If you use Signal on your Android device, you might want to learn how to back up Signal so that you have a copy of all your chats. We offer some of the easiest ways to back up Signal on Android in this guide.
Signal has recently been in the news for being an encrypted and secure instant messaging app. If you have been using this app, or if you have just started to use it, you will probably want to learn how you can back up Signal messages on your Android device.
Backing up your Android data ensures that you can restore it when you lose it for various unexpected reasons. You can restore a Signal backup anytime you want.
Before you start making a Signal chat backup, you might want to learn where Signal stores your messages. This is important as this lets you measure the app’s security levels as well as helps you find your messages if you want to access them outside of the app on your phone.
Signal stores your messages right on your phone. For a brief moment, your messages travel through the internet. Once they are received on a phone, they are stored there on the phone itself. For this reason, Signal allows you to choose a folder to save your backups.
Backing up Signal messages basically means creating a file that contains all your chats. This file is stored locally and you can move it around whenever you want.
This should instantly create a backup of your Signal conversations, and save the backup file in your selected folder. Keep in mind you cannot directly open and read the contents of this file, as the file is encrypted and you can only open it using the Signal app.
Restoring a Signal backup is as easy as selecting the backup file while you are setting up the app on your phone. Keep in mind you need to do this before entering your phone number and creating an account with the app.
If you have set up the app already, delete the app and then reinstall it from the Google Play Store.
If you are switching to a new Android device from your old one, you might want to transfer the data to the new Android device. And Signal messages is needed to be transferred as well. This is fairly easy to do as all you basically need to do is move a file.
If you use Signal on a desktop computer, you would be disappointed to know that you cannot back up your conversations on your desktop. Signal does not allow you to do this for various reasons.
Therefore, if you ever need to make a backup of your chats, you should do that on your mobile device.
If you are getting started with Signal on your Android device, the guide above should help you safeguard your data by backing up your Signal messages. You can restore these messages at any time as explained above.
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