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Signal secure messaging app plans to bring a new useful feature inspired by WhatsApp

Signal new feature inspired by WhatsApp coming soon: The secure messaging platform will soon bring the ability to let users migrate chats to new phone easily, securely.

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Signal got popular among Indian consumers after Tesla CEO Elon Musk asked his Twitter followers to join the messaging platform a few months ago. Many users have moved to the secure messaging platform after WhatsApp updated its privacy policy that reveals details of data it shares with parent company Facebook. While Signal is gaining traction among Indian users, it misses out on a lot of features that WhatsApp or even Telegram offers. Over the past few months we have seen Signal add new features to improve the overall user experience. It now plans to add another integral feature that users have been waiting for a long time. Also Read - Mi 11 Ultra, Mi 11X Pro, Mi 11X and Mi TV QLED 75-inch India launch today: How to watch livestream

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.

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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.

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  • Published Date: March 16, 2021 11:15 AM IST
  • Updated Date: March 16, 2021 6:00 PM IST



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