How To Use Signal On Desktop And Laptop


One of the best solutions to WhatsApp is Signal. Owing to the latest Privacy Policy Update adopted by WhatsApp, the company has recently seen a spike in the number of users. In a similar manner to both WhatsApp, Viber and Telegram, the app operates and performs.

Much as it is possible to use both WhatsApp, Viber and Telegram on the desktop and laptop, the same features also come with Signal. By taking these steps below, you can use Signal on your window and Mac. Here is a bit you should know about the platform named Signal before we start to describe the steps involved.

What’s Signal

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Signal is a free messaging software created by the Signal Technology Foundation and Signal Messenger LLC that uses end-to-end encryption to keep your messages and files secure. Just as Telegram and WhatsApp, the network uses regular cellular telephone numbers as identifiers. Its software is open-source and free and accessible to users of iOS, ANdroid, Windows, MacOS and Linux.

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How To Connect and Use Signal On Desktop And Laptop

Start by downloading and installing the Signal software on your iPhone, iPad, or Android smartphone to be able to access the app on your PC. The Signal must also be downloaded and installed on your desktop, be it Windows, Mac or Linux.

After installing Signal for Desktop on your computer, launch the app, and you will see a QR code. The next step is to launch the Signal app on your phone or tablet.

If you are 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.

Signal will seek permission to search the QR code on the desktop app using your device’s camera. What you need to do is grant authorization.

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If you are sure you want to connect to the desktop app, the phone app would then ask. To continue, tap ‘Connection Device’.

The desktop app can request a desired name for your computer until it’s connected. Enter any name and click on the button ‘Finish Phone Connecting.

‘Now you are waiting for the web app to merge your phone’s contacts and groups. It will take a couple of minutes.

If that’s done, in the sidebar, you can see your conversations. Notice that there would be no messages synced to the conversations. This is a feature of defense.

Note: The laptop is fitted with a similar mobile app gui. Much as you can do on your smartphone, you can make video calls and voice calls, email audio messages, connect images and videos and use stickers.

Ayeni Sylvester
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