How to use Signal on your laptop or PC

Wondering how to use Signal on your laptop or PC? If you have a Signal account, the popular messaging app will allow you to sync your account between your phone and your laptop or PC in a few simple steps. Signal is becoming increasingly popular as an instant messaging alternative to WhatsApp. It allows you to send and receive text messages, as well as make and receive voice and video calls. It has also drawn attention for its improved security that comes from the Open Source Signal Protocol. Signal also offers privacy features like disappearing messages, screen security, and registry lock.

All these features make Signal complete against like Whatsapp and Telegram. Signal, claim that all messages you access on your laptop or PC are private.

Like for WhatsApp, you must have the Signal app on your phone (either Android or iPhone). But using Signal on a laptop or PC is slightly different than using WhatsApp Web. Signal does not have a web client and is limited to a desktop application. This means that you cannot access your messages on Signal using a web browser. You will need to download and install its native application on your laptop or PC. The Signal desktop app is available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux platforms. Requires at least 64-bit Windows 7, macOS 10.10, or APT-compatible 64-bit Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu or Debian. These are the steps you will need to follow to start using Signal on your laptop or PC.

How to use Signal on your laptop or PC

You can follow the steps below to start using Signal on your laptop or PC. As mentioned above, it could be a Windows machine or a Macbook or Linux computer.

  1. Install the downloaded Signal Desktop on your machine. You can follow the instructions in the installation file to download the application on your Windows laptop or PC. If running on macOS, you’ll need to move Signal to your Applications folder. Linux users should follow the onscreen instructions to configure the Signal repository and install its package.

  2. Once installed, pair Signal Desktop with your phone by scanning the QR code available on your laptop or PC screen. To scan the QR code, you need to go to Signal Settings> tap Linked devices and then tap the plus sign (+) log into your Android phone or Pair new device on iPhone.

  3. Now you can choose a name for your paired device on your phone.

Once the above steps are followed, your Signal account will sync between your phone and your laptop or PC. You will start receiving messages in the Signal desktop app. You can also send messages through Signal, without having to take out your phone.

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