Telegram is a cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a focus on security and speed. When it comes to security and privacy, Telegram is much better than many popular messaging apps out there as it comes with fantastic security features which include a feature that allows users to start a secret chat in telegram with a self-destruct timer.
Telegram secret chat is very different from the regular telegram chat for so many reasons. Telegram’s special secret chats use end-to-end encryption, leave no trace on telegram servers, support self-destructing messages, and don’t allow forwarding. On top of this, secret chats are not part of the Telegram cloud and can only be accessed on their devices of origin.
Secret chats are meant for people who want more secrecy than the average fella. All messages in secret chats use end-to-end encryption. This means if you enable secret chat in telegram, only you and the recipient can read those messages — nobody else can decipher them. On top of this, Messages cannot be forwarded from secret chats. And when you delete messages on your side of the conversation, the app on the other side of the secret chat will be ordered to delete them as well.
You can order your messages, photos, videos, and files to self-destruct in a set amount of time after they have been read or opened by the recipient. The message will then disappear from both your and your friend’s devices.
All secret chats in Telegram are device-specific and are not part of the Telegram cloud. This means you can only access messages in a secret chat from their device of origin. They are safe for as long as your device is safe in your pocket.
Starting secret chats on telegram iPhone or android app is easy. Just tap on the new chat icon and tap on “new secret chat”. A window will pop up displaying your contacts. Select the contact you want to chat secretly with and proceed from there.
If you want to start secret chat on the Telegram desktop app, open the menu, click on “new secret chat”, select the contact you want to have a secret chat with, and proceed.
Remember that Telegram secret chats are device-specific. If you start a secret chat with a friend on one of your devices, this chat will only be available on that device. If you log out, you will lose all your secret chats. You can create as many different secret chats with the same contact as you like.
The Self-Destruct Timer is available for all messages in Telegram Secret Chats.
To set the telegram secret chat to self-destruct, simply tap the clock icon (in the input field on iOS, top bar on Android), and then choose the desired time limit. The clock starts ticking the moment the message is displayed on the recipient’s screen (gets two checkmarks). As soon as the time runs out, the message disappears from both devices. We will try to send a notification if a screenshot is taken.
Please note that the timer in Secret Chats only applies to messages that were sent after the timer was set. It has no effect on earlier messages.