Google is rolling out spam protection in Messages

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Messages’ Spam Protection feature is rolling out for some users

Google has begun rolling out its spam protection feature for Messages after nearly over six months of developing it for Android users.

Google only trying to improve the user experience from the data of spam messages to "detect future spam for users".

That contrasts spam reports manually sent by users to Google, which include the full message sent by the spammer. We have spammy emails, WhatsApp messages, Facebook spam, and so on. Combined with the reach of the Messages app, and the firm should at least put a large dent in the influx of spam.

Thankfully for Android users, Google has been on top of developing a solution to combat this problem, and it'll come to us in the form of an updated Messages app. From those who already have the new Spam Protection, we've learned that it comes as a popup notification.

Android Messages spam protection

When manually reported, the spam messages are submitted to Google, it adds. The feature is now finally rolling out to users all over the world. The report also underlines that this feature is being rolled out in a phased manner and will be available for the users in few days. However, Google says it doesn't save your phone number or the content of texts.

Alternatively, you can toggle the feature on or off by tapping the overflow menu, Settings and then Advanced.

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. There's no telling when this feature is going to hit you, but it seems likely it will be fairly soon.

Android Police also previously discovered a Google support page that went live prematurely with details on how spam protection works.

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