Welcome to our guide on how to install and use Signal Private Messenger on macOS Monterey. Our tutorial does not only guide you through the installation process but also on how to use the Signal Private Messenger, so stay tuned. Signal Private Messenger is actually a messaging app as the name suggests, it is powerful, secure and very simple. Many individual use signal as a way of sharing celebration moments, and even in coordinating protests. It can also be used to send messages of hope with Signal Private when times are hard. Below are some of the features;

  • Sharing with guaranteed security, the end to end encryption makes it possible that no one can read your messages nor listen to any of your calls
  • MMS and SMS charges are avoided as the Signal utilizes your phone’s data
  • Voice and videos made with Signal are of good quality
  • Signal is nonprofit hence free for everybody
  • Signal does not have ads, nor trackers nor affiliates, hence making it an awesome app to adopt
  • With Signal it is possible to have group chats hence promoting connections with family and friends as well as workmates

Install and Use Signal Private Messenger on macOS Monterey

The above description gives you a clue on what Signal entails, what it can do and some of the features associated with it. We can now embark on how to install and use Signal Private Messenger on macOS Monterey. The thing with Signal private Messenger is that, you ought to have it installed on your phone first, for it to be successfully installed on your Desktop. So, on this process, we will install Signal on our phone first, then we can proceed to the next level, that is installing on Desktop. Check below for the whole process;

Step 1. Install Signal Private Messenger on Phone

Check below for how the installation on the phone is done. The process below shows how it is done on an iPhone, however if you have the Android phone, you still have to follow the same process, it is just that you will not be using AppStore.

Find Signal Messenger on your Phone AppStore

Open the AppStore on your iPhone and search for Signal Messenger, once you find it, tap on get and wait for the installation to complete on your phone then proceed to tap on open. Accept terms and privacy policy by tapping continue. Proceed to allow permissions. Enter your phone number, allow foe verification, then use the code sent to you to verify. On the next wizard, fill in the required name, then create a pin, then confirm it. Allow Signal to find and connect to devices on your local network. On your phone, to get started, you can;

  • Create new group
  • Add Photo
  • invite Friends
  • Add Appearance

Method 1. Install Signal Private Messenger on macOS Monterey using HomeBrew

There are two methods we can use to install Signal on macOS Monterey. The first by using HomeBrew and the second installation is from the source. The reason we started with Step 2 below is because the two methods that will be shown will utilize the step 1 that is install Signal on phone. Check below for more insights;

Step 2. Install HomeBrew on macOS Monterey

Since we are going to use HomeBrew to install Signal on macOS Monterey, we need to install HomeBrew on our macOS Monterey system. To do so, use the commands below;

/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"

Below is how the output should look like;

annalianie at technixleo in ~ 22-06-13 - 13:24:19
╰─○ /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"
==> Checking for `sudo` access (which may request your password)...
==> This script will install:

Press RETURN/ENTER to continue or any other key to abort:
==> /usr/bin/sudo /usr/sbin/chown -R cheronohval:admin /usr/local/Homebrew
==> Downloading and installing Homebrew...
HEAD is now at fba051f98 Merge pull request #13413 from MikeMcQuaid/update_report_new
Updated 2 taps (homebrew/core and homebrew/cask).
==> Installation successful!

==> Homebrew has enabled anonymous aggregate formulae and cask analytics.
Read the analytics documentation (and how to opt-out) here:
No analytics data has been sent yet (nor will any be during this install run).

==> Homebrew is run entirely by unpaid volunteers. Please consider donating:

==> Next steps:
- Run brew help to get started
- Further documentation:

Step 3. Install Signal Private Messenger on macOS Monterey using HomeBrew

On this step, since we already installed HomeBrew successfully, we can then use HomeBrew to install Signal Private Messenger on macOS Monterey. Use the command below;

brew install signal

Wait for the installation to finish. Below is the output should look like;

╭─annalianie at technixleo in ~ 22-06-13 - 15:24:51
╰─○ brew install signal
Running `brew update --auto-update`...
==> Downloading https://updates.signal.org/desktop/signal-desktop-mac-x64-5.45.1
######################################################################## 100.0%
==> Installing Cask signal
==> Moving App 'Signal.app' to '/Applications/Signal.app'
🍺  signal was successfully installed!

As you can see from the above output, we have managed to install Signal Private Messenger on macOS Monterey.

Method 2. Install Signal Private Messenger on macOS Monterey from Source

Method 2 will take us through how to install Signal on macOS Monterey from the source. Check below for how the installation process unfolds.

Step 2. Install Mac Command Line Tools

To install the Xcode Mac Command line tools, you can use the command below;

xcode-select --install

Step 3. Download and Install pkg MacPorts Installer on macOS Monterey

Go to the installation site for MacPorts and choose the one that fits macOS Monterey. Click on it to download like it has been downloaded below;

╭─annalianie at technixleo in ~ 22-06-13 - 16:03:07
╰─○ cd Downloads
╭─annalianie at technixleo in ~/Downloads 22-06-13 - 16:11:14
╰─○ ls
MacPorts-2.7.2-12-Monterey (1).pkg
Oracle_VM_VirtualBox_Extension_Pack-6.1.26 (1).vbox-extpack

To install MacPorts, locate the installed file on the downloads section then double click on it to see the installation wizard. On the Window that appears next, you will see some highlights on the left side of the window. They include;

  • Introduction, (continue)
  • Read me, (continue)
  • License, (continue) then Agree
  • Destination Select, (continue)
  • Installation Type, here you can change the install location
  • Installation, (install), then provide password
  • Summary, you will see a pop up indicating installation was successful

The bolded words guide you on what to choose on each section of the installation wizard window.

Step 4. Install the wget Command using MacPorts

Once the MacPorts have been installed , you can then use it to install the wget command. Proceed as follows;

sudo port install wget

A sample of the output is as shown;

╭─annalianie at technixleo in ~ 22-06-13 - 16:41:08
╰─○ sudo port install wget
--->  Computing dependencies for wget
The following dependencies will be installed: 

By the end of the above output, the wget command will have been installed successfully.

Step 5. Download Signal Private Messenger on macOS Monterey

You can visit the Signal downloads page and get the latest release version of Signal.We can now proceed to use the just downloaded wget command. Run the command below;

╭─annalianie at technixleo in ~ 22-06-13 - 16:45:18
╰─○ wget https://updates.signal.org/desktop/signal-desktop-mac-universal-5.45.1.dmg

--2022-06-13 17:27:39--  https://updates.signal.org/desktop/signal-desktop-mac-universal-5.45.1.dmg
Resolving updates.signal.org (updates.signal.org)...,
Connecting to updates.signal.org (updates.signal.org)||:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 242389073 (231M) [application/x-apple-diskimage]
Saving to: ‘signal-desktop-mac-universal-5.45.1.dmg’

signal-desktop-mac- 100%[===================>] 231.16M  1.04MB/s    in 3m 59s  

2022-06-13 17:31:39 (990 KB/s) - ‘signal-desktop-mac-universal-5.45.1.dmg’ saved [242389073/242389073]

For the Beta Version;

wget https://updates.signal.org/desktop/signal-desktop-beta-mac-universal-5.46.0-beta.2.dmg

Step 6. Make the File executable

To make the file executable, first check using the command shown below then tap Return/Enter;

ls -l

Check the output below;

╭─annalianie at technixleo in ~ 22-06-13 - 17:51:54
╰─○ ls -l
total 491776
drwx------@  3 annalianie  staff         96 Jun  7  2021 Applications
drwx------@  7 annalianie  staff        224 Jun  9 15:21 Desktop
drwx------@  4 annalianie  staff        128 Jan 10 14:15 Documents
drwx------@ 40 annalianie  staff       1280 Jun 13 16:58 Downloads
drwxr-xr-x   6 annalianie  staff        192 Dec 11  2021 Learning
drwx------@ 82 annalianie  staff       2624 Jun  7 08:51 Library
drwx------+  4 annalianie  staff        128 Jun  7  2021 Movies
drwx------+  4 annalianie  staff        128 Jun  7  2021 Music
drwx------+  6 annalianie  staff        192 Jun 11  2021 Pictures
drwxr-xr-x+  4 annalianie  staff        128 Jun  7  2021 Public
drwxr-xr-x   8 annalianie  staff        256 May 20 10:20 Virtual Machines.localized
drwxr-xr-x   4 annalianie  staff        128 May 18 16:21 VirtualBox VMs
-rw-r--r--   1 annalianie  staff  242389073 Jun  8 17:57 signal-desktop-mac-universal-5.45.1.dmg

As you can see the highlighted file is not executable, to make it so, run the command shown below so as to add execution privileges;

chmod +x signal-desktop-mac-universal-5.45.1.dmg 

Step 7. Open the Downloaded File to Install

To install, open the downloaded file, just on the command line, run the following command;

open signal-desktop-mac-universal-5.45.1.dmg

Drag Signal to Applications. Just like the arrow shows in the image.

Head over to Applications folder, then double tap on Signal Application to open. Once you open, a window will pop up prompting you to do the scan with your phone using the steps provided on the window wizard. Check below;

From here, refer to Step 1 of the article, on how to install Signal on your phone. Open Signal on your phone, then proceed to tap on your Signal profile to show settings like as shown below;

On, your phone still, tap on settings to open, click linked devices, then tap on link new device. Then proceed to allow Signal to access camera. Provide a name for the linked device, then tap on finish linking phone.

Step 8. Configuration and Usage

Since we have successfully managed to install Signal on macOS Monterey, we can then look at how to configure and use it for your own benefit. Once the linking has been finished on Step 5 above, the following window will appear;

When you find a contact to chat with, this is how the platform appears.

The above is how you can use the Signal Private Messenger on macOS Monterey.


From the above tutorial, we have learnt about what Signal Private Messenger is, what it does and the features associated with it. We also looked at how to install Signal Private Messenger on macOS Monterey in two ways. The first one is while using Homebrew and the second one is from the source. We have also provided insights on how Signal Private Messenger can be used. You can now enjoy your experience with Signal. Check below for some of our other articles;


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