Google Messages end-to-end encryption is now available to all users.
Google has opened access to end-to-end encryption of messages using an Android application.
Previously, “Messages” was used to exchange SMS and MMS, but now the functionality has become wider – you can communicate with users in the text messenger mode, attach photos and other media files, as well as other functions. The use of the RCS protocol ensures secure exchange of information.
Beta testers began evaluating the new functionality since November last year, and now it is available to all smartphone owners. In order for your messages to be encrypted, you need to enable the chat function in the application settings and provide an Internet connection using Wi-Fi or a mobile network.
The exchange of digital messages with end-to-end encryption will be unavailable if there is no Internet connection, when exchanging “classic” SMS and MMS messages, as well as when participating in group chats.
Encrypted messages will be marked with a padlock and dark blue in the feed.