Google Messages set to get auto-OTP deletion and ‘SMS Categories’ features: Reduced tension! Two new features are coming in Google Messages app, such messages will be automatically deleted and filtered
New features will work only on these Android versions
In a blog post, Google announced the rollout of these two new features for Google Messages users in India. The rollout will happen in English on Android phones running Android 8 and above in India in the coming weeks. Both the OTP auto deleting feature and the category feature are optional and can be turned on or off in the settings. For these features, users will need to update Google Messages to the latest version, and be running Android 8 or newer.
Category feature will work like this
If the Categories feature is on, SMS messages on Google Messages will be classified into different categories based on their usage. For example, bank transactions and bills will be filtered in the Transactions tab, while conversations with saved numbers will be kept in the Personal tab. Google says the categorization happens securely on the user’s device so the conversation stays in the app and can be accessed offline as well.
OTP feature will work like this
As for the OTP feature, Google is providing the option to automatically delete the OTPs 24 hours after they are received, so users don’t have to spend time deleting them manually. This will help users to keep their messages clutter free and remove unnecessary messages easily. Last year, Google expanded spam protection to help reduce the amount of unwanted messages by automatically moving suspicious spam messages to the Spam folder.
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