How to move your group chats from WhatsApp to Signal

Signal is an open-source messaging app that is privacy focused and is widely used by journalists, security experts, and academics across the globe. The Signal protocol also underpins WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption.  Signal is seeing a sudden increase in demand after larger rival WhatsApp’s updated terms of service raised eyebrows on social media.

If you are also concerned about privacy and security and considering to change platforms then Signal is a good choice.  In this guide, we detail a step-by-step process on how you can easily create a new group in Signal and ask members of an existing WhatsApp group to join the newly created Signal group.

  1. Open Signal on your phone.
  2. Select the action menu (three vertical dots) on the top right corner.
  3. Select New group
  4. You will need to add at least one contact to be able to set up a group in Signal. Pick a contact to get started.
  5. Tap the arrow to continue.
  6. Name the group and select Create to finish setting it up.
  7. In the group window, select the action menu (three vertical dots) on the top right corner.
  8. Tap Group settings.
  9. Tap Group link.
  10. Toggle Group link to On.
  11. Tap Share to get a shareable link to your group.
  12. Choose Copy to copy the unique URL to your group on Signal.

You can then paste the URL in your WhatsApp group chat to allow everyone to make the move to Signal. One of the hardest things to do when switching to a new messaging platform is convincing your family and friends to sign up.Thankfully, Signal makes it about as straightforward as possible to get started with the service, and there shouldn’t be any friction in transitioning to the platform.

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