Signal is an encrypted messaging app that allows you to transfer your account data and conversation history quickly to a new iPhone or iPad from your actual iOS device.
The functionality rolled out in the app’s version 3.9.1 update recently. But, it was officially announced in a blog post published today (June 9). Here is what you need to know.
How to Transfer a Conversation History
First, install Signal on the new device and begin the registration procedure. Then follow these steps:
- Check your phone number on the new device, then tap on the prompt asking if you would prefer to transfer your message history and account from another iOS device;
- On the existing device, confirm whether or not you want to begin the transfer;
- Scan the QR code displayed on the new device;
- Wait a few minutes until the whole process is done.
When the transfer process is over, your existing device will remove its Signal data. You can start to use Signal on the new device immediately.
Signal So Far
Signal’s new process is designed to find a balance between security and convenience. It uses a QR code, provided by the new device that you must scan it with your old device. The transfer is safe and fast, so you don’t have to worry about waiting too much.
Secure messaging apps like Signal usually store conversations only on local devices to avoid the risk of forced decryption. Signal’s recent iOS transfer functionality tries to provide convenience, allowing users to control the whole process. The connection between the two devices is end-to-end encrypted; the app uses some checks to ensure it’s only getting the data it should.
Android users have been able to use Signal only for a little while now. The process is more complex and relies on users having to manually transfer a local encrypted backup between the internal storage of the desired Android device. The QR code-based is not available yet.