A guide to enable or disable the “Generate link previews” feature in Signal



The article outlines the process for enabling or disabling the “Generate link previews” feature in the Signal messaging app. Activating this feature creates previews from direct website links in messages. Turning it off results in recipients only seeing the link and no preview. The guide also covers features exclusive to the mobile version of Signal,…

This article explains enabling or disabling “Generate link previews” 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 off, turn media auto-download on or off, and more, which aren’t available on the desktop version.

The Signal app also has a feature that retrieves link previews directly from websites for messages you send. You can turn this on or off at any time.

If you are concerned about privacy and security, you may want to turn off the “Generate link previews” option in the Signal app. This feature retrieves link previews directly from websites for messages you send. If you turn it off, the link previews will not be generated, and the recipient will only see the link without any preview.

This can be useful if you want to avoid revealing your IP address or if you want to prevent the recipient from knowing that you have opened the link. On the other hand, if you turn on the link preview feature, the recipient can see a preview of the website, including the title, description, and image, if available.

This can be helpful to provide context and make it easier for the recipient to decide whether to click on the link.

Turn “Generate link previews on or off in Signal

As mentioned above, users can enable or disable a feature in Signal that retrieves link previews directly from websites in messages they send.

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.

Signal Chats tile in Settings

On the Settings -> Chats settings page, select the “Generate link previews” tile. Then, toggle the switch button to the On position to enable it.

To disable it, toggle the switch button to the Off position to disable it.

That should do it!

This post showed you how to turn “Generate link previews” on or off in the Signal app. Please use the comments form below if you find errors or have something to add.

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