Your chats stay private with automatic previews
With automatic previews, Messages makes chatting easier and safer. This feature works with your message data while keeping your messages private. And it’s optional — so you're in control.
How automatic previews work
How we protect your data
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
- Open the Messages app .
- Tap More Settings.
- Tap Automatic previews.
- 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.