Android Messages app now offers end-to-end encryption

Google is at last turning on end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for everyone in the Messages app.


Along with a string of new features across several areas of Android, Google is at last turning on end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for everyone in the Messages app. Beta testers have been able to use Android end-to-end encryption messaging since November.

E2EE in Messages is only available in one-on-one conversations for the time being, not group chats. Both participants need to have RCS chat features enabled to use it. You’ll know if a message you’re about to send will be encrypted if you see a lock icon on the send button. It’ll then be harder for prying eyes to snoop on your messages.

Android end-to-end encryption

The E2EE feature is rolling out this week as past of an Android update, alongside the likes of starred (or pinned) messages and availability of an earthquake alert system in more countries. The update also includes new emoji, Assistant, Android Auto and Voice Access features.

End-to-end encryption is available in one-on-one conversations between Messages users with chat features enabled.

No matter who you’re messaging with, the information you share is personal. End-to-end encryption in Messages helps keep your conversations more secure while sending. It ensures that no one can read the content of your messages as they travel between your phone and the phone of the person you’re messaging