Switching phones has never been easier. Google backs up most of your app data on the cloud, which can then be restored onto your new phone. Sadly, Signal doesn’t use this feature since it could compromise your security. Instead, Signal stores encrypted backups locally, requiring a bit of work to restore these messages.

Signal offers encrypted backups exclusively to Android users. These backups are encrypted with a unique passphrase to ensure no one but you can access your messages. To preserve your security, these files are locally stored. Restoring them requires a few steps first to ensure… more


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