Signal is a popular instant messaging app right now, but it lacks many features compared to rivals like Telegram and WhatsApp. One of these features is the ability to migrate your signal account to another device. Currently, Signal users have to go through many steps to do this, including taking a local backup, transferring the backup file to another device, and then using the file to restore their data.
However, a new report from Testing Catalog It suggests that Signal could be implementing a new feature to make the backup and migration process much more convenient. This will help the app go head-to-head with apps like WhatsApp, which offer an easy way to migrate between devices.
“Your next update deserves an update. Quickly and securely transfer your signal information to a new Android phone. Use the end-to-end encrypted migration feature to move your account and messages from an old device to a new device over a private local Wi-Fi Direct connection. “
The new feature will continue to implement end-to-end encryption for your backup files and, in typical Signal fashion, will be a more secure way to back up and transfer your data to another device. If you are part of the Signal beta program, you should already see the new ‘Transfer account’ feature within the Signal Settings in the ‘Chats’ section.
To use the new feature to transfer your signal account to a new device, tap the Transfer Account button. Go ahead by selecting Transfer from Android device when prompted and tap ‘Continue’. This will migrate your account to the new device.
The feature uses Wi-Fi Direct to migrate accounts and therefore you will need to keep old and new devices close by. The new feature should also be coming to the stable signal version account soon.