The messaging app Signal has just announced a new feature that allows users to create their own usernames, in addition to using their phone numbers as before. This revelation, which might have seemed groundbreaking in 2023, further emphasizes the importance of privacy. Users no longer want their phone numbers to be readily available or easily traceable, and this feature addresses that concern.
To create a username, users simply need to navigate to the settings menu (Settings / Profile and Settings / Privacy / Phone Number) and generate a unique username. They can then share this username link with their friends, rather than divulging their phone numbers.
It’s worth noting that this feature is still in the testing phase and is only available on the staging client. Its full release has yet to be implemented.
TLDR: In a move that caters to users’ desire for privacy, Signal now allows users to create usernames as an alternative to sharing phone numbers. This feature is currently being tested and is not yet widely available.