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Understand the basics of privacy in Google Messages

Keeping you safe online means protecting your information and respecting your privacy. That’s why we focus on keeping your information secure, treating it responsibly, and keeping you in control within Google Messages and in every product we make.

Your information is protected by world-class security.

Important: To make sure your personal information isn't shared more widely than you intend, be aware of your Google Account privacy settings. The settings include when messaging people who aren't in your contacts. Learn how to change your account visibility.

A more secure & helpful experience for you

Your 1:1 chat messages with your contacts are private and encrypted end-to-end

When you message someone who also has RCS chats turned on in Google Messages, your chat conversations automatically upgrade to end-to-end encryption. With end-to-end encryption, no one can read the content sent between you and the other person.

Your contacts

We use information about your contacts to identify if they are available to chat. This makes it easier for you to send messages.

Your location

When you choose to share your location in Google Messages, Google Messages collects your location. To turn off location collection, you can remove location permissions for Google Messages in your device settings.

Google Messages uses data to improve your experience

To improve Google Messages’ performance and reliability, and to help with troubleshooting issues, Google Messages collects performance data, crash logs, and diagnostics. We also use this information to help prevent abuse of our services.

When you choose to enable certain features, like spam detection, Google Messages uses additional data to improve those features and Google’s other products and services.

Google Messages doesn’t use your content for advertising

Google Messages doesn’t use information collected in our app for advertising.

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