Signal just gave WhatsApp users more reasons to change

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Following the major political debacle of WhatsApp (which they even tried to justify and which they then delayed), several alternatives to the messaging app such as Signal and Telegram have ramped up. As a result, developers frequently update their apps and add new features to meet user requests.

For example, Signal, one of WhatsApp’s competitors, received a new update on iOS that added much-needed features to the app.

As part of the recent update, Signal received a ton of customization features as well as some changes under the hood. This update supports animated stickers, chat wallpapers, call savers, and some user interface changes. Overall, this update is mainly aimed at users who are still on WhatsApp, as it brings a ton of missing features to the app.

Support for chat wallpapers

So, first of all, the support of chat wallpapers is finally appearing on Signal. Therefore, if you use the app on an iPhone, you will now be able to set wallpapers individually by each chat or set a general wallpaper for all your cats. This feature has been around WhatsApp for a long time, so Signal needed to add it as soon as possible to encourage users to switch from the Facebook-owned app.

Low-use data settings for calls

Besides, with this new update, users will now be able to minimize their data usage while making a call in Signal. We’ve recently seen developers include support for E2E encrypted video calls in the app. This time, they added low-data usage settings for calls to help users reduce their data consumption when making Signal calls using 3G, 4G, or 5G network connections.

This is also useful when you use a weak Wi-Fi network to make calls on Signal.

Integration of Signal chats in the iOS sharing window

Another interesting feature of the update is the integration of Signal chats directly into the iOS sharing window. This feature has also been around for a long time for WhatsApp chats. Developers have therefore added the option to keep Signal chats on the sharing window.

This way, you can share media from a third-party app directly with a Signal chat from the iOS sharing window.

Other features

Besides, developers note that they have improved the image compression technique to maintain the quality of images sent to cats. Users will also be able to see an expanded overview of the discussion list to better manage group threads. And while downloading media, users will now be able to pause and resume downloads on demand.


These are the main features of The latest Signal update. If you’re an iOS user, you can visit the App Store to update your app now. However, the 5.3 update is not yet available to Android users. All of these features are already available in the beta. So if you’re an Android user, you should get the updated stable very soon.

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