How you can make Messages work better for you

With optional features like automatic previews and real-time spam reports, Messages makes chatting easier and safer. These features work with your message data while keeping your messages private. And they're optional — so you're in control.

Automatic previews

What it means to turn on automatic previews

You'll see preview cards from Google related to certain content in your messages and when you search in the app. Cards appear for links, places, and other types of content that the Messages app is able to recognize over time.

How we protect your data

Automatic previews only use select info (like addresses and links) without linking it to identifiers like your name or phone number.

We use only the info needed for a preview

The Messages app uses on-device intelligence to automatically spot specific things, like links or street addresses, in your chat history. We use those links and addresses to create preview cards.

We use data without personally identifying you

Those specific things, like links and addresses, are the only parts of your message content that we use in this feature. They're sent to Google for a quick, secure lookup without saving them to your Google Account or Location History, and without linking them to identifiers like your name or phone number.

You’re in control

You can turn automatic previews on or off at any time in Settings:

  1. Open the Messages app Messages Logo Round.
  2. Tap More Moreand then Settings.
  3. Tap Automatic previews.
  4. Turn on/off Show all previews.

Automatic previews include web link previews, but you can choose to only show web link previews. Learn even more.

Spam detection

How Messages helps detect and prevent spam

To keep you safer, Messages tries to detect suspected spam and lets you block and report spammers. If you see a suspected spam warning in Messages, you can let Google know if it’s spam or not by tapping “Report spam” or “Report not spam.” Spam reports include a copy of the spammer's messages (up to 10) and go to Google so Messages can better detect future spam for you. Mobile carriers that support spam reporting may get a copy of the spammer’s last SMS message and phone number in a separate SMS conversation, which may have an additional cost.

How we protect your data

With spam protection enabled, some info about your messages is sent to Google without including the actual content or your phone number.  

To help identify spammers, Google temporarily stores the phone numbers of people sending and receiving messages with you and the times they messaged with you, but does not store your phone number or the content of these messages.

If you submit a spam report, we include the spammer’s last 10 messages, but not your responses (if any). The spammer won't see or know about your report.

You’re in control

Spam protection is turned on automatically and you can turn it off anytime in Settings.

It’s also optional to send spam reports to Google. You can also just block a phone number without reporting spam. Learn even more about reporting spam or blocking a number.

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