Signal is a popular messaging application that allows you to send and receive encrypted messages across various different platforms, whether that be Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and even iOS. Signal has gained immense popularity over the years due to the fact that it works across all platforms. Using Signal, you can also make voice-over-IP voice calls, and send image messages. Signal also supports auto-deleting messages, security features, and various other neat communication must have’s. Overall Signal is a unique messaging service, that offers immense security.
If you own a Mac, and would like to use Signal, then you’re in luck, because the process to install Signal is very easy. All you’ll need is an iPhone or Android will an active cell number, the Signal client for that cell phone, and the Signal client for the desktop. If you have all this, along with a working internet connection, follow the instructions below to use Signal on your Mac.
Setup Signal on Your Mac
Though this tutorial focuses on setting up Signal on your Mac, the setup process is almost identical when it comes to setting up Signal on your Windows PC or Linux system. In order to get started and set up Signal on your Mac, follow the simple instructions below.
1. Get and setup Signal on your iPhone or Android device. You must have a working phone number, in order to do this.
2. Download and install the Signal client for your Mac.
3. Drag the Signal.app file into your /Applications folder.
4. Launch Signal.
5. You’ll now see a QR code. You must go back to your iPhone or Android device in order to complete the setup process.
6. Launch Signal on your iPhone or Android device, depending on whichever is applicable.
7. Tap on the Settings icon. It’s the icon shaped like a gear in the top left corner of the screen.
8. Tap on Linked Devices.
9. Choose Link New Device – Scan QR Code and point your phones camera at the QR code on the screen of your Mac.
10. After your Mac recognizes the QR code, the connection will be confirmed. Give your Mac an appropriate name.
It’s as simple as that. You’re done. You can now use Signal on your Mac. As stated above, you can use the above method on your Windows PC and Linux system, as well. Please note that you will not be able to use Signal to send iMessages or SMS text messages. Signal can only be used to communicate with other Signal users.
This is because Signal uses end-to-end encryption and involving any other messaging service, would break this encryption. Signal prides itself on providing you with an extra layer of security when messaging your friends and colleagues, and it makes sense it wouldn’t jeopardize that security, under any circumstance. Signal is open source software, so you can feel free to look around in the source code, if you wish to do so.