Many messenger services now use end-to-end encryption to help improve the security and privacy of messages sent and received. Now the Android Messages app will also get it and the feature is expected to start rolling out this week.
End-to-end encryption for the Messages app actually launched last November in beta, where users taking part in the beta can try out the feature first.
But now Google has decided to make it available to all users. However, there are a few caveats to this feature that you might want to take note of before you start sending messages.
For starters, end-to-end encryption is only available for 1-on-1 messages, so if you’re in a group chat, those messages aren’t end-to-end encrypted yet.
Second, you and the person you’re chatting with must have the RCS chat feature turned on, so if the other person doesn’t enable it, the encryption feature won’t work. Your messages will still be sent, but will not be encrypted.
End-to-end encryption features should have become the standard of today’s communication services. Although it seems a bit behind other apps, it’s better late than never.
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