Google Messages is taking a new step to better secure your group conversations

Google Messages group conversations will benefit from end-to-end encryption to better secure messages sent between users. Here it is primarily RCS, and not SMS and MMS.

Since 2021, RCS messages sent by two people on the Google Messages app have been secure because they are end-to-end encrypted. This method makes messages unreadable by the developer and operators unless they have a specific encryption key.

WhatsApp has already used this protection system for many years, as Messenger applied it to its group chats in January 2022. Good news: Google Messages is gaining momentum as group conversations also benefit, at least in beta version first.

The groups now affected

The Mountain View giant announced the news in a dedicated blog post – a day after unveiling a slew of small new features for Android. From now on, regardless of whether you are talking to one or more people in a conversation, the messages sent will be end-to-end encrypted.

RCS Google Messages
Source: Google

This applies to both written text and sending files and images. On the other hand, only RCS (Rich Communication Services) is affected by this update. As a reminder, an RCS is a kind of enhanced SMS that allows you to send pictures or videos in high definition, to create group discussions or even share your opinion.

New icon

As explained, end-to-end encryption for chat groups will only be available in beta before being rolled out more widely over the next few weeks or even months. It all depends on how quickly Google moves on the topic.

As for individual conversations, a small “padlock” icon appears next to the send button to inform you that the exchange is indeed protected thanks to encryption.

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