Signal Desktop: Use Messenger on the PC – this is how it works with Windows, Linux & Mac

You can use the Messenger Signal conveniently on a Windows or Linux computer or on an iMac / Macbook. That’s how it’s done.

The most recent failure of Whatsapp obviously caused many users to search for alternatives to the popular messenger in panic. If you have now installed Messenger Signal, the following tip may help you.

We will show you how to set up and use the Messenger Signal on the desktop. With the free Signal-Deskop-App.

The advantage of Signal on the desktop

Just like Whatsapp, you can also use Signal on your desktop PC. With all the advantages: Better overview and faster typing thanks to the PC keyboard. And you don’t always have to use your smartphone to read or write messages.

Signal Desktop requirements

1. You must have installed Signal on your smartphone beforehand, so you cannot use Signal without a mobile phone. If you have not yet used Signal, please read our guide: How-to – Switching from WhatsApp to Signal.

2. You then need to install the appropriate Signal desktop app for your computer. Signal for the desktop is available for Windows, macOS and Linux distributions based on Debian such as Ubuntu. You can find the right application for your computer here.

Signal is also available as a plug-in for the Chrome browser, the download can be found here. Signal does not support other browsers, but this is not necessary due to the Signal apps for Windows, macOS and Linux. For this reason, the Chrome plug-in will not be further developed.


Click the download button, download the Signal desktop app and start the installation on your computer. The signal application now shows you a QR code on the monitor of your computer.

Now open the Signal app on your smartphone. Go with a tap on your profile picture to “Settings, Paired devices” and select “Pair new device” on iPhones and “>> + << - button” on androids. Scan the QR code on the monitor, confirm the pairing in the smartphone app.

You have to scan the QR code.

Give the now paired computer a name or use the suggested name and complete the pairing on the PC screen with another click. This coupling lasts until you remove the computer in your Signal smartphone app.

You have to confirm the pairing on the smartphone.


You have to confirm the pairing on the smartphone.

All groups and contacts are transferred from the smartphone to the computer. Existing chats are not transferred, however, on the computer the signal starts with “0” messages.

In the smartphone app, you will see a list of all connected devices under “Paired devices”. Each paired device has its name, the date it was paired and when the device was last active. Use “Edit” to remove paired devices.

A maximum of five Signal desktops can be linked to the Signal Messenger on the smartphone.

Use Signal on the desktop

The interface of Signal on the desktop is very similar to that on the smartphone and the operating elements and principles are identical. You can see your chats on the left edge of the screen – unread messages are displayed in a blue circle with white numbers above a contact icon – and you can use the pencil symbol at the top left to select a contact to write to. Groups can also be created quickly with it.

The Signal desktop is still completely bare after installation, because all previous chats are not taken over.


The Signal desktop is still completely bare after installation, because all previous chats are not taken over.

As usual, you can find all settings at the top left by clicking on your icon. At the top right at the edge of the screen there are the icons for starting video chats or phone calls, etc. And most of the screen is taken up by the respective chat history. At the very bottom is the input window for a new message.

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