Signal For iOS Can Now Securely Transfer Data to a New Phone

Published on June 10, 2020

You can now transfer your Signal data from one iPhone to another. The popular encrypted messaging provider has launched a new feature that can quickly and securely transfer information when you upgrade your device.

The only things you need to make the transfer are your old and new iOS devices. Start by installing the Signal app. Then you verify your phone number and tap ‘agree’ to transfer your account and message history to a new device. Then you are prompted on your old device to agree to the transfer. After that, you use your old device to scan a QR code generated on the new one.

Image Credit: [signal]

Android users have had access to this tool for quite a while. The iOS version has taken some time because these two systems use a different programming language. Also, each system has various constraints and capabilities. The company says the process was designed to be as secure as possible and is end-to-end encrypted over a local connection similar to AirDrop.

How Long Does it Take to Transfer Data From One iPhone to Another?

That depends on how much data you need to transfer. Most of the time, it takes about 5 to 10 minutes. If you have a lot of pictures and videos, it will take longer.

How do I Transfer my iPhone Data to a New iPhone?

Signal has their own method of transferring its data, but if you are wanting to copy your other data, here’s how:

  1. Open Settings on your old iPhone.
  2. Tap the Apple ID banner.
  3. Tap iCloud. Source: iMore.
  4. Tap iCloud Backup.
  5. Tap Back Up Now. …
  6. Turn your old iPhone off once the backup is finished.
  7. Remove the SIM card from your old iPhone or if you’re going to move it to your new one.
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