How to use Signal in 2023 - beginner's guide



If you're new to this messaging app and wondering how to use Signal, we're here to provide you with guidance and assistance.

Signal is the most secure messaging app available, making it an attractive choice for those who prioritize robust privacy and top-tier security. However, for newcomers, navigating Signal's interface may pose a bit of a learning curve.

In this beginner's guide, we will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to use Signal and introduce you to some valuable privacy features of the app.

How to use the Signal app

The Signal app is used for sending text messages with end-to-end encryption and making voice and video calls with the same level of end-to-end encryption. The way to use is much like other messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram: install it on your phone and register your number.

Below, we'll discuss how to use the Signal app, covering key functionalities such as messaging and making calls.

How to get started with Signal

To get started with Signal, install the app on your mobile device. After installation, register with your phone number and verify it by entering the code sent via SMS. You will also need to set a 4-digit PIN to start using the app

How to message someone on Signal

To message someone on Signal, go to the "Chats" tab and tap the pencil icon. This will pull up contacts from your phone (if you enabled those permissions during set-up). Now simply tap on the contact you want to message and start typing.

How to audio or video call someone on Signal

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To audio or video call someone on Signal, head to the "Calls" tab and tap the telephone icon. From the list of contacts, select the person you wish to call, and then choose between an audio call or a video call, depending on your communication needs.

Privacy features to try

Signal, being a privacy-focused messaging app, offers a range of privacy features designed to enhance the safety and security of its users. These features can add an extra layer of protection to your digital communications.

Here are some useful privacy features on Signal:

  • Disappearing messages: New messages sent and received in chats you initiate will automatically disappear once the set time limit has passed.
  • Incognito keyboard: This feature requests the keyboard to disable personalized learning, ensuring your conversations remain confidential.
  • Blur out portions of images: This photo-editing feature detects faces and blurs them at the touch of a button. Users will also be able to manually blur areas in the photo.

To enable disappearing messages and the incognito keyboard, go to the 'Privacy' menu within 'Settings.' To use the blur feature, tap on the checkerboard icon once you capture or upload media. You may need to tap the pen icon to access the checkerboard icon.


How do people find you on Signal?

People can find you on Signal if they have your phone number saved in their contacts. When they do, your name, as it's saved in their phone's contacts, will automatically appear in their Signal contacts list.

Can strangers message me on Signal?

No, strangers cannot send you messages on Signal. The app ensures that only individuals with whom you've shared your phone number or who have your number saved in their contacts can send you messages.

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