How to Turn Off Read Receipts on Signal on iPhone, iPad or Android


The Signal app, by default, encrypts all of your communication on the platform to ensure your security and safety. However, there are other features you can enable in Signal to take your security even further. One of those features is the ability to turn off read receipts, which prevents people you communicate with from seeing whether or not you’ve read any messages they send. The only caveat is that when you turn off read receipts on Signal this also prevents you from seeing when people read your messages. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below.

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Steps to Turn Off Read Receipts on Signal on iPhone, iPad or Android

  1. Launch the Signal app on your iPhone, iPad or Android device, and then tap your profile picture shown at the top of the screen. The Settings menu is displayed.
  2. Tap “Privacy” in this menu. The Privacy menu is shown.
  3. Tap “Read Receipts” to toggle it off. Going forward contacts you communicate with in Signal will no longer be able to see when you’re typing or get confirmation when you read a message you receive. You can come back to this screen at any time to turn this feature back on.

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