Google Messages Will Automatically Delete OTPs From Your Inbox Now

Google Messages has been gradually getting new features over the past few years, and this new one is limited to India.

Google really wants users to use its Messages app. After trying and failing to build an effective messaging tool for years, Google has been focusing on Messages for a while now. The company has now announced that Google Messages will delete text messages with One-Time Passwords (OTPs) automatically. The feature is limited to users in India right now, which makes sense, given that western countries don’t really use OTPs as much as we do. Google said it will add a feature that allows the app to automatically detect and delete OTP messages from the user’s inbox after 24 hours, keeping it “clutter free”.

Further, the messaging app will also use a machine learning algorithm to automatically sort messages into categories like personal, transactions and OTPs. “That means, bank transactions and bills will be filtered into the transactions tab, while conversations with saved numbers can be easily located in the personal tab. All of this happens safely on your device so your conversations stay in the app and you can access your categorized messages offline,” Google said in its blog post

The fact that Google is trying to make Messages the iMessage counterpart for Android is inescapable at this point. Apple’s messaging app separates messages into categories automatically too, though it doesn’t allow you to automatically delete OTPs yet. Earlier this month, Google added end-to-end encryption (E2EE) to Google Messages, making it pretty much the only SMS app that lets you encrypt regular texts.

Encryption, of course, is a feature that companies like WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal tout to attract users to their platforms. It’s become a bone of contention between these services and governments as well, but is a feature that most users want.

But the similarities with iMessage don’t end there. Google is the largest and one of the few companies that has been pushing rich communication services (RCS), a technology that allows carriers to deliver instant messaging (IM) like features on text messages. It means Android phones will be able to get emojis, and other media on regular text messages, just like you can on iMessage. Of course, RCS has to be supported by carriers too, but it definitely gives Google’s Messaging app an edge over others.

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