How to Use Signal App on Your Desktop Computers?

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How to Use Signal App on Your Desktop Computers?

The signal is a popular app for those seeking an alternative to WhatsApp, Telegram, and Facebook Messenger that is built for privacy. It has many characteristics of a message service, including a desktop app. We’re going to show you how it works.

One of Signal’s main sales points is automatic end-to-end message encryption. If you’re interested in something, you will want it everywhere, not just on your computer. In its desktop application, Signal provides the same privacy features.

You need the Signal App on your iPhone, iPad, or Android to use Signal on the desktop. Desktop signals for Windows, Mac, and Linux are available.

Open the app after downloading Desktop Signal on your device. The first thing you’re going to see is a QR code.

This is how the desktop app connects to the mobile app

qr code from desktop app

Open the Signal app on your phone or tablet. Next, on Android, tap on the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner, then go to Settings > Linked Devices and select the “+” button. On iPhone and iPad, tap on your profile picture in the top-left corner to open the “Settings” menu, then select Linked Devices > Link New Device.

linked devices
Linked Devices on Android

You’ll need to give Signal permission to use your camera to scan the QR code.

camera permission on android
Camera permission on Android

Line up the camera with the QR code shown on the desktop app.

scan the QR code

The phone app will ask if you’re sure you want to link to the desktop app. Tap “Link Device” to proceed.

tap Link Device

We can now go back to the desktop app, which will ask you to choose a name for your computer. Enter a name and click “Finish Linking Phone.”

enter name and finish linking phone

The desktop app will sync contacts and groups from your phone. This can take a few minutes.

syncing contacts and groups

Once that’s finished, you’ll see your conversations in the sidebar. Note that the conversations will not have any messages synced. This is a security feature. From this point forward, you will see any new messages that you send from your desktop or phone.

contacts in sidebar

The desktop interface is very similar to the mobile app. You can make video calls and voice calls, send audio messages, attach photos and videos, and use stickers.

desktop UI

Sticker packs that you download on your phone will be automatically available on your computer.

sticker packs
Sticker packs on Desktop (left) and Mobile (right)

That’s it! You can now use Signal from your phone and computer simultaneously. Keep in mind that if you use Signal as your default SMS app on Android, the SMS conversations will not appear on the desktop app.

How to Use Signal App on Your Desktop Computers?

Rajat Singh
Rajat Singhhttps://bioinformaticsindia.com
Rajat Singh is the Editor-in-chief at Bioinformatics India, he is a Master's in Bioinformatics and validates all the data present on this website. Independent of his academic qualifications he is a marketing geek and loves to explore trends in SEO, Keyword research, Web design & UI/UX improvement.

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