Great news, Android are finally rolling out end-to-end encryption for their Messaging App.
Until now, any messages sent via the Android Messaging app were not fully encrypted which means that your conversations could be intercepted. Android have been working on their end-to-end encryption for a while now and it is now available to their users but you might have to set it up.
It is worth noting that this version is not perfect and has a few restrictions like:
- It will only work for one-to-one conversation
- Group messaging will break the encryption
- Both sides of the messaging must have the Rich Communication features enabled on their device
If you have already turned on the Rich Communication Service on your device the end-to-end encryption will automatically be enabled.
If you haven’t or you are not sure, here’s how to set it up:
- Open the Android Message App
- Tap on the three dots button in the top right corner of the screen
- Select Chat Features
- On this screen you can see your status, it should read “Status: Connected”
- Then switch the ‘Enable Chat Feature’ to ON.
And that’s it, you should be set up for the end-to-end encryption for your one-to-one conversations and will see a little lock icon below the messages that are encrypted.
All the best,