How to Safeguard Your Signal Messages

Teuku Published on March 19, 2024

Because you wanted your messages to be encrypted, you moved to Signal. Even if all of the messages you send aren't confidential, you don't want anyone else to view them. However, if something unexpectedly distracts you, you may leave your Singal account open.

Adding a screen lock to your phone will help you protect your messages. The good news is that it is a simple and quick procedure. So even if you don't have much time, you'll be able to do this task. Adding an extra layer of security to your Signal conversations will make you feel much better and will prevent others from accessing messages that aren't intended for them.

How to Add a Screen Lock to Your Signal Messages

The instructions are the same whether you're using an iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone. Open the Signal app and tap on your profile photo to get started. Go to Privacy and toggle on the Screen lock option once you're there. The Screen lock inactivity timeout option will become accessible when you turn it on.

Instead of providing options that may or may not be what you require, Signal provides a clock that allows you to set the length of the inactivity timeout. The hours will be indicated by the zeros with the H, and the minutes will be indicated by the zeros with the M.

After you've set the time, select OK and you're ready to go. Signal will lock after the specified time the next time you stop using your phone. It's that simple. You won't have to be concerned about your message being read. Signal should, hopefully, include a section for the seconds, not only the hours and minutes, in the next release.


When it comes to communications, you can never be too cautious. You want to keep them confidential even if they don't include top-secret information. Inside the program, there was also an option to prohibit screenshots. Other security solutions available on Signal may pique your curiosity; why not have a look at them the next time you have some free time? How handy do you find Signal's screen lock feature? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, and don't forget to share this story on social media.

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