Simple Signal Guide For Everyone
This guide was probably sent to you by someone who wants you to switch to Signal. Sometimes trying something new is scary, but we promise using Signal is as simple as using any other messaging app. Make sure to thank the person who send you this guide since he/she cares about you and your privacy on the Internet.
- Signal is a free messaging platform
- Available on Android, iOS, and desktop
- Signal has regular messaging features with privacy build-in
- Setup and use is simple and straight to the point
What Do You Need To Use Signal
Internet connection Signal needs WiFi or cellular data to send and receive messages.
Phone Number To set up your Signal account, you need a working phone number. This way, you will be able to chat with people who also use Signal.
Let's Create An Account
The process is self-explanatory and easy to do yourself without extra help.
- Enter your phone number
- Signal will send you verification code to confirm your identity
- You will be asked for different permissions, understandably to use the service in a better way, if something doesn't seem right you don't have to allow it
- You will be asked to sync your contacts and set up your pin. Again, this is your decision to do. Contacts will be stored on Signal's servers, but encrypted using your pin.
On Android, you can set Signal as your default SMS app. This means that you will use the Signal app for your Signal messaging and as an SMS client. SMS you will send using the Signal app will still be unencrypted and unprotected – indicated by gray send button and unlocked lock.
With people who use Signal, you will be able to send encrypted messages or regular unencrypted SMS if you don't have access to the Internet. You can switch between encrypted and unencrypted messages inside chat with another Signal user by holding down the send button.
You've successfully set up your Signal app on your phone. Congratulations! Now you can continue exploring the app on your own. There are features like groups, stickers, and more to improve your messaging experience.
Share Without Insecurity State-of-the-art end-to-end encryption (powered by the open-source Signal Protocol) keeps your conversations secure. Signal doesn't store your messages or access its contents.
No Ads Or Trackers There are no ads, no affiliate marketers, and no creepy tracking in Signal.
Free for Everyone Signal is an independent nonprofit. Signal is not tied to any major tech companies, and they can never be acquired by one either. Development is supported by grants and donations from people like you. You can donate to Signal here.
It would be best if you convinced your friends and family to switch to Signal. You can even send them this guide to help them out. You can also message with your Signal users using desktop clients for Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can download a desktop client here.
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