Going from WhatsApp to Signal is as easy as creating your profile on the latter by providing your phone number and then uninstalling the old application from your device. But moving WhatsApp and Signal chats is not possible natively. This could be one of the reasons why many users have become attached to the app owned by Facebook. However, there is a solution to move your WhatsApp groups to Signal app by following a few simple steps. These apply equally to Android and iOS users.
Before starting this tutorial, it is important to note that the workaround only applies when moving groups from WhatsApp to Signal. This will not allow you to move your chats from WhatsApp to Signal. It also cannot be used to move your existing WhatsApp group chats to the Signal app.
How to Move WhatsApp Groups to Signal
Below are the steps you can take on your Android phone or iPhone to move groups from WhatsApp to Signal. Make sure you have the latest version of the Signal app to make the transition easier.
- Open the Signal app on your phone.
- Tap the three-dot menu in the top-right corner of the screen in case you have an Android phone, then tap the New Group option. If you have an iPhone, you can do this by tapping the pencil icon at the top right of the screen.
- You can select some of your group members or press the Skip button. You can add your group members at a later stage.
- Now give your group a name. This can be the same name you want to move from WhatsApp to Signal.
- Now a popup window will appear to invite friends via link. Just click the Enable button and share the link available in that popup window.
- This will open a menu where you can find ways to share your group link. Choose Copy from that menu.
- Now open the WhatsApp group you want to move to Signal.
- Paste the group link you copied from Signal.
This will allow your WhatsApp group members to go to your newly created Signal group. Once all of your members have moved to your Signal group, you can deactivate the link you have enabled. This will help prevent strangers from joining your group.