The changelog for the Signal update for the Apple iPhone suggests that the app now adds the controls for media download preferences. These can be found in Settings -> Data in the Signal app. The developers also say that the Signal group calls can now include up to 8 participants, up from the earlier 5 participants. If you want to share something from another app, you can now do so with multiple chats or contacts in one go. There will now also be an optional shortcut to enable a shareable group link when you create a new group.The new Signal update for the iPhone also adds the ability to open attachments within the app itself. There are also changes to how the profile photos of your contacts show up in the Signal app.
The developers say, “now you can easily see the latest Signal profile photo that your contacts have chosen, but we added an option to always show system profile photos if you prefer the old behavior (or start to miss the blurry photo of them from 9 years ago that has travelled across multiple SIM cards).” There are also improvements to the video quality and size of the videos shared on the platform. There is also a specific update for Apple iPad users—the latest version of Signal irons out the bug that prevented iPad users from tapping on the Send option when sharing content from other apps. For iPhone and iPad users, there is also a bug fix that now solves the issue of WebP images not being transferred on chats properly when using iOS 14.
For Android phone users, Signal is currently in version 5.2.3 and the last update for the app added new functionality and bug fixes. There are improvements to the status bar that now only appears when you need it. There are also changes to how the profile photos of your contacts show up in the Signal app with the option of choosing system profile photos set in your phone contacts or choose their latest Signal profile pics. In a video call, you can tap on your face to get a full screen view of how others will be seeing you. the Signal update for Android also adds the setting for lower data usage during calls.