How to change your chat wallpaper and background in the Signal messaging app

How To Change Signal App Wallpaper Lifestyle
How To Change Signal App Wallpaper Lifestyle (Image credit: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central)

The first time I downloaded and installed Signal, I let out a verbal "ick." That may sound a bit harsh, but I thought the app was quite boring-looking, at least compared to how I'd customized and tweaked the look of some of my other favorite chat apps like Telegram, WhatsApp, and Messenger. Thankfully, I found a way to make my Signal chats look more inviting, which encourages me to use the super-secure messaging app even more. Here is how to change the background and wallpaper on Signal. Let's get started.

How to change the background wallpaper in the Signal app

  1. Open the Signal app.
  2. Tap on the three-dot menu in the top right corner.
  3. Tap on Settings.
  4. Tap on Appearance.Source: Android Central

  1. Tap on Theme to change the theme of the app to match or differ from the system default.
  2. Tap Chat wallpaper to change the background of your chats.
  3. Tap Set wallpaper.Source: Android Central

  1. Tap Choose from photos to make the background one of your own images.
  2. Select from the Presets for various chat background color options.
  3. Once you've found the wallpaper you want, tap Set wallpaper.
  4. Open up one of your chats to see the change in effect.Source: Android Central

There you have it! While the customization options are not as extensive as something like the theme and chat settings in Telegram, you do at least have some say in how your Signal app can be personalized. I'm on a mission to get as many of my friends and family as possible to download and use Signal because I truly believe it is one of the best messaging apps available on Android. Don't believe me? Check out our comparison of Telegram vs. Signal vs. WhatsApp for a side-by-side analysis of each messaging app.

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Jeramy Johnson
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Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.