Does signal use WiFi? Answered

If you’re using an android phone or iPhone, you will definitely come across signal app when looking for the best instant messaging apps.

As whatsapp is quite popular outside the United States, signal is really come up though not yet as popular as whatsapp, Skype, Facebook messenger, telegram, viber, etc.

Have been using signal for quite a long time, I can you that it is a good app with a strong security measure than whatsapp.

Talking about signal, we’ll be looking at one of the question being asked by people and that is;

does signal use wifi

does signal use wiFi?

The answer is yes. Signal do use Wi-Fi to send and receive messages, make and receive calls on signal app.

With signal, you can receive Wi-Fi cellular voice calls or sms text messages.

However, few weeks ago signal announced that they will no longer offer sms text message for android users. This may also prevent Wi-Fi cellular calls on signal.

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Aside from that, you can use Wi-Fi connection to activate your signal account, send messages, receive messages, make calls, receive calls, send videos or attachments, etc.

But the truth is that before you can use Wi-Fi to register for signal account, you must have a sim card or eSim in your device. Signal requires a phone number as it is very compulsory.

If you don’t have a phone number, you can’t use signal just like on whatsapp, telegram, viber, etc.

On signal, you have the option to use Wi-Fi or cellular data though the app will give you the option to select Wi-Fi or cellular data/Wi-Fi to receive files on your signal account.

All that matters to signal app is that you must have an active internet connection as you can’t use signal offline especially now they are removing the sms/mms feature from their Android app.

Features and benefits

Below are the features and benefits of using signal messaging.

1. Delete For Everyone

Signal messaging has the delete for everyone feature which helps you to unsend a message.

This feature is very essential in messaging and almost all instant messaging services now has the option to unsend a message.

This isn’t left out on signal app as you can easily unsend a message on signal.

2. Status Updates

Signal do have a status update feature which they called Share Stories, and this allows you to create a video, image or text message and share it on your signal page. Anyone that has your signal account will see the share stories update.

This is very similar to whatsapp status update.

3. You Can Change Your Chat Wallpaper On Signal

Signal gives you the option to change your chat wallpaper to any of your preferred wallpaper just like on whatsapp.

If you don’t like the default color for chat conversation, you have the option to change the wallpaper.

4. Voice And Video Call

You can directly make voice calls and video calls on signal just like in some other instant messaging apps and services.

Signal is not just about texting as you have the option to make and receive calls using signal.

Remember, signal voice call or video calls are relatively free whether locally or internationally.

However, both parties involved must have the signal app else it work just like on whatsapp and other instant messaging apps.

5. Signal Is Protected with a pin

Using signal you will provide a pin for your signal account which is used to protect your signal account.

Also, you have the option to lock your signal every minutes and use a pin, fingerprint or face id to unlock your signal app.

6. Payment Option

Signal messaging offers payment options for their users which you can use to make payments wherever, though your financial institution plays an important role in signal payments feature.

7. Signal Is Available On Android And Ios

You can use signal on any given android phone or tablet and ios. You can also link your signal account to a computer or desktop.

8. File transfer made easy

You can easily transfer files from one signal account to another irrespective of both parties location.

So far, the maximum number of files you can transfer using signal is 200mb but I know that it will be increased as time goes by and whereas, whatsapp is now 2GB file limit.

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Does Signal app work without internet?

The straight answer is no. For you to use signal, you must have an active internet connection like Wi-Fi or cellular data on your cell phone.

does signal use wifi

If you don’t have an active internet connection on your phone, you can’t signal app to send and receive messages, make and receive calls.

However, on android, you can receive sms text messages on signal but only if the app is used as a default sms text message.

But since the turn of October 2022, signal announced that the feature will be disabled on android as they will only focus on instant messaging services and calls.

So far, you can’t use signal offline as it requires internet connection.

Does Signal use a lot of data?

Signal don’t neccesarily use a lot of data especially on minute voice call as it attracts 100kbs on a five minute voice call.

However, I set Use Less Data to never.

Maybe if I set use less data to Wi-Fi & cellular or Cellular Only it will consume 60kbs data for a five minutes call.

Can I use Signal without a phone?

You can’t neccesarily use signal without a phone even when connected to a computer you must use a phone to link signal to your computer.

However, signal also works on tablet and this means that you have the option of using a phone or a tablet to connect or link your signal account to your computer.

So you can’t use signal without a phone or tablet.

As long as instant messaging is involved, a phone or tablet is required to connect to the computer even the likes of iMessage requires the user to first connect iMessage to an iPhone before linking it to his or her iPad through Apple id.

Can you use a fake number with Signal?

No it is not possible to use a fake number with signal because you will have to verify your phone number on signal.

Because of the fact that one needs to verify the phone number added to signal account, it is very difficult to use a fake phone number on signal.

You must use a working phone number to sign up on signal, verify your account and use Signal.

If you don’t fancy using your real phone number, then you can get a phone number from Google voice, and use it for your signal account.

Talking about does signal use WiFi, yes indeed signal do use Wi-Fi and cellular data in order to make and receive calls, send and receive messages.

As long as signal app is concerned you must have a working Wi-Fi or cellular data to use the instant messaging application on your android phone or tablet, or on your iPhone.

And with this I come to the conclusion of the question being asked, does signal use WiFi and the answer is yes. Signal do use Wi-Fi and cellular data, so any it the two is good for signal.


I'm Kennedy Nora by name, a tech enthusiast who loves writing articles on tech tips and tutorials. My main focus is about mobile tech and gadgets.


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