Why Do My Telegram Mes­sages Keep Disappearing

Parth Shah

Security and Privacy options make Telegram popular besides stickers and tons of other features. You can easily delete, auto-delete, and even add an extra layer of security with Secret Chats in Telegram. And that’s why you might see Telegram messages disappearing in the chat.

Why my telegram messages are disappearing

Telegram doesn’t take an easy route like WhatsApp, nor does it go down heavily on the security aspect like Signal. Instead, it strikes a fine balance between security and convenience and gives users all the tools to safeguard messages.

You might see Telegram messages vanishing from the chat. But, before you fix that, you need to know why and how your Telegram messages keep disappearing.

The Other Person Is Deleting Messages

On WhatsApp, you have a certain time window to delete messages from both sides. And even when you try to remove messages from both sides, the receiving person will indicate that the message is deleted.

There are no such limits on Telegram. You can go back to a two-month-old message and delete it for your convenience. Simply long-press on a message and tap on the delete icon. Delete for both users, and you are good to go.

Delete single message
Delete telegram message for other person as well

The troubling part is, you don’t see any trace that the message was deleted. It’s simply gets deleted without any indication.

The Other Person Has Deleted Entire Conversation

Telegram allows users to delete an entire conversation as well. If the other person uses this trick, then you won’t see any chat thread in the Telegram app.

On Android, long-press on a conversation and tap on the delete icon at the top. Enable 'Also delete for other person,' and tap on Delete Chat.

Delete telegram chat on android
Delete chat for other person as well

On iPhone, swipe left on a chat thread and tap on Delete. Select 'Delete for me and the other person.'

Delete telegram thread
Delete telegram chat on i Phone

Once again, you will have no idea when the other person has deleted the chat. It simply disappears from Telegram.

Clear History Automatically

This is one of the prime reasons why your Telegram messages are disappearing. Telegram offers an option to clear history automatically in the app. You can set a timer and remove chat from other the side after a certain time.

Here’s how to set it up so that you can understand the reason behind messages getting deleted.

Step 1: Open Telegram on your phone.

Step 2: Open any chat and tap on the three-dot menu at the top.

Click on more

Step 3: Select Clear History and it will open a bottom menu for more customization.

Step 4: Enable 'Also clear history for another person.'

Clear history
Auto delete messages

Step 5: Select auto-delete messages timeframe in the app.

You can set Telegram messages to get auto-deleted from 24 hours to 1 month. You can create the same setup from Telegram desktop apps as well. Here’s how.

Step 1: Launch Telegram on Mac or Windows.

Step 2: Click on any chat.

Step 3: Select the three-dot menu at the top and open Clear Chat History.

Clear chat history on telegram mac

Step 4: Select timeframe and click on the clear chat history button.

Clear chat history on telegram mac

Step 5: Enable the option to clear chat history for the other person as well.

Delete for other person

Now imagine a scenario where the other user has enabled a clear chat history for 24 hours or 1 week. In that case, you will see Telegram messages getting disappeared automatically in the app.

Using Telegram Secret Chat

Are you using secret chat in Telegram to communicate with others? In a Secret Chat, the messages self-destruct in a matter of seconds. It’s mostly useful for private or confidential information.

When you start talking with someone over a secret chat in Telegram, you have an option to set self-destruct timer. From that, you can set a timer of maybe 5 to 7 seconds, and all the messages will auto-delete after the set time.

Telegram secret chat
Telegram secret chat timer

You will see a small pop-up saying the time duration after which the message gets disappeared in the app.

Learn Telegram Privacy Functions

As mentioned earlier, there is no solution if the other person deletes the chat or messages in Telegram. If you come across an important message, take a scrolling screenshot of the entire conversion. Unfortunately, there is no way to export the entire chat in Telegram.


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Parth Shah

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Parth Shah

Parth previously worked at EOTO.tech covering tech news. He is currently freelancing at Guiding Tech writing about apps comparison, tutorials, software tips and tricks and diving deep into iOS, Android, macOS, and Windows platforms.