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    How to Use Signal on Your Laptop or PC

    HIGHLIGHTS
    Signal says that on your device it provides private messaging
    To sync, you must have the Signal app on your computer.
    You need the Signal Desktop app on your device to access the account.

    Wondering how to use your laptop or PC with Signal? If you have a Signal account, with a few easy measures, the famous messaging app will allow you to sync your account between your phone and your laptop or PC. As an instant messaging alternative to WhatsApp, Signal is becoming increasingly popular. It allows text messages to be sent and received, as well as voice and video calls to be made and received. It has also gained attention for its improved security that comes from the Signal Protocol open source. Privacy features such as disappearing texts, screen protection, and registration lock are also provided by Signal.

    You must have the Signal app on your computer, as with WhatsApp (either Android or iPhone). But it is somewhat different from using WhatsApp Web to use Signal on a laptop or PC. The signal does not have a client on the Web and is confined to a desktop app. This means you are unable to view your Signal messages using a Web browser. On your laptop or PC, you will need to download and install their native app. For Windows, macOS, and Linux platforms, Signal’s desktop app is available. At least 64-bit Windows 7, macOS 10.10, or 64-bit APT-enabled Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu or Debian, are required. To start using Signal on your laptop or PC, here are the steps you will need to follow.

    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 earlier, it could be a Windows machine or a MacBook or Linux computer.

    1. Download Signal Desktop from its site.
    2. Install the downloaded Signal Desktop on your machine. You can follow prompts from the install file to download the app on your Windows laptop or PC. If it’s running on macOS, you 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 your phone by scanning the QR code available on your laptop or PC screen. For scanning the QR code, you 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. You can now choose a name for your Linked Device on your phone.
    5. 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. You will also be able to send messages through Signal — without bringing out your phone.

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