Announcing the new feature via a blog post, Signal mentions that the disappearing messages feature is primarily used to reduce storage space and limit the amount of conversation history. The encrypted chat app also mentions that the disappearance of messages feature can also be configured for the Note for myself to discuss. However, Signal also warned users that the disappearing messages feature does not guarantee maximum privacy, as the recipient can take a photo of the chat with another device before the message disappears.
Well done to anyone who has been asking for it for a while.
You can now set a default disappearance message timer in Signal. Any new groups you create or new conversations you initiate will be preconfigured with. https://t.co/QGWv6DTx6V
– Moxie Marlinspike (@moxie) August 10, 2021
Signal’s custom timer feature was first introduced in 2016. Previously, the message disappearance timer could be set from five seconds to one week. However, users now have the option to set a custom timer that can be set to just one second. New standard options to set a timer range from 30 seconds to four weeks.
To set a timer for disappearing messages, tap the three-dot icon and click Settings. Once there, head to Privacy where you’ll find an option for the default timer for new chats. This menu offers you nine options – Off, 4 weeks, 1 week, 1 day, 8 hours, 1 hour, 5 minutes, 30 seconds, and Custom time.
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