A guide to enabling or disabling “Chat backups” in the Signal app



The article provides instructions about turning “Chat backups” on or off in the Signal mobile app. This feature allows users to control whether their chat history is backed up locally. Backups are encrypted and stored on the user’s device or a cloud service. The post guides readers through the process of enabling or disabling it,…

This article explains how to turn “Chat backups” on or off in the Signal app on mobile devices.

Signal is a cross-platform popular messaging app. It allows users to send and receive encrypted messages, make voice and video calls, and share files from their devices, including computers.

When you install and set up the Signal Desktop app, you can choose to have it open automatically when you log in to your computer. The app also allows you to turn on or off call relay through Signals’ servers to avoid revealing your IP addressturn disappearing messages on or offturn incoming calls on or off, and more.

The Signal mobile version allows users to turn Read receipts on or offturn typing indicators on or offturn screen lock on or offturn Payment lock on or offturn notifications on or offturn media auto-download on or offturn Generate link previews on or off, turn registration lock on or off, and more, which aren’t available on the desktop version.

When you use the mobile version, you can turn on “Chat backups,” which are encrypted with a passcode and stored on or off your device.

Turning on or off “Chat backups” in the Signal mobile app allows you to control whether your chat history is backed up to the local device. Turning it on creates a backup of your chat history encrypted with a passcode and stored on your device or a cloud service.

This can be helpful if you want to restore your chat history when you get a new phone or reinstall the app. However, if you are concerned about privacy, you may want to turn this feature off to avoid storing your chat history on a third-party server.

Turn “Chat backups” on or off in Signal

As mentioned above, users can turn ‘Chat backups’ on or off in the Signal app on their mobile devices to back up their chat history.

Here’s how to do it.

First, screen your apps and open the Signal app on your mobile device.

Open Signal app on mobile device

When the app opens, click your profile image to display the Settings menu or select the Settings and more (three vertical dots) button on the top right of your screen, then select Settings on the context menu.

Signal app settings menu

Next, click the “Chats” tile on the Settings menu to open it.

On the Settings -> Chats settings page, under “Backups,” select the “Chat backups” tile.

Signal chat backups tile

Then, click the “TURN ON” button to turn on chat backups. The backups are encrypted with a passphrase and stored on your device.

Signal chat backups button

Turning on chat backup will prompt you to select a folder to store the backups into or create a new folder. If you want your backup synced to the cloud, save it into a backup folder like OneDrive, Dropbox, or Google Drive.

Signal chat backups create folder

That should do it!


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