Published: Sun, December 30, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Google Begins Rolling Out Spam Protection For Android Messages

Google Begins Rolling Out Spam Protection For Android Messages

The notification says that Google will collect some data about a user's messages, but not the actual content, in order to protect against spam. The spam protection feature can be manually toggled on or off via the Advanced section of the Android Settings menu, according to screenshots published by Android Police.

After half a year development, spam protection in Android messages finally started rolling out earlier this month to some users.

There is no official announcement from Google as yet, meaning that like most new features the company rolls out, it is a server-side change that is going to gradually go live for users, depending on device and geographical location. However, those who do are getting a pop up at the bottom of the app offering the feature and allowing you to turn it off.

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To work effectively, Messages will send some information about your messages to Google, and when spam is reported, reports "include a copy of the spammer's messages (up to 10)". Howbeit, the content of the message will not be read; such as the phone number or the message body.

Google uses that information to provide spam warnings in Messages. If you send a report, it includes the spammers last 10 texts, but none of your replies. It's a feature that will be automatically enabled, but you can venture into the settings and disable it if you choose.

The new feature compliments existing features, such as blocking numbers and the spam protection already built into Google's native Phone app available on Pixel, Android One and some Android Go devices.

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