Your chats stay private with the Google Assistant in Messages
Messages can show you suggestions to get more info from the Google Assistant about movies, restaurants and more. Assistant suggestions let you see and share helpful info quickly, without leaving your conversation.
How suggestions work
- Created by technology that’s built into your device so that your conversations stay in the Messages app
- Based on your recent chats
- Only visible to you, but if the person you’re chatting with uses Messages, they might get the same ones
If you tap a suggestion, Messages asks the Google Assistant to search for that term. Results show up as a card that you can see and share in your conversation.
If you’re signed in to the Google Assistant, your searches show up in My Activity. Only your search terms are sent to the Google Assistant, not your conversation.
- The Google Assistant can read what’s on your screen if you use an option called 'Use screen context'.
- If you’re signed in to the Google Assistant, it will use that Google Account when you search.
- To improve suggestions, Messages sends Google the category of the suggestion (for example, a movie, weather or restaurant), and whether you tapped it.
How we protect your data
Your conversations are personal, and that’s why Messages uses technology that keeps them private.
Conversations stay in the Messages app
The Messages app creates suggestions with technology that’s built into your device. This way, your conversations stay in the Messages app. They aren’t sent to the Google Assistant or Google servers.
Shared cards don’t identify you
Cards that you share from the Google Assistant don’t have any of your personal information, like your name, email or when you last visited a place.
Cards that you share with people who use Messages are saved temporarily on Google servers but aren’t linked to you. If you share a card with someone who uses another app, they’ll see a URL to Google search results.
Suggestions use only regional location
To offer relevant suggestions, Messages gets lists of local places for large regions from Google servers. For example, if you’re in Birmingham, you might get a suggestion for the Bullring Market.
If Messages has location permissions, it can request and download these lists. When Messages makes the request, your device’s exact location and any personal identifiers, like your name, email or phone number, aren't sent to Google servers.
Important: When you use the Google Assistant, it uses your device’s location settings and the Google Account linked to your Google Assistant to provide results.
You're in control
- To view and delete suggestions that you tapped, go to My Activity. If you delete an item there, it won’t be deleted from your chat.
To stop getting suggestions from the Google Assistant in Messages: in the Messages app, tap Settings Suggestions in chat. Turn off Assistant suggestions.
Google Assistant settings stay separate
When you use the Assistant suggestions in Messages, these stay the same:
- How your Google Account works with the Google Assistant
- Your device’s location settings, which are used by the Google Assistant