How to manage Signal app Permissions settings on Mac

January 15, 2021

Configuring any app’s permissions and notification settings are important. This enables it to record voice notes, allow your voice calls to be heard, and video calls to be seen. The Signal app, owing to its user-centric policy has become quite popular. It is witnessing a rapid surge in downloads, more than Facebook-owned WhatsApp. But many users are not aware of how to use the app on Mac or configure its required permissions. Worry not! This short tutorial shows you how to manage Signal app Permissions Settings on Mac.

How to configure Signal app Permissions Settings on Mac?

Like any other apps, the Signal app for macOS requests permissions to enable certain features, like sharing a photo or displaying your contacts. Here’s how you can configure Signal app Permissions Settings on Mac.

  1. Go to the Apple menu.
  2. Select System Preferences.
  3. Choose Security & Privacy > Privacy.
  4. Switch to Camera.
  5. Select the Signal checkbox.
  6. To manage notifications, navigate to Apple Menu > System preferences > Notifications.
  7. Select Signal in the left column and choose among the options.

Please note: The Signal app will need to restart for the settings to apply.


To manage Signal app Permissions, go to Apple menu and select System Preferences.

Mac Security Privacy Preferences
Mac Security Privacy Preferences

When the System Preferences window opens, select Security & Privacy option.

Under Security & Privacy preferences screen switch to the Privacy tab.

Signal App Permission Settings on Mac
Signal App Permission Settings on Mac

Select Camera from the left navigation pane and check the box that appears next to the Signal app as shown in the screenshot above.

To manage Signal app OS Notifications Settings, go to Apple Menu > System Preferences > Notifications.

Signal Notifications
Signal Notifications

From the left pane, choose the Signal app and check the boxes on the right to manage Badge, Sounds, Banners, and other notifications on your Mac computer.

How safely does the Signal app handle its users' requests permissions?

Signal claims, it only records data like the date and time a user registered with the app and minimizes any data it retains about them. You can verify how the Signal app handles these permissions by looking through the source code. Developers keep the app’s code open source to ensure thorough scrutiny.

Hope that makes sense!


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