Signal is a secure messaging app that takes your privacy very seriously. By default, messages only go to your phone, but you can add other devices that receive copies so you can chat from your computers and tablets. Here’s how to manage the devices that can access your Signal account.
How to see your paired devices
Signal uses your phone number to identify who you are, which means you have to sign up and log in with your smartphone to use the service. Once you̵
You can only use one ‘mobile device’ at a time with Signal, but you can pair up to five other devices, such as tablets or laptops. This means you can only associate one primary iPhone or Android smartphone with your account at a time. You must register Signal again if you want to switch from Android to iPhone or vice versa.
To see existing paired devices or to add more, open Signal on your primary smartphone and tap your profile icon in the top left corner of the screen. Tap “Paired Devices” in the menu that appears to see all the other devices you have added. Tap the plus button or the “Pair new device” button to add another device with a QR code.
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Disable paired devices in Signal
Your main Signal device, your primary smartphone, can be used to unpair all connected devices. To do this, reveal your paired devices by tapping your profile icon in the top left corner of the app.
Then choose “Linked Devices” from the menu that appears.
To unpair a device, swipe left over it and tap the “Unlink” button that appears. At the bottom of the screen you will be asked to confirm your decision.
If you try to send messages with an unpaired device, you will see a warning message to let you know that you must pair your device again to resume normal use.
Unlinking a device will also delete all chat history on that device as conversations are not transferred to newly paired devices for security reasons.
The Rise of Secure Messaging Apps
Signal is part of a rising trend in secure messaging apps. Perhaps its biggest rival is Telegram, with both platforms jostling for WhatsApp refugees shocked by the service’s commitment to sharing data with parent company Facebook. However, Telegram doesn’t always use end-to-end encryption like Signal does.
Learn more about Telegram and Signal or choose a different secure messaging app to protect your privacy.
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