How To Archive In Signal

Do you want to clean up and organize your chat list in Signal? Do you want to hide some of your conversations instead of deleting them? If so, we have here a guide for you. We’ll teach you how to archive your chats on the Signal app. Whether you’re using your computer or mobile device, we got you covered.


Tutorial

Instead of deleting your conversations on Signal, you can choose to archive them instead. In this way, you can hide some of your chats in another section temporarily.

By archiving your conversations, you get to clean up and organize your chats without losing any data that you might need in the future.

If that’s what you need, we have here a guide for you. We’ll show you how to archive your chats on the Signal app for Android, desktops, and iOS.

How to archive your Signal chats

If you want to clean up your chats on Signal without deleting them, you can choose to archive them instead. When you do, the app hides the chat from your view until you decide to unarchive them.

You can archive your Signal messages whether you’re using the mobile or desktop app. Follow our step-by-step tutorials below to learn how to do it from both.

On Android:
  1. Open the Signal app from your home screen or app drawer and view your chats list.
  2. Tap and hold on to a chat to select it. After selecting one, you can select more by tapping on the conversation.

  3. On the options at the top of your screen, tap the Archive icon.

Note: To quickly archive a single conversation, tap and swipe it to the right on your chats list.

You can find all your archived chats by tapping “Archived conversations” at the bottom of your chats list. In that separate section, you can select your conversations and tap Unarchive at the top of your screen to restore them to your primary chats.

On iOS:

As for those using Signal on iOS, the process of archiving your conversations is pretty similar to the Android one. However, there are slight differences in the interface between the two devices.

  1. Open Signal on your device and check your chats list.
  2. Look for the one you want to archive and swipe it to the left.
  3. Once the options appear, tap Archive. You can also swipe it all the way to archive it quickly.

Like on the Android app, you can find all your archives section by tapping “Archived conversations” at the bottom of your chats. From there, you have the option to unarchive chats to restore them on the main list.

On your computer:
  1. Launch the Signal desktop app and make sure to link your account.
  2. Open one of your chats.
  3. At the upper-right corner of the chat window, click the drop-down arrow to open the menu.

  4. Click Archive.

That’s how you archive on Signal for desktops. Like the other versions of the app, you can find all your archived chats in a separate section from your main chats list.

To wrap things up

Now that you know how to archive your chats, you can ahead and organize your conversations on Signal without deleting any of them. In this way, you get to hide your chats to avoid losing important messages that you might need in the future.

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