What is Signal? The 5 most important features of Signal?

Signal is a messaging and social app just like WhatsApp on Facebook. You must have heard a lot about the app in the past few days. This is because WhatsApp users are disappointed with the newly updated privacy policy.

Earlier last week, the popular messaging platform WhatsApp announced an update to its privacy policy, which included details of the data it collects from users and shares with its parent company, Facebook. Users are dissatisfied with what has been revealed and are looking for an alternative app.

Due to the high demand, in just a few days, Signal has become the most downloaded app in both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. The most interesting thing about Signal is that the app is very similar to the Facebook-owned WhatsApp.

What is Signal?

Signal is just a messaging and socializing app developed by the Signal Foundation in the United States. The Signal app is available on both the Google Play Store and the Apple Store. As mentioned earlier due to the huge increase in demand for WhatsApp alternatives, Signal has topped the best chatting apps on the Google Play Store and App Store. The company claims that unlike WhatsApp, Signal is a secure messaging platform to use, and all messages exchanged on Signal are end-to-end encryption.

Why has Signal become the trend in the world?

Signal gained popularity in India shortly after WhatsApp announced its newly updated privacy policy in the policy, and the company stated that it shares some user information with its parent company Facebook. Users appeared dissatisfied with the new policy and so Signal became the talk of the town. Even Tesla CEO Elon Musk asked his followers to use Signal. Besides Signal, users are also looking at Telegram as an alternative to WhatsApp.

The 5 most important features of Signal

1.     Interconnection between devices

Signal allows users to use the platform on as many devices as possible other than WhatsApp. You can use Signal on your phone, laptop, tablet or any other device, all at the same time.

2.     Desktop group video call

Unlike WhatsApp, Signal also provides an option for group video calls on the desktop. It is also found on the mobile app. However, there is no group voice call option.

3.     End-to-end encryption

As with WhatsApp, all messages exchanged on Signal are end-to-end encryption. This means that all messages exchanged with your friends will be visible to you and your friend only, and not to anyone else.

4.     Dark Mode

Signal also offers dark and light mode options. The interface can be changed to light or dark as needed by going to the settings menu, clicking on Appearance, and enabling the dark / light theme.

5.     Reading mark

There is a sign to read as there is in WhatsApp. You can enable or disable this feature whenever required. Enabling the red flag means that your contacts will be able to know whether you have read from their messages or not. Disabling the option means that they will not be able to know when or if you have read their message.

Is Signal better than WhatsApp?

It’s hard to say this at this point. This is because WhatsApp is used by millions of users worldwide and is one of the most popular messaging platforms in the world. The platform has become a part of our lives and replacing it is a difficult task. However, there is a fact that many users in the world have deleted WhatsApp and switched to Signal. Adaptation to Signal should be easy since both platforms have similar user interfaces and contain very similar features to each other. Signal has been downloaded by millions of users worldwide.

How to download Signal?

The Signal app can be downloaded on Android from the Google Play Store, and on iPhone from the Apple App Store. The application size for iPhone is 133.5 MB, and on Android phones, 96.7 MB. This means that Signal will not take up much space on your phone and that there is enough mobile data to download the app.

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