How To Delete Your Messages In Signal
Last Updated: April 19, 2021
Are you the type of person that deletes your messages from time to time? Do you want to know how to do it on your Signal chats? If so, we have here a guide for you. We’ll teach you how to delete your messages on Signal. Whether you want to do them one by one or all in one go, we got you covered.
Like all messaging apps out there, you can also delete your messages in Signal. While most people can find the option to do so pretty easily, we understand that some of you are unfamiliar with its features.
With that in mind, here’s our quick guide that will show you how to remove a message on your Signal chats. We’ll show you how to delete entire conversations or selected messages with our step-by-step tutorials.
How to delete a message on your Signal chats
If you don’t need a message to be in your chats anymore, you have the option to delete them instead. In this way, you can keep your chat conversation neat and tidy.
You can delete your messages whether you’re using Signal on your computer or mobile device. Follow our step-by-step tutorials to learn how to do it from both.
On the Android app:
- After launching the mobile app, open one of your chats.
- Browse your chat history, and look for the one you want to delete. Tap and hold on to a message to select it.
If you want to delete multiple messages, tap the “select multiple” icon at the top of your screen. After doing so, you can tap the ones you want to remove to select them.
- Tap the trash icon at the top of your screen to delete the message.
- You can choose to delete the message for yourself or everyone participating in the chat.
Note: You can only delete messages for everyone within three hours after sending them.
That’s how you delete your messages and alerts on your chats on the Signal app for Android. As for iOS users, the process is pretty similar, but there are slight differences in the interface.
On the desktop app:
- Open one of your chat conversations on the left side of your screen.
- Browse your chat history, hover on one of the messages, and click More options (ellipsis).
- Choose whether to delete for you or everyone participating in the chat.
- Click Delete to confirm your decision.
These steps above works whether you want to delete messages on a group or private chats. Always remember that you can only delete a message for everyone within three hours after sending it.
Also, note that you can’t delete multiple messages on the desktop app. You can only remove them one by one. So if you want to delete a couple of messages simultaneously, try doing it on your mobile device.
How to delete a chat in Signal
While you can browse your messages and remove the ones you don’t like from time to time, you can delete your chat conversation in one go. In this way, you won’t bother selecting all the messages in the chat, saving you time and effort.
If you’re using the mobile app, start by tapping and holding on to one of your conversations on your chats list to select it. Once you do, tap the trash icon at the top of your screen to delete it.
As for the desktop app users, you must first open the chat you want to delete. After doing so, click the drop-down arrow on the upper-right corner and select Delete on the menu.
Please note that deleting a group chat this way won’t remove you from the group. You can still find and access the chat using the search bar at the top of your screen.
Also, it won’t remove someone from your contacts list. Deleting conversations will only clear all the messages on your end.
To wrap it all up
Now that you know how to delete your messages in Signal, you can go ahead and clean your chats from unnecessary conversations. We recommend that you remove messages from both the desktop and mobile app if you want to make sure that you deleted them on your account.
If you want to automate this process, you can choose to enable disappearing messages on your chats. With this feature, newly sent messages get deleted automatically after the set time passes.
That’s everything we have on our guide about deleting messages on Signal. For more tips, tricks, and tutorials, visit us regularly for our daily posts and updates.