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Signal Private Messenger for Android

By Open Whisper Systems Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of Signal Private Messenger

  • Communicate instantly, chat in real time, and share media, all with complete privacy
  • Last updated on 11/15/19
  • There have been 1 update within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon
  • Also available on iOS and Windows

Editors' Review

shelbybrown May 9, 2018

The free Signal communications service from Open Whisper Systems lets you hold end-to-end encrypted text, voice, and video chats to keep your messages private and secure.

Pros

Secure communications: Signal uses end-to-end encryption to create a secure communication channel between Signal users. For encryption, the app uses Open Whisper Systems' own Signal Protocol, which is also used by WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Google Allo to encrypt messages. The app is endorsed by the PrivacyTools.io site.

Tied to your phone number: The app uses your phone number to authorize your account, letting you use Signal without having to create a username or password. Through the app, connect with others through their numbers as well.

Chat or make voice or video calls: With the app, you can chat with other Android users as well as those using the Signal app on iOS, Windows, and Mac. You can also chat over Wi-Fi and your carrier's network.

One-to-one or group messaging: You can chat securely with an individual Signal user or with a group by first sorting those you want to communicate with into a group (by tapping the menu in the top-right corner and selecting New group) and then starting up starting up a chat.

Can also send unsecured SMS/MMS messages: If you long-press the blue Send icon, it turns gray, letting you send an insecure SMS message to a contact.

Cons

Your account is tied to one device, and the Android version doesn't work on tablets: Your account connects just to one device through your phone number, so you can't use Signal on multiple devices. For Android, the app does work on tablets, although the company says it's working on adding support for the larger devices.

A subset of your contacts will be available to chat: Unless you have a very privacy-focused circle of friends, you'll find using Signal gives you a limited group to chat with. Tap the blue Pencil icon to see which of your contacts are available to message with.

Group messages require creating a group first: You can't add friends to a group chat on the fly. You need to build a group list to have group chat.

Bottom Line

The free Signal app for Android lets you keep your chats private and secure, using end-to-end encryption. The only downside is that you need the person you're communicating with to be on Signal, too, to ensure you have end-to-end encryption.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.49.18

Support for Bengali, Bosanski, Malay (Bahasa Melayu), Marathi, Tamil, and Urdu. We would like to thank all of the volunteer translators who made this possible.

General

Release November 15, 2019
Date Added November 15, 2019
Version 4.49.18

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 2,454
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

Privacy is possible, Signal makes it easy.

Using Signal, you can communicate instantly while avoiding SMS fees, create groups so that you can chat in real time with all your friends at once, and share media or attachments all with complete privacy. The server never has access to any of your communication and never stores any of your data.

Say Anything. Signal uses an advanced end to end encryption protocol that provides privacy for every message every time.

Open Source. Signal is Free and Open Source, enabling anyone to verify its security by auditing the code. Signal is the only private messenger that uses open source peer-reviewed cryptographic protocols to keep your messages safe.

Be Yourself - Signal uses your existing phone number and address book. There are no separate logins, usernames, passwords, or PINs to manage or lose.

Group Chat. Signal allows you to create encrypted groups so you can have private conversations with all your friends at once. Not only are the messages encrypted, but the Signal server never has access to any group metadata such as the membership list, group title, or group icon.

Fast. The Signal protocol is designed to operate in the most constrained environment possible. Using Signal, messages are instantly delivered to friends.

Speak Freely - Make crystal-clear phone calls to people who live across town, or across the ocean, with no long-distance charges.

Signal is not currently compatible with tablets, but support for larger screens is on our roadmap and will be included in a future release!

For support, questions, or more information, please visit:

https://support.whispersystems.org

More details:

https://www.whispersystems.org/#encrypted_texts

Source code:

https://github.com/WhisperSystems/Signal-Android