Signal to stop supporting SMS on its Android app

Android users will need to choose a different app as their default messaging app if they plan to text a non-Signal user

Android users will need to choose a different app as their default messaging app if they plan to text a non-Signal user

Signal plans to drop support for SMS and MMS on its Android app in the coming months, according to a company blog post. The messaging platform cited user security and privacy, and people confusing SMS with Signal text as reasons behind decisions to stop support.

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The platform shared that the change will only affect people who use Signal as their default SMS app on Android devices. Android users will therefore have to choose a new default app if they plan to text a non-Signal user.

Calling plain-text SMS messages “inherently insecure”, the company said that with the cost of sending text messages rising, it has received complaints from users who have been hit with high messaging charges because they assumed that SMS messages were part of Signal messages.

The company also shared that the inclusion of SMS in the Signal app was confusing for some users. SMS messages received in the app are not the same as Signal messages and do not have similar security features.

Signal has supported SMS messaging since the days when it was known as TextSecure. Signal never supported SMS messaging on iOS because Apple doesn’t allow changing the default messaging app.

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