How to Use Signal on Desktops (Windows and Mac)

Encrypted messaging app Signal has gained popularity recently following several celebrity endorsements and WhatsApp’s poorly designed privacy policy update. In fact, the Signal iOS app has recently topped App Store download charts in various countries, including Austria, France, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, India, and Switzerland. But did you know that it can also be used on desktop computers like WhatsApp and Telegram? Today we will show you how to use Signal Messenger on your Windows 10 and Mac computer (desktop and laptops).

Use Signal Messenger on Your Desktop Computer (Windows and Mac)

Unlike WhatsApp, Signal does not have a web app, but offers desktop apps on Windows, Mac, and Linux. However, like WhatsApp, your phone must have the Signal mobile app installed and running (Android or iPhone) to run on your PC. So, without further delay, let’s see how you can use Signal Messenger on your Windows 10 and Mac computers (desktops and laptops).

Note: I’m using Windows 10 for this demo, but the process is the same on Mac. The process is similar for Android and iPhone users, but there is a slight difference that we will talk about clearly in our tutorial..

Connect and Use Signal on Your Computer

  • To get started, download and install Signal Desktop on your computer (Windows / Match). When you open the app, you will see a QR code. It must be scanned by the Signal mobile app to sync chats and messages.

  • Now open Signal Messenger on your phone and tap the menu button (three dots) in the top right corner. Then select ‘Settings’ from the drop-down menu.

signal application

  • On the Settings page, tap on ‘Connected Devices’. Next, press the “+” button at the bottom right on Android. On iOS, go to Settings > Connected Devices > Connect New Devices.

connecting devices

  • Scan the QR code on your computer screen and the two apps will sync in a minute or two. Once they sync, tap ‘Connect Device’ as seen in the second screenshot below.

scan qr code and connect new device

  • In the desktop app, choose a name for your connected devices and press the ‘Disconnect Phone’ button.

Signal desktop connection

Your desktop app will automatically sync your contacts with your phone and you will be able to send and receive messages in Signal Desktop. It may take a few minutes for all your chats, messages and contacts to sync between the two devices.

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  • You can unlink the two devices by going to Settings > Connected Devices on your phone. Tap the name of the device you want to unlink and confirm by selecting ‘OK’.

unlink

Signal Desktop is no longer linked to your Signal mobile app. You will need to connect the two once again the next time you start the application on your computer.

Use The Best Encrypted Messaging App On Your PC

One of the best alternatives to WhatsApp and Telegram, Signal Messenger has been endorsed by many tech experts, including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, American informant Edward Snowden, and Elon Musk, the richest person in the world. While you now know how to use Signal on your desktop and laptop computers (Windows and Mac), you will probably use it more often on your phone. Check out the best Signal tips and tricks for getting the most out of the mobile app. If you’re still using WhatsApp, see how you can switch from Facebook-owned service to Signal.