How to use Signal: The best WhatsApp Alternative, Step by Step Guide

You can also use the secure instant messaging app Signal on Android and iPhone. It can also be used on computers through a web browser like WhatsApp.

The Signal app has become the number one app in the top chart (free section) of the Apple App Store in India. It has been downloaded more than 10 million times from Google Play Store. Signal downloads have seen a significant increase after WhatsApp's new policy.

People annoyed by WhatsApp's new policy are going towards its alternative. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and American whistleblower Edward Snowden have publicly asked to use the Signal app.

The Signal app is available for Android, iOS and Desktop. Here we are telling you how you can use the Signal app. Users can download this app from the Play Store for Android, the App Store for Apple. The app for iPhone works on iOS 9.0 or later. Available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. For Android users, it works on Android 4 and above.

Like WhatsApp, you can also use Signal on your desktop. For this, go to the Signal app and tap on Linked Device. The desktop client has to be downloaded from Signal's website. It is important to note that in order to use the desktop, it is necessary to have an app on the phone.

    How you can use the Signal app on Android or iOS:

    First of all, you have to download and install Signal Private Messenger by Open Whisper Systems on your phone from the App Store or Play Store. For this, the iPhone user has to download and install by clicking on 'Get'.

    For this, the iPhone user may have to give Apple ID credentials. Android users can download it from the Play Store. Open the Signal Private Messenger app after the app is installed. enter your phone number. iPhone users may have to click on Activate This Device.

    After this, you will have to enter the 6-digit code found in the message. After entering the code, click on Submit. Allow the app to ask for permission to send notifications to you. After this, set your profile photo and name in the app.

    Android users can also make it their default app for messages. With this, the user will get the message and the Signal message in one place. But both the sender and receiver have to be on the Signal app to encrypting messages.

    Signal allows the user to make end-to-end encrypted groups, text, pictures, audio-video messages and encrypted audio and video calls.

    To send a message to Signal:

    Signal asks for permission to access your contacts. If you do not give its permission, then you will have to manually enter the information. The user has to click on the contact. One has to click on the pin icon to type the message. Those who do not have the Signal app will get the regular message. You can also migrate groups on the signal from current messaging apps.

    For end-to-end encrypted audio calls:

    For an end-to-end encrypted audio call, the user has to select the contact and click on the phone icon. When the receiver answers the call, the user will see a small padlock icon next to the phone icon.

    For end-to-end encrypted video calls:

    For end-to-end encrypted video calls, users have to follow the steps mentioned above. For this, the user will have to give access to the microphone and camera.

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