-site customer support.

Disappearing Messages in WhatsApp

If you use Whatsapp a lot, chances are you have quite a few active threads with hundreds, if not thousands of messages. The messages and media sent over a single conversation thread or over all threads can be cleared easily enough but it has to be done manually.

If you’re not interested in hanging on to messages in a particular thread, you can enable disappearing messages to delete them automatically.

Enable disappearing messages in Whatsapp

Disappearing messages is a somewhat new feature. It is available on both iOS and Android. Make sure you’re running the latest version of the app.

  1. Open Whatsapp on your phone.
  2. Select the conversation thread that you want to enable disappearing messages for.
  3. Tap the contact’s name at the top.
  4. Select Disappearing messages.
  5. Select the ‘On’ option.
  6. Disappearing messages will be enabled.


  • Disappearing messages cannot be enabled for a group chat. It is exclusive to one-on-one conversation threads.
  • When you enable disappearing messages for a conversation, the other person is informed that it has been enabled. They know the messages sent over the thread will be gone.
  • The messages disappear after 7 days. Disappearing messages are NOT the same as archived messages. Once a message disappears, you won’t be able to get it back
  • 7 days is plenty of time for anyone to take a screenshot of a message so while a message may be gone, proof that it was sent may still exist. 
  • A message sent over a thread with disappearing messages enabled can be forwarded. The original message will disappear but the forwarded message will not.
  • Any media that has been saved from a message cannot be purged from the device. As long as media hasn’t been saved, it will be removed but Whatsapp cannot delete a video, audio, file, or image that has been saved to a phone’s storage.
  • Messages sent before disappearing messages is enabled will not be removed. The feature works only on messages that have been sent after it has been enabled.


Disappearing messages in Whatsapp are a good way to keep the app from bloating with messages. If you’re not in the habit of cleaning the app regularly, this is a good way to automate it. Of course, you will have to enable the feature for chats one-by-one. It’s a shame that it doesn’t work for group chats since that’s where files and messages tend to build up the most.

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How to set custom wallpapers for chat in Whatsapp

Whatsapp is an exceptionally popular messaging app. In some countries, it is the go-to messaging app for a large chunk of the population and many carriers offer specialized data plans that cater to its use.

Whatsapp normally is used for both work and for personal messaging and calls. Unfortunately, you cannot run more than one Whatsapp account on a phone since it is linked to a phone number. Having a dual SIM phone doesn’t help the situation since the feature to add two accounts isn’t there in the app.

To keep work and personal messaging threads separate, you can use wallpapers as visual indicators that will give away what sort of chat thread you’ve selected if you happen to miss the name.

Custom wallpapers for Whatsapp chat 

Whatsapp has always allowed users to change the chat background i.e. chat wallpaper but the change applies uniformly i.e., everyone used to get the same wallpaper. Not anymore though. 

Whatsapp now allows users to set a custom wallpaper for each chat thread. This feature has rolled out to all users via the last app update and it is available on both iOS and Android versions.

Change Whatsapp chat wallpaper

To change the chat wallpaper for a particular chat thread on Whatsapp, follow these steps.

  1. Open Whatsapp.
  2. Select the chat thread you want to change the wallpaper for.
  3. Tap the contact or group name at the top to go to the chat thread’s settings.
  4. Tap Wallpaper & Sound.
  5. Tap Choose a New Wallpaper.
  6. Select an image from your device’s storage.
  7. Use the slider below the preview to make it brighter or darker.
  8. The wallpaper will be set. 

Change default wallpaper for chat

If you’d like to change the default wallpaper for all chats on Whatsapp, you can still do that. You do not have to change the wallpaper one chat thread at a time.

  1. Open Whatsapp.
  2. Go to the Settings tab.
  3. Tap Chats.
  4. Tap Chat Wallpaper>Choose dark/light mode Wallpaper.
  5. Select a wallpaper and it will be applied to all chats except the ones that have a custom wallpaper set.


Whatsapp allows users to set a different wallpaper for the dark and the light theme. You will have to change the theme on your device and then access the default wallpaper settings to set a wallpaper for that theme. If your device is running an OS version that doesn’t have light and dark themes, Whatsapp will appear only in the light/default theme and there is only one default wallpaper for you to set.

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How to automatically change the wallpaper for dark/light mode on iOS

iOS has a dark and a light mode. The dark mode on iOS is pretty great but a lot of apps need to add support for it. With iOS, Apple has been smart and it’s taken ideas from what users have done with the light/dark mode that was implemented on macOS one year earlier.

On macOS, users have created scripts or used apps for automatically changing the wallpaper based on their theme. On iOS, you can do this out of the box, with limitations.

Wallpaper for dark/light mode on iOS

This will work for both iOS and for iPadOS, both of which have a light and dark mode.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Wallpaper
  3. Select the ‘Stills’ option or the ‘Live’ option. No other option will do.
  4. Select a wallpaper with the light/dark globe icon.
  5. Select what you want to set the wallpaper for; home screen, lock screen, or both.
  6. The wallpaper will change based on the theme that is in use.


There is one huge limitation with this is that only Apple’s specific wallpapers can be used. As of yet, users cannot save third-party wallpapers that will change based on the theme that is applied.

At present, users have six Live wallpapers, and twenty-one still images to choose from. They do provide a reasonable color range from dark grey/blue to bright orange/red. There are also a few photos that you can choose.

It’s not clear if Apple is going allow users to create their own images. The philosophy of the Apple wallpapers is basically to change the hue of a wallpaper to lighter or darker tones but users may be fine with having two completely different wallpapers for the light and the dark them as long as the wallpaper doesn’t blind at night or dim everything too much in the day. 

If you find wallpapers that claim they can change with the theme of iOS, you should be somewhat skeptical. Always go for a try-before-you-buy option in this case.


Apple has retained control over which wallpapers can change automatically. It has limited the feature terribly. The only way to work around it is to maybe jailbreak a device but wallpapers aren’t really worth jailbreaking a device over. 

The wallpaper will change when you manually change the theme of your device and it will also change if you’ve set the theme to change automatically based on time of day.

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How to open multiple Chrome windows on iPad

The iPad, ever since it transitioned away from iOS and began running iPadOS has moved towards supporting better multitasking on the device. If you look at how the device behaved in its early years and compare it to its present features, it’s obvious that the device’s features have been built around how users use it.

Among the many multitasking features that were added in iPadOS, there is a feature to pin two apps side-by-side. A third app can be used via Slide Over. iPadOS has removed many restrictions that apps were subject to in older versions of iOS.

Multiple Chrome windows on iPad

Chrome has only recently added multiple-window support for its iPad version. That means, in order to open multiple Chrome windows on the iPad, you must update the app to version 87.

Once you’ve updated Chrome, follow the steps below to open multiple Chrome windows.

  1. Open Chrome on your iPad.
  2. Tap the more options button at the top right.
  3. Tap New Window.
  4. The new window will open and it will be pinned next to the current one.
  5. Repeat for as many windows as you’d like to open.

Open links in new a new window

If you’re using Chrome and want to open a link in a new window, you can do so without going through the Chrome menu.

  1. Navigate to a webpage with a link.
  2. Press and hold on the link.
  3. From the menu, select Open in New Window.
  4. If you do not have another window, the link will open in a new window that will be pinned next to the current one.
  5. If you already have two Chrome windows open, the newly created window will open separately.

Close a Chrome window

Chrome windows don’t have a close button and unlike the desktop version of the app, closing all tabs in a Chrome window will not close the window itself.

To close a Chrome window, follow these steps.

  1. On your iPad, swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen and stop at the center.
  2. You will see the app switcher.
  3. The app switcher will show each Chrome window that is open.
  4. Flick away the window you want to close.

Note: if you have two Chrome windows pinned side by side, remove one window and then close it from the app switcher.

If your iPad model is one that has a home button, you can double-press it to view the app switcher. 

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How to disable precise location in iOS 14

Privacy is a huge focus on iOS 14. It hasn’t introduced any major features beyond widgets and the App Library but it has changed how most permissions are managed for apps.

One major area where iOS 14 has changed the information that an app has access to is the location setting. Lots of apps on iOS request access to your location; camera apps, social media app, navigation apps, traffic reporting apps, and more. Not all apps need the same level of accuracy when it comes to your location.

Precise location vs Approximate location

On iOS 14, an app can have access to your precise location or it can have access to your approximate location. The approximate location is not as accurate and it also doesn’t update as often as your precise location does. 

The Approximate location is accurate up to 10 square miles radius so it will be able to pin down which country, city, and neighborhood you’re in.

Disable precise location on iOS 14

Precise location is disabled on a per-app basis. You can change this setting for an app any time you want but changing it will not remove any data that the app has previously collected.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down the list of apps and select the app you want to remove precise location access for.
  3. Tap the Location option.
  4. Turn the Precise Location switch off.
  5. The app will now get your approximate location instead of your precise location.

Restricting app functionality

Disabling precise location of an app may restrict its functionality. Generally speaking, you need to give apps like Google Maps, Uber, Lyft, Waze, etc., access to your precise location. These apps, and other apps like it (think any type of delivery app that picks your address from your current location) will not be able to function unless the information it has is accurate.

Other apps that do not provide directions e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Chrome, weather apps, etc do not need access to your precise location. They can all make do with an approximate location.

For camera apps, you generally do not need to give them your precise location. They use the information and write it to the file’s metadata. The approximate location is as good as the precise location in this case.

Likewise, since the approximate location puts you within a 10 square mile radius of your actual/precise location, weather apps and the like can make do with it to give you a weather report. 

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