Signal users can now keep their phone numbers provide with usernames

What you need to know

  • By default, your phone number will no longer be available to everyone on Signal.
  • Users can now connect with one another without needing to share a number, thanks to usernames.
  • New privacy settings limit who can find you by your phone number.

Up until today, Signal users had to utilize phone numbers in order to initiate a chat on the app, but now that is no longer the case. As part of a new update, Signal is rolling out a new username feature, which will allow users to connect with each other without a number, the company announced Wednesday. 

Currently in beta with plans to become available to all users in a few weeks, the feature makes what is already an extremely secure end-to-end encrypted messaging app even more secure. Through this update, by default, a user’s phone number will no longer be available to everyone they chat with on Signal, though if another user has that number saved as a contact, they still will be able to see it on account of already knowing such information.

Signal app view

Users can change how they connect with other users (Image credit: Signal)

With that in mind, users can now connect without a phone number serving as the intermediary. Instead, users can create a unique username that they can use in place of providing their number.


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