How to Install and Use Signal Messenger on Android

After WhatsApp’s privacy policy update in Jan 2021 and endorsement from Elon Musk, a lot of users have started to install and use Signal Messenger on Android and iOS devices. Signal messenger is developed by non-profit Signal Foundation. It is claimed to be Privacy first messenger with tagline “Say Hello to Privacy“.

WhatsApp’s new privacy terms clearly dictate that it is going to share your personal data with Facebook. And that’s a big privacy concern. So, if you are not okay with new privacy terms of WhatsApp, you can switch to Signal Messenger.

SEE ALSO: Change these 5 Settings on Facebook to protect your Privacy.

Switch from WhatsApp to Signal Messenger on Android

In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to install and configure Signal Messenger on your Android phone. So, let’s go through the steps.

Step 1: Install Signal Messenger

First of all, open Google Play Store on your Android phone. In Play Store, search for signal and install Signal Private Messenger from Signal Foundation.

Open Play Store On Your Android Phone Search And Install Signal Messenger
Install Signal Messenger from Play Store

Step 2: Grant Necessary Permissions

After installing the Signal Messenger, launch the app. Tap on CONTINUE to agree Terms & Privacy Policy. And then, tap on CONTINUE to start providing necessary permissions to Signal Messenger.

Launch Signal Messenger And Tap On Continue Twice
Agree to Terms and Privacy Policy

Next, you will be asked to grant permissions to access Contacts, Media and Phone calls. Tap on ALLOW to grant permissions one by one.

Allow Signal Messenger To Access Your Contacts Media And Phone Calls
Grant required permissions

Step 3: Setup Your Account

Now, it’s time to register your account using your mobile number. Select your Country, provide your mobile number and tap on NEXT. You may see re-captcha human verification. Solve, the captcha and tap on VERIFY.

After, successful verification, you will receive verification code on your mobile. Signal Messenger will automatically detect verification code from received message. You can also enter the code manually if it doesn’t fill in automatically. Signal Messenger will then verify the code.

Provide Your Mobile Number Solve Human Verification Captcha And Enter Verification Code Received Via Message
Register Signal Messenger with your Mobile Number

Step 4: Setup Profile and Create Security PIN

After registering mobile number, enter your first and last name and tap on NEXT. Now, you will be prompted to create a 4-digit security PIN. Create your easy to remember 4-digit PIN and re-enter it to confirm.

Setup Your Profile And Create A 4 Digit Pin For Singal Messenger
Setup your Profile and create PIN

Step 5: Start Chatting on Signal Messenger

Signal Messenger is all set up now. You can continue to use it. On the home screen, you will see a pinned message to make Signal your default SMS app. If you don’t want Signal to be your default SMS app, simply close the message.

To start chatting, tap on write message icon at the bottom right.

Set Signal As Default Sms App Or Skip Tap On Chat Button To Start Chat
Tap on Chat Button

Next, you will see all your contacts who are using Signal Messenger. You will also see your own Mobile number to take notes to self. Select a contact to start chatting. In this example, we have used Note to Self.

Select A Contact And Start Chatting On Signal Messenger
Start Chatting on Signal Messenger

SEE ALSO: How to use Disappearing Messages on Signal Private Messenger?

Install and Use Signal Messenger on Android

Above tutorial explained, how you can easily install and use Signal Messenger on your Android device. Setup is quite easy and straight forward. You can now start chatting with your family members or friends on Signal. You can also invite your contacts to join Signal by sending them a link.

Please note that unlike WhatsApp, Signal doesn’t have cloud backup but it creates encrypted local backups. Hope you liked this tutorial. Feel free to share your queries and suggestions in the comment section down below.

SEE ALSO: Best Chat and Video Calling Apps for your Friends and Family.

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