There are a ton of encrypted apps to select from right this moment, with Sign rating among the many greatest within the enterprise. The app has sustained itself within the midst of rival apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, and others, principally attributable to its intensive privacy-focused performance. These characteristic additions have not stopped the app’s builders from implementing adjustments to the messaging app, corresponding to decoupling SMS performance or including visible updates like Tales. The app now contains the power to cloak its existence in your telephone, changing its app icon and identify on your private home display.
As illustrated beneath, the characteristic at present seems underneath Settings > Look > App Icons, supplied you are on Sign for Android model 6.21.3. The flexibility to alter app icons is nothing new for Android customers, significantly for these accustomed to customized ROMs and launchers. Regardless, letting Sign customers change the app icon/identify immediately from the app’s settings definitely cuts down a couple of steps. Whereas there are solely 4 alternate identify and icon choices within the type of Information, Notes, Climate, and Waves, we hope Sign will supply a bigger assortment of icons someplace down the road.
As famous within the description of the app icon part in settings, switching to utterly completely different visuals for the app does nothing to alter the best way notifications are displayed, although. These will nonetheless at all times present up with the Sign identify and icon. To correctly disguise the app in your machine, you would want to show off notifications, arguably defeating the aim of an instantaneous messaging app.
The characteristic is rolling out to all Sign customers on the Google Play Retailer. As at all times, you’ll be able to obtain Sign 6.21.3 APK immediately from the developer’s web page or the ever-reliable APKMirror. Custom-made app icons are at present restricted to Sign customers on Android, with no phrase on if or when their iOS/iPadOS counterparts will get it.
Sign is clearly focusing on the safety by way of obscurity angle with its newest characteristic addition, as altering the app icon and identify to one thing generic like Climate or Information attracts much less consideration. This may show to be fairly a helpful safeguard for individuals who use delicate communication apps on shared telephones or tablets, however is way from really safe. As for individuals who need not change the identify or icon, there are a handful of different Sign icons to select from.