Signal allows you to give the app a custom name and icon

Signal is one of the best, if not the best, encrypted messaging apps for Android. Its extensive privacy features make it the messaging platform of choice for millions of people around the world. The developers behind the app are now giving you all one more reason to keep loving them. The latest version of the app lets you choose a custom icon and name for it, camouflaging its existence on your phone.

If you have version 6.21.3 of the Signal app for Android (link below) installed, navigating to Settings (under your profile avatar in the top left corner of the screen) > Appearance > App Icon ‘ 12 icons for the app displayed. One of these is the original Signal logo, while there are seven others named Signal. These are essentially tweaked versions of the original icon, with different color combinations and minor redesigns. However, the real fun is in the other four options.

These icons are called Messages, Notes, Weather, and Waves and have corresponding icons. If you select one of these options, the Signal app will no longer look like the Signal app on your phone’s home screen and app drawer (via). The app disguises itself in your chosen name and avatar. Only you know that this is your messaging service and not an app to read/view news, take notes or check the weather. That’s an extra layer of privacy even before you open the app.

Notifications will continue to display the default Signal app icon and name

Signal notes that app notifications always show the default icon and name. So you cannot completely hide the existence of the app on your phone. However, this feature gives you more privacy. It would be even better if more such alternate symbols and names were added. We hope that this is the case so that users can switch between them regularly and without frequent repetitions. Of course, you can already customize app icons with custom ROMs and launchers on Android, but that’s a whole different story.

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In the case of Signal, you have 12 custom icons to choose from without putting in a lot of effort or paying a penny. Most other platforms charge for it, including Signal’s rival Telegram. Even then, you don’t get a custom name or a completely independent icon for the app. Kudos to Signal for its efforts while continuing to be supported by donations with no advertising or investors. Click the button below to download the latest version (v6.21.3) of the app from the Google Play Store.


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May 26, 2023