Signal messenger is a free and open-source messaging app designed for Android and iOS devices along with desktop computers. Signal application is known for security of data. All the data transferred through this application is encrypted. Also, Signal allows you to make encrypted calls and make sure that no one would be able to hack Signal messages or intercept your calls. On Android devices, Signal can replace the default messaging app and makes it easier to text your friends. If you are interested to use Signal to have a super secure conversation with your friends, you are in the right place. Read along to find out what you need to do to get started with this messaging app.
Download Signal Messenger
In order to use Signal application on your mobile phone, you need to download the application first. As I mentioned earlier, Signal can be used on mobile devices as well as desktop computers. You can download Signal app from Google Play or App Store. You can also download it directly from Signal official website. You can also use the link below to download Signal app for your specific platform.
Installing Signal on your phone
in order to get started with Signal messenger, you will need to take some steps:
Step 1 – Download and install Signal
After you have download Signal messenger for your platform, you will need to get started with the installation.
When you tap on install, you will see a number of Android function that Signal would require for performing. Tap on “Accept” for all of them. The same requirements exist on iOS devices as well. But they will be asked while you try to use different functionalities within the app.
Step 2 – Register an account
When you launch Signal application for the first time, you will be asked to register an account. so, in order to use Signal you will need to first choose your country code and then enter your phone number to register your Signal account.
After you have entered your phone number, tap on “Register” and you will receive a message asking you to check your phone number. If there is a mistake, tap on “Edit” and if your phone number is correct, tap on “Continue“.
You will receive a 6-digit verification code via SMS. Signal can access your text messages, so your account will automatically be verified when you receive the code.
After doing so, Signal will ask you to set it as your default messaging app. This is in fact really great as it allows you to keep all your messages in one place, but you need to know that if you use Signal to send a text to someone who is not a Signal user, your messages will not be encrypted.
Use Signal to text or make calls
After you have successfully installed Signal messenger on your device, you can start using it send texts or make calls. You need to remember if you use Signal to send a text to someone who does not have a Signal account, your message will be sent as a standard text message which is not encrypted. Also, if you use Signal to make a call to someone who does not have Signal installed on their phone, an ordinary call would be made which is not encrypted. If you want to use Signal application to send encrypted messages or make encrypted calls, you need to take the steps in the next section.
How to send an encrypted message on Signal
In order to get started with encrypted messaging, you will need to take these steps,
- Tap on the pencil icon on the bottom right corner of the screen
- Choose a contact from the list or enter a phone number
- You will be brought to a conversation page in which you can send or receive encrypted messages
Note that you can see the message “Send Signal message” in the chat box. This means that your target person also has a Signal account and your messages will be encrypted. You can also see a call button on top right corner of the screen. This means that you can use Signal to make an encrypted call with your target person.
If the person you are trying to text is not on Signal, you will see the message “Send unsecured SMS” in the chat box. This means that messages will not be encrypted and the call button on top right corner of the screen will make a regular call.
How to make an encrypted voice or video call on Signal
To initiate a call via Signal, choose the contact from your contact list to open a chat conversation. Then tap on the call button on top right corner of the page to make a call. The small lock next to the call icon signifies that your call will be encrypted.
In order to use Signal to make a video call, follow the steps mentioned above to make a voice call, then tap on the video camera icon to change the voice call to a video call. You will need to allow Signal to access your camera.
How to start a group chat on Signal
You can use Signal to send encrypted group messages. In order to create a group on Signal app follow these steps:
On Android devices, tap on the three dots icon on top right corner of the screen and then tap on “New group”.
On iOS devices, tap on the new message icon on top right corner and then tap on the heads icon on top right corner.
You can later name your group, choose a photo for it and add participants. You can also mute group conversations if you don’t want to receive a notification for each group message.
How to start a self-destructing chat on Signal
Disappearing messages on Signal makes sure that your messages in a certain conversation will be removed from the two devices after a certain amount of time. In order to use Signal to send disappearing messages, tap on the three dots icon on top right corner of the screen and then tap on “Disappearing messages”. You can then choose how quickly you want messages to disappear.
On iOS devices, you will need to tap on the name of the person you are having a conversation with and then toggle on “Disappearing Messages”.