How to Turn “Disappearing messages” On or Off in Signal on Windows 11

Turn disappearing messages on or off in Signal

The article explains how to use the “Disappearing messages” feature on the Signal desktop app for Windows 11. It guides users through launching the app, accessing preferences, setting a disappearing message timer, and enables the option to customize timeframes. The utility of this feature is highlighted for ensuring conversation privacy and avoiding storage of sensitive chat history.

This article explains how to turn “Disappearing messages” on or off in the Signal desktop app on Windows 11.

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 address to your contacts.

Users can also turn “Disappearing messages” on or off to keep their conversations private. When turned on, messages in a chat will automatically disappear after a set amount of time. This can be useful for sensitive conversations where you don’t want the chat history to be saved.

However, if you need to keep a record of your messages, you can turn off disappearing messages. It’s important to note that even when disappearing messages are turned on, the recipient can still take screenshots or copy the messages before they disappear.

Turn “Disappearing messages” on or off in the Signal desktop app

As mentioned above, users can turn “Disappearing messages” on or off in the Signal app on Windows 11.

Here’s how to do it.

First, launch the app by clicking the Start menu and selecting it on the All Apps list.

You can also launch the app from the Taskbar or Taskbar overflow.

When the app opens, click File and select Preferences ( CTRL + , ) on the menu. You can also get the Preferences window by clicking the Settings (gear) button at the bottom left.

On the Preferences window, select Privacy on the left menu. On the right, under Messinging, select the “Disappearing messages” tile. Then, set a default disappearing message timer for all new chats started by you.

To disable it, select Off.

If you select “Custom time“, you can select the number of seconds, minutes, hours, days and, up to 59 weeks.

When you turn it on, your new messages will automatically disappear after the time you choose above.

That will do it!


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