How to Use Signal on our Laptop or PC

By: madhavsud


If we have a Signal account, the popular messaging app will let us sync our account between our phone and our laptop or PC with a few easy steps. A signal is becoming increasingly popular as an instant messaging alternative to WhatsApp. It lets us send and receive text messages as well as make and receive voice and video calls. It has also grabbed attention for its enhanced security that comes from the open-source Signal Protocol. Signal also offers privacy features such as disappearing messages, screen security, and registration lock.


Here are the steps we need to follow to start using Signal on our laptop or PC.

How to use Signal on our laptop or PC

we can follow the steps below to start using Signal on our laptop or PC. As mentioned earlier, it could be a Windows machine or a MacBook or Linux computer.

  1.  Download Signal Desktop from the above site.

  2. Install the downloaded Signal Desktop on your machine. we can follow prompts from the install file to download the app on our Windows laptop or PC. If it's running on macOS, we will need to move Signal to your Applications folder. Linux users need to follow on-screen instructions to configure the Signal repository and install its package.

  3. Once installed, link Signal Desktop with our phone by scanning the QR code available on our laptop or PC screen. For scanning the QR code, we need to go to Signal Settings > tap on Linked Devices and then tap the plus (+) sign on your Android phone or Link New Device on iPhone.

  4. we can now choose a name for our Linked Device on our phone.

Hit the Finish button. 

Once the above steps are taken, your Signal account will be synced between your phone and your laptop or PC. You'll start getting messages on the Signal desktop app. 

All these features make Signal compete against the likes of WhatsApp and Telegram. Signal, in fact, claims that all messaging that we access on our laptop or PC is private. Like WhatsApp, we must have the Signal app on our phone (either Android or iPhone). But using Signal on a laptop or PC is slightly different than using WhatsApp Web. The signal does not have a Web client and is limited to a desktop app. This means that we can't access our messages on Signal using a Web browser. we will need to download and install its native app on our laptop or PC. Signal's desktop app is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms. It requires at least 64-bit Windows 7, macOS 10.10, or 64-bit Linux distributions supporting APT, such as Ubuntu or Debian.


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