January 19, 2019

Android Messages Spam Protection Feature Is Rolling Out To Some Users

01 January 2019, 12:12 | Megan Pierce

Messages’ Spam Protection feature is rolling out for some users

Android Messages App

Under "Spam Protection", there's a toggle to enable or disable the functionality. In case it isn't, you can enable it manually by going to Messages' settings and navigating to Settings - Advanced - Spam protection - Enable spam protection. The spam filter was first spotted by Android Police and is located in the Android Messages Settings menu. The feature is now finally rolling out to users all over the world.

It may not be as well-known as Gmail, Maps, or YouTube, but Messages, Google's default app for handling SMS/MMS is an essential part of the (stock) Android experience.

San Francisco: The social giant Google has started rolling out its spam protection feature for Messages post nearly over six months of developing it for Android users. Previously, it was only possible to manually report and block the spammers after receiving the message.

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According to the support page, Google temporarily stores the phone numbers used and times people send and receive messages with you. The advertising message will not even appear, that is, they no way could disturb the user's mobile device. Google notes that data collected from users is aimed at improving future spam detection. Following up on its impressive call screening feature for Pixel phones, the Android Messages app now appears to be getting updated with a new feature called "spam protection".

For this feature, you need to trade-in your privacy and Google's past track is not particularly great when it comes to handling user data.

This is a feature we learned about earlier in the year, and it is now starting to roll out to handsets. Innovation is already available to users in the Messages app, version 3.9, however, the activation of new features happens on Google servers.

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