The Signal is one of the emerging cross-platform messaging services out there. The privacy-focused messaging service offers end-to-end encryption to keep your messages secure.
While Signal is a relatively new messaging service, it offers almost all the features you get in other messaging services like WhatsApp. From group chats to video calls to GIFs, Signal offers them all. The best part is that it is completely free and ad-free.
PC users might want to install Signal to read and send messages right from their computers without touching the smartphone. Luckily, just like WhatsApp, Signal also allows its users to install and use Signal on both Windows and Mac in addition to smartphones.
If you are on a Windows 10 PC, you will be glad to know that you can officially install and use Signal on Windows 10 without any issues.
NOTE: To use Signal on Windows 10 or Mac, you must have installed and set up Signal on your smartphone first. Without installing Signal on your smartphone, you cannot use Signal on Windows 10 or Mac. So, make sure that Signal is installed and configured on your smartphone before proceeding further.
Installing Signal on a Windows 10 computer
Step 1: The first step is to get the official Signal installer for Windows 10. Visit this official download page and download the latest version of Signal for Windows 10.
Step 2: Run the installer and follow the easy-to-understand on-screen instructions to complete the installation.
Step 3: Launch the Signal on your PC to get the following screen with a QR code.
Step 4: To sign in to Signal on your PC, as said before, you need the Signal app installed on your smartphone. So, open the Signal app on your smartphone.
Step 5: On your smartphone, navigate to Signal app Settings > Linked Devices and then tap Link New Device (iOS) or Plus icon (Android). Scan the QR code to begin using Signal on your computer.
Step 6: On your smartphone, when you get the confirmation prompt, tap the Link New Device option.
Step 7: Finally, on your computer, you will get the following screen where you can change or keep the default name for the computer. Click on the Finish linking phone button to begin using Signal on your Windows 10 computer. The Signal desktop application might take a few seconds to sync your messages and contacts.
Remember that Signal for PC or Mac requires Signal app installed smartphone connected to the internet.
Signal Desktop for Windows 10 keyboard shortcuts
As is the case with WhatsApp Desktop, the Signal desktop program also offers numerous keyboard shortcuts. To view all keyboard shortcuts, click on the Help menu and then click the Show keyboard shortcuts option.