Signal Messenger: What Is Signal App Use For? Cheating?

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Does your partner ever use the Signal app? Do you suspect they’re using it to cheat on you? Being an app that enables discreet messaging and is heavily focused on end-to-end encryption, it is normal to be suspicious if your partner/spouse suddenly starts using it.  

My younger sister shared the same concerns with me four months ago when she noticed her husband was frequently using the Signal app. Without hesitation, I took time to explore the Signal instant messaging app and its potential for cheating. 

I’ll share my findings with you and answer all your questions in this guide. I’ll also share a few tips on how to catch an unfaithful partner on Signal. So, stay put and read through! 

Key Takeaways

  • Signal is a messaging app with a heavy focus on privacy and end-to-end encryption. 
  • There are noticeable signs to show that your partner/spouse may be cheating on Signal. 
  • You can utilize spy apps to catch a cheating spouse/partner in the act.

My Findings: What Is Signal App Used For? Cheating?

Welcome screen of the Signal app

The Signal app can be used for cheating. Although it was not exclusively created for cheating, serial cheaters hide by taking advantage of its underlying privacy technology to explore sexual relationships outside their marriages/relationships. The app also has some specific features, such as a self destructing messages function called “Disappearing Messages,” and “Clear Chat History,” which lets ill meaning partners/spouses to cover their tracks and avoid being caught. 

Signal is a free instant messaging app just like WhatsApp, and it only takes a few minutes to install on an Android/iOS device. All a cheating partner/spouse has to do is download the app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, create an account, and begin to send messages and media files. 

When my younger sister caught her husband installing the Signal app on his Android device, she assumed he just wanted to communicate via another messaging app. In fact, she never entertained the thought of him cheating on Signal, even when the signs that suggested he was cheating were glaring. 

She trusted him so much, but little did she know that he was using the app to send erotic text messages to other women. Wondering what these cheating signs were? Keep reading!

Signs Your Partner Is Cheating On Signal

Here are a few cheating signs to look out for if your partner is suddenly using Signal: 

Your Partner Suddenly Changes Their Phone PIN Or Locks Their Signal App

Unlock screen of the Signal app

Before my sister’s husband started cheating on her, he was very open with his digital life. She always had access to his devices (within reason and always respecting his privacy) and that made her feel safe in the marriage, as he was obviously not hiding anything.

However, she couldn’t say the same when he changed his Android phone’s password without informing her a few days after he installed the Signal app. She confronted him about it, but he waved it off, citing that he’s not bound by any rule to disclose his passwords. This was unusual for them and the first red flag my sister ignored. 

If your partner is cheating on Signal, they’ll want to hide it from you by restricting your access to their device. So, if you notice that they now lock their phone with Face ID or fingerprint or have changed their password, it could be that they’re cheating on you.  

Your Partner Changes Their Privacy Settings

Privacy settings in the Signal app

Perhaps only you have access to your partner’s device or Signal app. However, you noticed that the app is almost always dormant (no message/call notifications) except when in use. If you can’t see their call logs or sent and received messages, it’s possible they’re cheating and changed their privacy settings to avoid suspicion. 

My sister was once able to peruse her husband’s Signal account when he dozed off one night while talking to his “side chick.” She checked his privacy settings on his Signal app and saw that he turned off the “show call in recent” feature, so she couldn’t see who he made calls to in his phone log. 

He also turned on the “hide screen in app switcher” and “disappearing messages” features so she couldn’t see any messages that suggested he was cheating. All these signs made her suspicious but she needed proof that her husband was cheating. She came to me, and I gave her some pointers. In the next section, I will share with you how you can catch your unfaithful spouse/partner in the act on Signal. 

How To Get Evidence That Your Spouse/Partner Is Cheating Using Signal

A man using his smartphone while sitting on the floor

Below are a few ways you could get the evidence you need to confront your partner/spouse. Note that all options below require physical access to the target device your partner uses for Signal messaging.  

By Manually Checking Their Signal Account

You can manually check your partner’s messages on the Signal app if you can unlock their phone/account and they don’t enable “disappearing messages,” which are basically self destructing messages. You may be lucky enough to find the evidence you seek. But this can be risky, as your partner can catch you checking out their phone, putting you in an even more difficult situation. 

The next feasible option is to remotely spy on their Signal app without touching their phone. That brings us to the next alternative.

By Using Spy Apps 

Even if you could check your partner’s Signal app, they may have cleared any traces of infidelity. But using a spy app could help you retrieve their conversations. I have shortlisted a couple of Signal-tracking apps that can help you spy on your partner’s phone remotely.

mSpy 

Homepage of the mSpy website

mSpy can help you track your partner’s activities on the Signal app and other applications like Facebook and WhatsApp. You’ll get to see who they’re texting, the content of their messages, and timestamps, right from your mSpy dashboard. However, mSpy does not offer a free or trial plan

Their pricing plans are $48.99/month for a monthly subscription, $27.99/month for a quarterly subscription ($83.97/quarter), and $11.66/month for an annual subscription ($139.92/year). Moreover, you’ll have to root your partner’s Android or jailbreak their iOS device to get mSpy to work on it.  

XNSPY

Homepage of the XNSPY website

XNSPY is a spy app with a keylogging feature that allows you to record every keystroke your partner/spouse makes when using Signal. This means you’ll not only get proof that they’re cheating, but you’ll get it in real time, giving no room for doubts. XNSPY also allows you to view and save images/videos on your device in high-quality formats. But you will have to jailbreak/root your partner’s device to enjoy its complete features.  

XNSPY has three subscription plans: Monthly, Quarterly, and Yearly, and two price tiers, Basic and Premium. For Basic, a 1-month subscription costs $29.99, the quarterly plan costs $13.99/month ($41.99/quarter), and the yearly plan costs $4.99/month ($59.99/year).

For Premium, a 1-month subscription costs $35.99, the quarterly plan costs $19.99/month ($59.99/quarter), and the annual plan costs $7.49/month ($89.99/year).

Signal Monitoring Apps Comparison Table

Here is a breakdown of the Signal monitoring apps I discussed above to enable you to make an informed choice. 

NameCompatible DevicesFeaturesPricing
mSpyAndroid/iOS• Screen Recorder
• GPS location tracking
• Stealth mode
• Social media apps monitoring
• Keywords alerts
• $48.99/month for one-month-only subscription.
• $27.99/month for a quarterly subscription ($83.97/quarter).
• $11.66/month for an annual subscription ($139.92/year).
XNSPYAndroid/iOS• Keylogger
• Location tracking
• Stealth mode
• SMS and social media apps monitoring
Basic
• A 1-month only subscription costs $29.99.
• The quarterly plan costs $13.99/monthly ($41.99/quarter).
• The yearly plan costs $4.99/month ($59.99/year).
Premium
• A 1-month-only subscription costs $35.99.
• The quarterly plan costs $19.99/month ($59.99/quarter).
• The annual plan costs $7.49/month ($89.99/year).

FAQs

Do people use Signal private messenger to cheat?

People use Signal private messenger to cheat. This is because the app offers a safe and secure platform for unfaithful partners/spouses to have illicit affairs outside their marriages/relationships. It also allows them to send voice notes, images, videos, and other files and even make voice and video calls. 

Last Words 

Being cheated on by someone you trust and share a part of your life with is heart-wrenching, and such an experience can disrupt your daily activities. My sister had a series of emotional breakdowns when she discovered her husband was cheating. 

It was a big blow to the family, but we had to stand by her through it all, preventing her from making rash decisions. So, I strongly advise you not to make any regrettable decisions. Instead, you can:

  • Speak to your family or professionals about how you feel; do not let bad thoughts fester.
  • Use a spy app like mSpy or XNSPY if you need to find out more from other messaging apps. 

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About The Authors

  • Raji Oluwaniyi

    With over 7 years in the tech industry, Oluwaniyi has transitioned from being a mere tech enthusiast to becoming a seasoned technical writer. He began writing in 2019, and has worked with esteemed tech blogs, including MakeUseOf, PrivacySavvy, and TestGorilla. Furthermore, his career reflects his desire and ability to help people navigate the tech landscape with technical pieces, including user guides and product documentations. In his free time, you can find him diving into tech newsletters or going for evening rides. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

  • Jenn Peters

    Jenn Peters is an experienced content manager and editor who holds a degree in English and certifications in Social Media Marketing and Copywriting from the College of Media and Publishing. She has been working for TechUntold since 2018. In addition, Jenn works as a content editor for Valnet across 7 company sites, publishing numerous articles weekly. Connect with Jenn on LinkedIn.

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Raji Oluwaniyi

With over 7 years in the tech industry, Oluwaniyi has transitioned from being a mere tech enthusiast to becoming a seasoned technical writer. He began writing in 2019, and has worked with esteemed tech blogs, including MakeUseOf, PrivacySavvy, and TestGorilla. Furthermore, his career reflects his desire and ability to help people navigate the tech landscape with technical pieces, including user guides and product documentations. In his free time, you can find him diving into tech newsletters or going for evening rides. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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