Complete Guide on How to Use Signal on Desktop or Personal Computer

Use Signal on Personal Computer

WhatsApp can be used on mobile and computer devices. Telegram can be used on mobile and computer devices as well. These apps (WhatsApp and Telegram) have a separate web version. However, that is not the case with Signal.

There is no particular web version for Signal. If you want to use Signal on your laptop, PC or Desktop you to download the app, install it. In that case, you should be able to use the messaging platform on your PC.

The signal app is gaining wide popularity across the globe, especially among WhatsApp users amid the privacy policy controversy. The messaging app has been downloaded by millions of users globally.

In fact, it is currently one of the top free apps on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. After the popular messaging platform, WhatsApp, updated its privacy policy users have quit the platform to join either Signal or Telegram.

The signal is a popular app for those looking for a privacy-focused alternative to WhatsApp, Telegram, and Facebook Messenger as mentioned above.

It has many of the features you would expect from a messaging service, including a desktop app. One of the biggest selling points of Signal is the automatic end-to-end encryption of messages.

If that is something you are interested in, you probably want it everywhere, not just on your phone. Signal offers the same privacy features in its desktop app. Now, will run through the focus of the article, complete guide on how to use signal on desktop or personal computer.

How to Install and Set-Up Signal App

Before using this app, you need to download and install the app on your devices. Use any of the links in the article to get the app on your devices.

Step 1 ====> How to Install Signal: Click on any of the links to download and install the app on your devices.

====> Android

====> iOS

====> macOS

====> Windows

====> Linux  (Debian-based distros only, including Ubuntu and Linux Mint)

NOTE: that in order to use Signal on your desktop, you must have the app installed on your phone first

Step 2 ====> Register your Account: Open the app on your phone and register using your phone number. Before you do this, you will have to click through the Terms & Conditions and decide whether to enable notifications and grant Signal access to your contacts

Step 3 ====> Enter Code send By Signal: Signal will send you a verification code via SMS through the phone number you use. Enter this into the code field.

Use Signal on Personal Computer

Step 4 ====> Create your PIN: You will be asked to create a PIN for your account. The PIN is four digits by default, but you can choose to make it an alphanumeric password or to use a longer PIN.

Step 5 ====> Fill Out your Profile: Signal requires only a first name, it does not need to be your real name. It can be a nickname or even an emoji. The last name and a photo or other avatar are optional.

That is all you need to do. Once you have set up on your phone, you can enable a desktop or iPad version as well. Signal makes it easy to link multiple devices, too.

How to Set Up Signal on Desktop, Laptop or Personal Computer

As mentioned above, this article focuses on setting up Signal App on your desktop or personal computer. This part of the article will cover the aspect, here is what you need to do.

Step 1 ====> First of all, you need to download Signal app on your devices through the official website on your browser

Use Signal on Personal Computer

Step 2 ====> To download the desktop version of Signal you can simply click on the Download for Windows option or click here: https://updates.signal.org/desktop/signal-desktop-win-1.39.5.exe.

Step 3 ====> The download of the app will begin just on the click. Ensure your device is connected to a stable network. The process will take a few minutes.

Step 4 ====> Then Install the app and get it on your Windows laptop or personal computer.

Step 5 ====> You will then need to open the Signal app on your mobile app and head over to the Settings menu to link the account to the desktop computer.

Step 6 ====> Select Linked device option and scan the code shown on the web version to login.

Step 7 ====> You will now be successfully logged in to your Signal account your desktop device

How to Use Signal on iOS Devices

Not only on desktop, you cab as well use this app on mobile devices, but iOS is also inclusive. This part of the article covers a guide to use Signal on iPad, iPhone and other iOS machines.

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Step 1 ====> You need to visit the Signal download page on the browser you use, copy and paste https://signal.org/download/ on the search bar

Step 2 ====> Now download the iPad version of the platform, click on Download for iPad or iPhone option or click here.

Step 3 ====> The download will begin and will take a few minutes to complete. Make sure your iPad is connected to a stable network.

Step 4 ====> You will then need to install the app and get it on your iPad.

Step 5 ====> Now open the app on your smartphone, head over to the Settings menu to link the account to the iPad.

Step 6 ====> Select Linked device option and scan the code shown on the web version to login.

Step 7 ====> You are now successfully logged in on iPad.

How to use Signal  

Send Individual Message

To send an individual message with Signal, Follow the simple step below.

====> You need to tap on the pencil icon in the upper-right corner. (Some versions of the Android app will have the pencil in the lower-right corner.) This will pull up contacts from your phone (if you enabled those permissions during set-up).

====> Simply tap on a contact and start typing.

====> You can also search for Signal users who are not in your contacts by clicking Find by Phone Number.

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Create Encrypted Audio or Video

====> To place encrypted audio or video call, select a contact and then tap the phone or camera icon that appears in the upper corner of the screen.

Group Chat

====> To chat with a group, tap the pencil icon on the home screen

====> Then New Group.

====> You can select members from your contacts or add people by phone number.

====> Tap Next, enter a group name, and tap Create. You can also invite additional members by sending out the group link or adding from your contacts.

====> Tap the group icon at the top of the screen to access your group’s settings.

====> Scroll down to Group Link to enable this feature and share the direct link. You can also require an admin to approve member requests.

====> You can also use Signal for group calls (up to five participants) directly from a group chat.

Enabling Disappearing Messages

To enable disappearing messages in an individual or group chat, here is what to do

====> Go to the chat settings and toggle this feature on.

====> You can select how long you want messages to appear for (from five seconds to one week).

Conclusion

That is what we need to offer you on Signal. This article had covered downloading, installing and registering process. we also run through a complete guide to use this app on your Desktop computer or personal computer and thereby link your mobile computer to use this app in question.

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