Does Signal send my number to my contacts?
Signal does not send your phone number to anyone unless you send them a message or make a call to them. The Signal service does not have any knowledge of your contacts. Data is all owned by your phone. Registration notifications are never transmitted by anyone in any direction at all; these notifications are created by your phone.
How does Signal know my contact is using Signal?
Signal developed a private contact discovery process that enables Signal clients to efficiently and scalably determine whether the contacts in their address book are Signal users without revealing the contacts in their address book to the Signal service. Once your phone knows which of your contacts is a Signal user, it can optionally notify you when a new contact has started using Signal.
Why did someone see that I joined Signal?
People who already know your number and already have you in their contacts see that they can contact you on Signal. Nothing is sent to them by your Signal app or the Signal service. They just see a number they know is registered. If someone knows how to send you an insecure SMS, we want them to see that they can send you a Signal message instead.
Why did I see that my contact joined Signal?
You are notified when someone that is stored in your contact list is a new Signal user. If you can send an insecure SMS to a contact, we want you to know you can send a Signal message instead.
How do I disable alerts that my contact joined Signal?
You can disable these alerts on your phone by going to Signal Settings > Notifications > scroll to Notify when... and disable Contact joins Signal.
How do I know a contact is using Signal?
- On Android, when looking at your contact list within Signal, a blue letter in the outside column will indicate it is a Signal contact. If you have Signal set as your default SMS/MMS app, then you will also see non-Signal contacts listed.
- On iOS and Desktop, Signal contacts who are stored in your phone's contact list will be shown as someone you can start a conversation with.