Signal Private Messenger

Signal Private Messenger

Signal Foundation

Say “hello” to privacy.

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  • img Community
    Imagine a family member is calling you saying they need cash and they have your credit card but don’t know the pin. It’s never safe to share private information online, but sometimes you have to do it. In these dire moments, it’s best to use heavy-encrypted messengers.
    img by sarah
    3 years ago
  • img Community
    When you are 1000s of miles away from your family and friends, you want to be able to keep in touch with them. Signal is highly recommended. It allows you to text, send pictures, and more. It's ideal for any member of the military.
    img by John
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Chat safely with 100% open source end-to-end encryption. Participate in high voice and video calls. Send and receive secure messages quickly even on slow networks. Select custom alerts for your contacts or disable notification sounds. Edit and crop outgoing photos with the inbuilt image editor.
    img by Ananta
    1 year ago
  • img Expert
    1. Private Group Chats let you to talk with multiple friends, family, or coworkers at once without risking your private information
    2. Send media attachments safely and securely! No matter what it is you want to share, do so without worry
    3. Whether you're calling someone a street away or across an entire ocean, enjoy calls so clear it's like you're in the same room
  • BOOK DOOR TO SIGNAL APP EXPOSED Sep 29, 2020

    By FreeMagneticEnergy
    The service has now become pretty much useless. I no longer receive an audible or visual notice when people send me a message. Only once I click on the Signal icon do the alerts actually come in. Now I have to keep opening the app to check for messages. This is not the case with other messaging platforms. Yes, I allow full permissions for Signal. Additionally, I came here to update, but I dare not as Signal now allows third party stickers/ads. This now opens up a backdoor for hackers. Soon, Signal will shut down all users that don’t update. I use to boast how secure Signal was. Obviously the developers of Signal had long term plans to monetize their once highly secure communication service? What do we expect for Free anyway? Obviously Signal’s original Mission Statement has changed. Third party advertising has now become a security concern. I’m only here as a means to communicate with other hi level parties who feel safe using this app. That’s now going to change as word gets out that a backdoor for advertising has been installed in Signal’s app. Though no communication service is bullet proof, adding an additional layer of script to monetize Signal, (in my opinion) opens up a serious security breach that will eventually be exploited by hackers. Signal is not the only game in town. Once I get all of my contacts to migrate to a more secure app, I’ll be uninstalling Signal, as it doesn't alert me any more anyway. Cheers!
  • May 5, 2022

    By Elizabeth P. Kuriyan
    Best messaging app (and I've tried many). Also great for making crystal clear calls. Great for sharing photos etc. One feature I love is how we can customize each conversation with a special wallpaper and color. This kind of personalization makes it FUN! Other features I love are disappearing messages, the privacy, the "note to self" feature, ability to send voice messages.
  • May 16, 2022

    By 1 W
    Very difficult to send images, not at all an intuitive or fast interface. Also produces an annoying and unhelpful warning message whenever you try to save images. You can't send videos at all. Good for important stuff, but for casual conversation, it loses a lot. Since my phone requires a "default" app for texting people, I end up using it for both. Needs some UE improvement, but functionally it's fantastic.
  • Mixed bag Oct 23, 2020

    By George McFly 2
    Lots of features (Gify, stickers, reacts, self destructing messages), but it requires you to give out your phone number to everyone you talk to, does not allow specifying a different server, and beyond those privacy concerns, it has gone downhill lately in terms of usability and security as well. It now it forces a PIN even if you don’t want one. Private keys are sent through the server to enable moving from one device to another. Signal used to store private keys in hardware and it was impossible to export them. This ensured that nobody could ever covertly get your key. They removed this security protection and do not even provide an option to use the more secure key storage. The Signal developers could have enabled a smooth device transfer and kept the keys in hardware by having the old key sign the new one so others will 1.) know that the new key is new 2.) know that it is legitimate, and 3.) be able to verify the move using another communication channel if they suspect something is amiss. The Signal developers decided against this. Given the developers’ recent decisions, and their unwillingness to allow people to use their system without divulging their phone numbers, earns this app 3 stars. If they put more focus on privacy, security, and allowed connecting to private servers, it could easily be a 5-star app.
  • May 20, 2022

    By Ann M
    I love how user friendly this app is. It's actually more private than WhatsApp, your messages are end to end encrypted. This means you get to download pictures and videos sent to you on your phone. With WhatsApp everything is saved to your phone automatically whether you like to or not which sucks. I love the disappearing message feature in case you want to delete some posts after a certain time the emojis are on point, the call n video quality are good, it's a great messaging app overall. 💖❤❤
  • May 21, 2022

    By Tom Ford
    Works very well. Audio calls are good quality. Any more WhatsApp constantly drops calls and is very unreliable for that. I also like the feature of being able to delete messages after a certain time period so it does not keep eating storage space on my device.
  • BOOK DOOR TO SIGNAL APP EXPOSED Sep 29, 2020

    By FreeMagneticEnergy
    The service has now become pretty much useless. I no longer receive an audible or visual notice when people send me a message. Only once I click on the Signal icon do the alerts actually come in. Now I have to keep opening the app to check for messages. This is not the case with other messaging platforms. Yes, I allow full permissions for Signal. Additionally, I came here to update, but I dare not as Signal now allows third party stickers/ads. This now opens up a backdoor for hackers. Soon, Signal will shut down all users that don’t update. I use to boast how secure Signal was. Obviously the developers of Signal had long term plans to monetize their once highly secure communication service? What do we expect for Free anyway? Obviously Signal’s original Mission Statement has changed. Third party advertising has now become a security concern. I’m only here as a means to communicate with other hi level parties who feel safe using this app. That’s now going to change as word gets out that a backdoor for advertising has been installed in Signal’s app. Though no communication service is bullet proof, adding an additional layer of script to monetize Signal, (in my opinion) opens up a serious security breach that will eventually be exploited by hackers. Signal is not the only game in town. Once I get all of my contacts to migrate to a more secure app, I’ll be uninstalling Signal, as it doesn't alert me any more anyway. Cheers!
  • May 5, 2022

    By Elizabeth P. Kuriyan
    Best messaging app (and I've tried many). Also great for making crystal clear calls. Great for sharing photos etc. One feature I love is how we can customize each conversation with a special wallpaper and color. This kind of personalization makes it FUN! Other features I love are disappearing messages, the privacy, the "note to self" feature, ability to send voice messages.
  • May 16, 2022

    By 1 W
    Very difficult to send images, not at all an intuitive or fast interface. Also produces an annoying and unhelpful warning message whenever you try to save images. You can't send videos at all. Good for important stuff, but for casual conversation, it loses a lot. Since my phone requires a "default" app for texting people, I end up using it for both. Needs some UE improvement, but functionally it's fantastic.
  • Mixed bag Oct 23, 2020

    By George McFly 2
    Lots of features (Gify, stickers, reacts, self destructing messages), but it requires you to give out your phone number to everyone you talk to, does not allow specifying a different server, and beyond those privacy concerns, it has gone downhill lately in terms of usability and security as well. It now it forces a PIN even if you don’t want one. Private keys are sent through the server to enable moving from one device to another. Signal used to store private keys in hardware and it was impossible to export them. This ensured that nobody could ever covertly get your key. They removed this security protection and do not even provide an option to use the more secure key storage. The Signal developers could have enabled a smooth device transfer and kept the keys in hardware by having the old key sign the new one so others will 1.) know that the new key is new 2.) know that it is legitimate, and 3.) be able to verify the move using another communication channel if they suspect something is amiss. The Signal developers decided against this. Given the developers’ recent decisions, and their unwillingness to allow people to use their system without divulging their phone numbers, earns this app 3 stars. If they put more focus on privacy, security, and allowed connecting to private servers, it could easily be a 5-star app.
  • May 20, 2022

    By Ann M
    I love how user friendly this app is. It's actually more private than WhatsApp, your messages are end to end encrypted. This means you get to download pictures and videos sent to you on your phone. With WhatsApp everything is saved to your phone automatically whether you like to or not which sucks. I love the disappearing message feature in case you want to delete some posts after a certain time the emojis are on point, the call n video quality are good, it's a great messaging app overall. 💖❤❤
  • May 21, 2022

    By Tom Ford
    Works very well. Audio calls are good quality. Any more WhatsApp constantly drops calls and is very unreliable for that. I also like the feature of being able to delete messages after a certain time period so it does not keep eating storage space on my device.
  • Why did you get rid of unlimited bandwidth? Mar 17, 2022

    By Lewisstructure
    I have gotten so many people on this app since many years ago. Then I tried to send a big file and it has a limiter on it now. So I had to go to Telegram for large file transfers. They have to be 100% secure. I thought Telegram and you were the same company or related. But a recent article on secure apps said Telegram is not open-source. I thought I remember it being that. Anyway, when faceBook bought WhatsApp I went on there and told about 50-people on it that the data mining user abuser Zuckerberg bought this company and top people that started the app bailed over questionable “tweaks” he wanted them to do so they each resigned as got worse and now all are gone. At least the privacy-pillars of the company. This was 5-star all the way until you did away with unlimited bandwidth. Why?? Does it clog or bottleneck the system? How can Telegram get away with it and you can’t? Any plausible way of brining it back? It really the only app I fully trust besides just encrypting and decrypting with keys. Which is a pain and has its limitations too. Huge, huge fan brought 30-40 people here from FB-WhatsApp. Just bring back the bandwidth please! I will change my review, promise.
  • May 9, 2022

    By Doni W
    Been using since March 2022 and so far it's been an easy, intuitive, safe way to communicate free of any noticable issues. As an Apple-to-Android convert a few years ago, I really appreciate having a messaging app again where I can react to specific text boxes. Phone calls have been exceptionally crisp sounding; texts are sent/received instantly (often message my partner in the next room and can hear the ding immediately). Overall I'm a fan!
  • Password Changed To iPhone Screen Password Oct 11, 2021

    By Cris Kringle
    I was really happy to begin to use Signal because I was reading reviews that said that the telegram app is owned now by Google which is a spy/database of everything you ever use the Internet for. I read that there is a button you need to push in Telegram settings to make your communications private. Probably most people never find out about that. I felt it was a betrayal of trust. I thought that signal was more trustworthy. However, I did see there was also a similar setting in signal that may be exactly like telegram. I guess true privacy is impossible? One other puzzling thing is that after entering my new signal password I discovered that when I tried to use it for the first time (and ever since then), the locked screen password entry page for my iPhone pops up instead. Does it give Apple text-message-censorship capabilities in Signal’s app? My entire intent is to have greater privacy, not to have my personal (I thought) text messages leaked to ... anyone.
  • Apr 25, 2022

    By M. Shane Britton
    The most comprehensive, feature-packed and secure messaging app available for the Android OS. Intuitive UI, streamlined interface, customization ready, user-friendly, and highly secure end-to-end encryption by default to ensure your privacy and data security. Simple to set up with your existing mobile phone number or an anonymous burner number. Send and receive lightning fast text messages over WiFi or cellular data. Also, HD voice calling is available. Open source and always free.
  • The accessibility for the blind is getting worse and worse Apr 20, 2022

    By DarkSquared42
    This actually affects everyone, but why in the world did they take away the audible notifications of incoming messages, when you have a thread open. It’s necessary to keep checking back to see if a new message came in. It is now easier to lock the phone between each message to just hear when a new message comes in. This was a really stupid change. They added these nice new reactions you can make to messages, just like iMessage. I can put them on other peoples messages, but since I’m blind and they didn’t bother making those reactions accessible to voiceover, I can’t tell if anyone reacts to my messages or how they reacted, or if the correct reaction got on a message I reacted to. And as I’m reading through messages in an open thread, sometimes the screen will just randomly scroll to messages from six weeks ago or something. It says loading Messages, or something like that, and the next thing I know I’m looking at a conversation from a month ago. Then I have to find the scroll bar, and drag it all the way back down to the bottom, or kill the app and open it again, in order to get back to where I was just reading. And if what I was reading was a very involved detailed message, I have to start back over from the beginning of it. They have really forgotten about voiceover users in the last several versions.
  • Stickers have broken the app, unusable now Dec 25, 2019

    By ncg444
    I was a very happy customer of this app since I found out about it but the insane race to the lowest common denominator, adding “stickers” to an app whose main purpose is secure and reliable communications have broken the application. Messages do not send, or send after hours, and in one epic case over a day later. No other application has an issue connecting to the internet or sending messages, including WhatsApp and FB Messenger. The “sending” icon gets stuck and nothing happens. If you go to the settings, you can see the “network status” switching between “connected” “connecting” and “offline” And before anyone blames my settings, I made sure the app has all the recommended rights, low battery mode is disabled and no app or connection restrictions are set on the app. This happens on both WiFi and LTE, so it is not tied to a bad WiFi or data connection, especially since I have tested it on multiple WiFi networks and not just my home one. So, tl; dr, add stickers, make communications impossible. Great move , I hope people enjoy their little cats and stuff while I look for a proper secure communications app...
  • Apr 9, 2022

    By Sagar Bhambhani
    Worst thing is when I'm on call connected to Wi-Fi, after a while, the Wi-Fi disconnects and connects via mobile data. I have to manually toggle the Wi-Fi on my phone to connect. The voice breaks a lot on this app and not when I use any other app. When I call and turn off screen before they answer, they cannot hear me. Other than that, Simple and clean interface. No clutter or fancy stuff. No story or status nonsense. Just chat and calls.
  • img Community
    Imagine a family member is calling you saying they need cash and they have your credit card but don’t know the pin. It’s never safe to share private information online, but sometimes you have to do it. In these dire moments, it’s best to use heavy-encrypted messengers.
    img by sarah
    3 years ago
  • img Community
    When you are 1000s of miles away from your family and friends, you want to be able to keep in touch with them. Signal is highly recommended. It allows you to text, send pictures, and more. It's ideal for any member of the military.
    img by John
    2 years ago
  • img Community
    Chat safely with 100% open source end-to-end encryption. Participate in high voice and video calls. Send and receive secure messages quickly even on slow networks. Select custom alerts for your contacts or disable notification sounds. Edit and crop outgoing photos with the inbuilt image editor.
    img by Ananta
    1 year ago
  • img Expert
    1. Private Group Chats let you to talk with multiple friends, family, or coworkers at once without risking your private information
    2. Send media attachments safely and securely! No matter what it is you want to share, do so without worry
    3. Whether you're calling someone a street away or across an entire ocean, enjoy calls so clear it's like you're in the same room
  • BOOK DOOR TO SIGNAL APP EXPOSED Sep 29, 2020

    By FreeMagneticEnergy
    The service has now become pretty much useless. I no longer receive an audible or visual notice when people send me a message. Only once I click on the Signal icon do the alerts actually come in. Now I have to keep opening the app to check for messages. This is not the case with other messaging platforms. Yes, I allow full permissions for Signal. Additionally, I came here to update, but I dare not as Signal now allows third party stickers/ads. This now opens up a backdoor for hackers. Soon, Signal will shut down all users that don’t update. I use to boast how secure Signal was. Obviously the developers of Signal had long term plans to monetize their once highly secure communication service? What do we expect for Free anyway? Obviously Signal’s original Mission Statement has changed. Third party advertising has now become a security concern. I’m only here as a means to communicate with other hi level parties who feel safe using this app. That’s now going to change as word gets out that a backdoor for advertising has been installed in Signal’s app. Though no communication service is bullet proof, adding an additional layer of script to monetize Signal, (in my opinion) opens up a serious security breach that will eventually be exploited by hackers. Signal is not the only game in town. Once I get all of my contacts to migrate to a more secure app, I’ll be uninstalling Signal, as it doesn't alert me any more anyway. Cheers!
  • May 5, 2022

    By Elizabeth P. Kuriyan
    Best messaging app (and I've tried many). Also great for making crystal clear calls. Great for sharing photos etc. One feature I love is how we can customize each conversation with a special wallpaper and color. This kind of personalization makes it FUN! Other features I love are disappearing messages, the privacy, the "note to self" feature, ability to send voice messages.
  • May 20, 2022

    By Ann M
    I love how user friendly this app is. It's actually more private than WhatsApp, your messages are end to end encrypted. This means you get to download pictures and videos sent to you on your phone. With WhatsApp everything is saved to your phone automatically whether you like to or not which sucks. I love the disappearing message feature in case you want to delete some posts after a certain time the emojis are on point, the call n video quality are good, it's a great messaging app overall. 💖❤❤
  • May 21, 2022

    By Tom Ford
    Works very well. Audio calls are good quality. Any more WhatsApp constantly drops calls and is very unreliable for that. I also like the feature of being able to delete messages after a certain time period so it does not keep eating storage space on my device.
  • May 9, 2022

    By Doni W
    Been using since March 2022 and so far it's been an easy, intuitive, safe way to communicate free of any noticable issues. As an Apple-to-Android convert a few years ago, I really appreciate having a messaging app again where I can react to specific text boxes. Phone calls have been exceptionally crisp sounding; texts are sent/received instantly (often message my partner in the next room and can hear the ding immediately). Overall I'm a fan!
  • Apr 25, 2022

    By M. Shane Britton
    The most comprehensive, feature-packed and secure messaging app available for the Android OS. Intuitive UI, streamlined interface, customization ready, user-friendly, and highly secure end-to-end encryption by default to ensure your privacy and data security. Simple to set up with your existing mobile phone number or an anonymous burner number. Send and receive lightning fast text messages over WiFi or cellular data. Also, HD voice calling is available. Open source and always free.
  • Thanks for adding multiple selected photo saving feature😍 and one more thing to add🤔 Dec 13, 2021

    By Galib (The Player)
    When I first installed signal after quitting Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and Whatsapp🤬, I loved the app because of its concern for user privacy. Specially for End-to-End Encryption.😍 But the. After using some days I found that, i cant save photos and videos directly to my gallery. I was very disappointed because downloading every picture one by one bye opening them was very amnoying. But eventually you fixed this😍😍 Thank you so much for this thing. This was the only feature for what i used telegram. But Signal still need one more thing to do. Work on your stickers. Signal stickers are not that much unique and impression making just like Telegram. Telegram has the best emoji amd sticker with animations and everyone loves this. Please work on your stickers. & yes. Never betray your audience. Never share users data to any data brokers. Its a request. 😇 wish you all the best 🥰
  • Amazing! 🥰 Apr 8, 2021

    By Skye829
    The perfect app. I love this for my long distance relationship. We don’t have to spend tons of money for international calls, we just use signal. Plus we each have tons of sticker packs and have so much fun sending the stickers and leaving each other voice messages. Love the sense of privacy as well. It’s great that signal also saves all your photos. I can easily go back and find his selfies or video attachments. Even a search feature for the chat so I can find a specific conversation if needed. Couldn’t hardly ask for a better app. The only suggestions I would have is to have an edit option (like discord has) so I can fix typos easily. And I would like to be able to have that “delete for everyone” option be always available. Especially since all the media we send stays under the media tab, it would be nice to clear out photos or videos we don’t need anymore. Thanks a bunch !
  • Apr 30, 2022

    By Aoi Green
    My only complaint is I wish I could receive/send my normal text messages on the desktop app as well. Maybe you can do some kind of proxying thing through the app on the phone. You know Google's messaging app has a web interface option that lets you send and receive SMS from the desktop. I'm not saying you have to do it that way but I am saying add normal SMS text messaging to the desktop app please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Mar 9, 2022

    By Anthony Sawyer
    Works great! I do have a problem where when I call someone and I'm using any Bluetooth device, they won't be able to hear me but I can hear them. Hanging up and making a second call always clears up the issue though. Voice calls come through clear whether I'm on WiFi or cellular however they don't transition. If I switch networks, I need to hang up and call again which usually isn't an issue. Definitely my go-to app for chat and voice. Good solution for the privacy minded individual.
  • Why did you get rid of unlimited bandwidth? Mar 17, 2022

    By Lewisstructure
    I have gotten so many people on this app since many years ago. Then I tried to send a big file and it has a limiter on it now. So I had to go to Telegram for large file transfers. They have to be 100% secure. I thought Telegram and you were the same company or related. But a recent article on secure apps said Telegram is not open-source. I thought I remember it being that. Anyway, when faceBook bought WhatsApp I went on there and told about 50-people on it that the data mining user abuser Zuckerberg bought this company and top people that started the app bailed over questionable “tweaks” he wanted them to do so they each resigned as got worse and now all are gone. At least the privacy-pillars of the company. This was 5-star all the way until you did away with unlimited bandwidth. Why?? Does it clog or bottleneck the system? How can Telegram get away with it and you can’t? Any plausible way of brining it back? It really the only app I fully trust besides just encrypting and decrypting with keys. Which is a pain and has its limitations too. Huge, huge fan brought 30-40 people here from FB-WhatsApp. Just bring back the bandwidth please! I will change my review, promise.
  • Password Changed To iPhone Screen Password Oct 11, 2021

    By Cris Kringle
    I was really happy to begin to use Signal because I was reading reviews that said that the telegram app is owned now by Google which is a spy/database of everything you ever use the Internet for. I read that there is a button you need to push in Telegram settings to make your communications private. Probably most people never find out about that. I felt it was a betrayal of trust. I thought that signal was more trustworthy. However, I did see there was also a similar setting in signal that may be exactly like telegram. I guess true privacy is impossible? One other puzzling thing is that after entering my new signal password I discovered that when I tried to use it for the first time (and ever since then), the locked screen password entry page for my iPhone pops up instead. Does it give Apple text-message-censorship capabilities in Signal’s app? My entire intent is to have greater privacy, not to have my personal (I thought) text messages leaked to ... anyone.
  • Mar 17, 2022

    By Gracie Mae
    Great app! However I think it's lacking in privacy for not having the ability to choose who can see your phone number in group chats. Telegram has the ability for a user to choose to change who can see their phone number to only people in their contacts or to no one. Signal should get that feature as well for more privacy and then it'd be perfect.
  • Mar 2, 2022

    By Johnnie Clark
    Great app. Things to improve: 1. .gif files don't work in the app. You have to download them which is frustrating. 2. You can't take video from within the app. 3. In group messages it would be nice to be able to tell who in the group has viewed the msg. ICQ has that function; it is useful for business. 4. I'm not sure why but some old messages can not be deleted for all. When some info I send out to my team is irrelevant or updated I like to delete the old messages for all but can not do so.
  • Feature Request... Jan 17, 2021

    By Randy MM
    I know you guys are busy of late with user migrating over. I have had the app since it’s release. One thing I was wondering is if Send with Siri functionality will be added in any upcoming future release. Where this really comes in handy is 2 fold for me; 1. In the car with CarPlay, so I can just speak the message without needing to see the screen. 2. Anywhere else I might be in iOS, like a WEB Page & want to share that with a friend. While the Signal app, shows in the list of app, that takes multiple taps to invoke the send option, but for apps that support it, users & the respective app, will show as a “recent” item, which allows you to save multiple steps in selecting both the app & the person to deliver it to in a single touch. Even the most recent update this week, added an extra step to have to tap (tho I know it allows for sending to multiple people). So, I would love to see sending with Siri & iOS share sheet “Recent” support. RMM
  • Latest update of app doesn’t show attachments Dec 25, 2018

    By dasprague
    Love the app, and until this last version I would say that all it really needed was a way to assign any custom iPhone alert to an incoming message. The current version gives options, but doesn’t allow you to use any alerts on the phone. That, however, is a customization, so no big deal, but this last version broke the attachments. Now when I attach anything from the Signal side or to Signal through the phone side, it doesn’t immediately show up. Sometimes you can exit the chat itself and go back in, and sometimes if you shut down the app and reopen they will show, but most of the time I have to wait for a reply for it to show, so I never know if it was sent. I’ve also noticed that it sometimes puts my messages in the wrong order. For instance, I will see the reply above the original message. That, too, eventually fixes itself but it’s very annoying and has only started happening since the newest version was installed.
  • Apr 1, 2022

    By Lawrence Austen
    Generally I find signal to be on a par with whattsapp, but there's no facility for highlighting a particular message when responding to it. I also find it a,owing an disconcerting that I have to send pictures one at a time when I have several I'd like to share. There appears to be a feature that should allow share more than one picture at a time, but if that's it, it doesn't work!
  • May 16, 2022

    By 1 W
    Very difficult to send images, not at all an intuitive or fast interface. Also produces an annoying and unhelpful warning message whenever you try to save images. You can't send videos at all. Good for important stuff, but for casual conversation, it loses a lot. Since my phone requires a "default" app for texting people, I end up using it for both. Needs some UE improvement, but functionally it's fantastic.
  • Mixed bag Oct 23, 2020

    By George McFly 2
    Lots of features (Gify, stickers, reacts, self destructing messages), but it requires you to give out your phone number to everyone you talk to, does not allow specifying a different server, and beyond those privacy concerns, it has gone downhill lately in terms of usability and security as well. It now it forces a PIN even if you don’t want one. Private keys are sent through the server to enable moving from one device to another. Signal used to store private keys in hardware and it was impossible to export them. This ensured that nobody could ever covertly get your key. They removed this security protection and do not even provide an option to use the more secure key storage. The Signal developers could have enabled a smooth device transfer and kept the keys in hardware by having the old key sign the new one so others will 1.) know that the new key is new 2.) know that it is legitimate, and 3.) be able to verify the move using another communication channel if they suspect something is amiss. The Signal developers decided against this. Given the developers’ recent decisions, and their unwillingness to allow people to use their system without divulging their phone numbers, earns this app 3 stars. If they put more focus on privacy, security, and allowed connecting to private servers, it could easily be a 5-star app.
  • May 1, 2022

    By Krysten Boland
    Lost the ability to send videos to those who don't have signal. I use signal as my text message app which is awesome. I don't have to check 3 different message apps. I was able to send short min or less videos to my friends who don't have signal. Now I can't even send a 10 second clip. Please fix this.
  • A WhatsApp hater Jan 21, 2021

    By Woutwat
    It needs to be as sufficient as WhatsApp. Multiple calls easier and able to share files, pics and videos etc. Needs a bit more work. I would like to be able to use it solely instead of relying on WhatsApp for the things that signal can’t. I do love signal but needs to be perfected !!!! ASAP. should be friendlier to conduct business as well personal stuff. WhatsApp is not better than signal. But Signal needs to grow some balls for all the people that just signed up for it. And not let them down. As they would look for another platform that can do all the aforementioned!!! Over all it’s a great app. For one. Sharing a file, image or a video is not possible when pushing the share button as the menu opens with all the other apps to share with. You can share with all except signal. As it freezes. You push on the signal icon and nothing happens. Then you’re forced to copy and paste it. It’s time consuming. Pls fix this issue as to maybe fix it to where you can also see WHEN a recipient read the msg. THAT WOULD BE GREAT. !!!
  • Not a true replacement for WhatsApp, doesn’t call consistently May 18, 2021

    By j micah
    I am unable to call my wife using Signal. We have poor cell phone reception in our apartment, so we regularly use WhatsApp to call each other when one of us is at home but the other is not. I have tried to call my wife using Signal multiple times without success, however, WhatsApp and FaceTime will complete the call no problem. I am able to call friends and family who are in another country, but not my wife. Messages work fine, only audio and video calls to her don’t work. If Signal wants to truly take some of WhatsApp’s user base, they need to improve their software. Addendum: I am also having multiple issues trying to attach photos to messages. The app simply crashes when I try to attach photos from within the app. (This is on my iPhone and iPad.) I can send photos using the Photos app sharesheet, but not from within Signal. I keep hoping the next update will fix these issues, but they persist.
  • Cant send multiple pictures May 17, 2021

    By cmcfi
    I love the fact that signal has an end to end encryption, and we don’t have to worry about our data being collected and sold. However, my family and I recently moved from WhatsApp group chat to signal group chat. Sending multiple picturesOn the WhatsApp group chat was possible, but sending them on the signal group chat doesn’t seem to be. I have an iPhone XR, and I try to select multiple photos from inside the app to send to my family, but an error message appears for about a quarter of a second before disappearing, and doesn’t work. I also try going into my photos app, selecting multiple photos and sending them via signal that way, but it also doesn’t work. How can we make it so that we can send multiple pictures easily? I don’t have this problem with text message app, Facebook messenger app, WhatsApp, or telegram. Only signal. I want to keep using this app, but the photo problem makes it very hard
  • Mar 20, 2022

    By Elise I
    Lost 2 stars for a lot of trouble with delayed messages on this app with the secured messages. Sometimes I will be on my data connection looking at websites & using other online apps (indicating the connection is good) and the progress indicator will show the circle indicating that the messages have not gone through. I never know if the delay will be minutes or hours. For secure messages on the data, I just set it going and wait. Many times it only sends when I reach Wifi.

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  • The accessibility for the blind is getting worse and worse Apr 20, 2022

    By DarkSquared42
    This actually affects everyone, but why in the world did they take away the audible notifications of incoming messages, when you have a thread open. It’s necessary to keep checking back to see if a new message came in. It is now easier to lock the phone between each message to just hear when a new message comes in. This was a really stupid change. They added these nice new reactions you can make to messages, just like iMessage. I can put them on other peoples messages, but since I’m blind and they didn’t bother making those reactions accessible to voiceover, I can’t tell if anyone reacts to my messages or how they reacted, or if the correct reaction got on a message I reacted to. And as I’m reading through messages in an open thread, sometimes the screen will just randomly scroll to messages from six weeks ago or something. It says loading Messages, or something like that, and the next thing I know I’m looking at a conversation from a month ago. Then I have to find the scroll bar, and drag it all the way back down to the bottom, or kill the app and open it again, in order to get back to where I was just reading. And if what I was reading was a very involved detailed message, I have to start back over from the beginning of it. They have really forgotten about voiceover users in the last several versions.
  • Stickers have broken the app, unusable now Dec 25, 2019

    By ncg444
    I was a very happy customer of this app since I found out about it but the insane race to the lowest common denominator, adding “stickers” to an app whose main purpose is secure and reliable communications have broken the application. Messages do not send, or send after hours, and in one epic case over a day later. No other application has an issue connecting to the internet or sending messages, including WhatsApp and FB Messenger. The “sending” icon gets stuck and nothing happens. If you go to the settings, you can see the “network status” switching between “connected” “connecting” and “offline” And before anyone blames my settings, I made sure the app has all the recommended rights, low battery mode is disabled and no app or connection restrictions are set on the app. This happens on both WiFi and LTE, so it is not tied to a bad WiFi or data connection, especially since I have tested it on multiple WiFi networks and not just my home one. So, tl; dr, add stickers, make communications impossible. Great move , I hope people enjoy their little cats and stuff while I look for a proper secure communications app...
  • Apr 9, 2022

    By Sagar Bhambhani
    Worst thing is when I'm on call connected to Wi-Fi, after a while, the Wi-Fi disconnects and connects via mobile data. I have to manually toggle the Wi-Fi on my phone to connect. The voice breaks a lot on this app and not when I use any other app. When I call and turn off screen before they answer, they cannot hear me. Other than that, Simple and clean interface. No clutter or fancy stuff. No story or status nonsense. Just chat and calls.

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