Signal becomes number 1 ahead of WhatsApp on the Play Store and the App Store

Signal messaging has enjoyed tremendous success lately, becoming the most downloaded app on Android and iOS around the world. A performance enabled by WhatsApp, which scares many people away with its new terms of use.


The misfortune of some makes the happiness of others. While WhatsApp sees its users deserting, it is a another application that benefits from it: Signal. It is indeed number one everywhere in the world and on both iOS and Android. A surprise success that testifies to a concern for privacy protection.

What took Signal to the top of the charts is WhatsApp. The messaging application, long praised for respecting private data, has updated its terms of use. From now on, personal information is shared with the parent company Facebook. You have to accept the conditions … or go, which a lot of people have done. Note that this rule does not apply to Europeans, protected by the GDPR.

The app that is benefiting from this massive exodus is Signal. Working roughly the same as WhatsApp, it focuses its policy on the protection of privacy. No data is collected and all conversations are encrypted. A real plus that has won over users. Some tech figures, like Edward Snowden and Elon Musk, even encouraged their followers to use Signal via Twitter. It didn’t take much more to create such a colossal and unexpected success for messaging.

Too many users slowing down registration

This massive influx is a boon for Signal, but also causes some inconvenience. As the developer indicates on Twitter, registration is complicated. The delay for the verification code sent to new registrants may be slowed down. Must therefore be patient if you are launching the app for the first time.

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Signal must now capitalize on its new followers and not betray its philosophy which is data protection. The application is not new, since it was launched in 2014 by the Signal Foundation, a non-profit organization. At the moment, it is not known what proportion of WhatsApp users have migrated.

And you, have you left WhatsApp for Signal? Did you have any concerns during your registration? Tell us in the comments !