How to delete messages on Signal from your devices and on others’ devices

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No matter what messaging app you use, it’s only a matter of time before you inevitably send a message you’d like to delete. Luckily, Signal lets you do just that.

In most cases, deleting a message on Signal will only remove it from your device — anyone else in the chat with you will still see it. This is useful if you know your phone or laptop is about to be taken, and you need to erase something classified or sensitive.

That said, if you’re using the iPhone or beta Android version of Signal, if you try to delete a message within three hours of when it was sent, Signal can attempt to delete it from every device that received it. This might not work though, since the recipient’s device might not be turned on when the delete request is made. 

The bottom line is you can always delete messages from your own device, but deleting it from anyone else’s isn’t guaranteed. 

How to delete messages on Signal on your phone

The steps to delete a message on iPhone and Android devices are the same. 

1. Start the Signal app and find the message you want to delete.

2. Tap and hold the message until you see a toolbar appear. On iPhones, it’ll be at the bottom of the screen, but look for it at the top of the screen on Androids.

3. If you want to select multiple images, tap the selection icon, which looks like a bulleted list, and then select all the messages you want to delete. 

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4. Tap the Delete icon — it looks like a trashcan.

5. In the pop-up window that appears, choose where you want to delete the message. Depending on how long it’s been since you sent the message, you might see both “Delete for Me” and “Delete for Everyone” options, or more likely, only “Delete for Me.” 

On Android, the ability to delete messages for all users is in beta, and so you might not see this option even if it’s been less than three hours. Instead of being able to choose where to delete it, your Signal app may only warn you that you’re about to permanently delete the message from your own device. 

How to delete messages on Signal on your desktop

1. Start the Signal app and find the message you want to delete. 

2. Click the three dots beside the message you want to remove and, in the pop-up menu, click “Delete Message.”

3. In the confirmation window, click “Delete” to confirm you really want to do this. 

You won’t get the option to delete the message for everyone — on the desktop version of Signal, you can only delete messages from your own devices. 

Related coverage from Tech Reference:

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How to lock your Signal messaging app with a passcode and keep all of your private conversations and files secure

Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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