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Signal’s disappearing messages feature custom timer can now be set as default for all chats, here is how

Signal's disappearing messages feature custom timer can now be set as default for all chats, here is how
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The feature helps users in saving storage and also limits the amount of conversation history. Signal notes that the feature would be useful “for those who want to take ephemerality to the fullest.”

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Signal is rolling out a custom timer that can be set as default for all conversations.
  • Signal will allow users to set custom timer durations on all their conversations.
  • The timer will be available for up to 60 seconds, 18 minutes, or 4 weeks.

Signal, the messaging app which is known for its privacy is now enhancing its disappearing messages feature. It will now allow users to set a preconfigured timer for all chats. Even though Signal notes that users should use the feature warily as an adversary can always take a picture of the message from another phone or camera. However, the feature helps users in saving storage and also limits the amount of conversation history. Signal notes that the feature would be useful “for those who want to take ephemerality to the fullest.”

“We’ve designed Signal so that your data always stays in your hands. We think there’s something special about sharing a private fleeting moment between friends, so Signal also supports disappearing messages. Now, we’ve added the ability to preconfigure all conversations you initiate with a default disappearing messages timer,” Signal noted in a blog post. Signal will allow users to set custom timer durations on all their conversations, for up to 60 seconds, 18 minutes, or 4 weeks.

To enable disappearing messages on Signal, users can follow the given steps:

— Open the Signal app on your smartphone.

–Tap on the three dots placed at the top right corner and then select Settings

— Go to Privacy from the Settings page where you will see an option of ‘default timer for new chats’ under the ‘Disappearing messages’ section.

— You can now select the duration from 60 seconds, 18 minutes, or 4 weeks. After selecting tap on ‘Save’ to confirm the changes.

If you do not wish to enable the new default timer for all chats, but want to do it for current chats follow these steps;

Open a chat window.
— Tap on the three dots on the right.

— Select Disappearing messages.

— You can set the window from five seconds to one week for the messages to self-destruct.

To separately send a disappearing or view-once photo on Signal:

— On Signal iOS or Signal Android, navigate to your group or individual conversation.

— Select an image or capture a photo or video.

— Tap the icon with an infinity sign to switch to the view-once icon or 1x.

— Select Send. The photo or video won’t be stored in your Signal conversation history.