The secure messaging platform is working on a feature that will make it easy for users to migrate their Signal account including chats to another or a new device. For now, Signal users need to follow several steps to migrate their account including taking a local backup, transferring the backup file to another device and using the file to restore their data. The feature is currently in beta and should release for all users soon. The exact timeline hasn’t been revealed by the company yet. Also Read - COVID-19 vaccine for all above 18 years : How to register for COVID vaccine on CoWIN website, Aarogya Setu app
Signal to bring this new feature
A report coming from TestingCatalogue suggests that the messaging platform could soon bring a new feature to create backup and migration process much easier than ever before. With this, Signal will definitely aim to take on the likes of other messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, which offers an easy way to migrate account between devices. Also Read - Top 5 Realme 8 5G alternatives: Poco X3, Moto G40 Fusion, Redmi Note 10 Pro, more
The report stated, “Your next upgrade deserves an upgrade. Quickly and securely transfer your Signal information to a brand-new Android phone. Use the end-to-end encrypted migration feature to move your account and messages from an old device to a new device over a private local Wi-Fi Direct connection.”
This feature will implement end-to-end encryption for backup files and this will make the back up and transfer data process to another device secure than before.
How to use the Signal migrate account feature
– Users part of the Signal’s beta programme should already be able to see the ‘Transfer Account’ feature
– Next, head over to the Settings menu and scroll down to the ‘Chats’ section
– Tap on the Transfer Account option
– Next, select Transfer from Android device when prompted
– Tap on ‘Continue’.
Once this is done, migrate your account to the new device. During the process, the feature uses Wi-Fi Direct to migrate accounts, hence, ensure to keep the new and old devices in close proximity.