Google Messages app has a serious advertising problem in India: Here’s how you can fix it

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Google Messages is the default messaging (SMS) app on Android smartphones that comes pre-loaded for users. Over the past few years, Google introduced its Rich Communication Services (RCS) messaging service.

But the platform seems to have gone rogue in markets like India, where people are being flooded with spam messages from verified business accounts. Most of these ads are about pre-approved loans from banks or financing firms. RCS was supposed to help people to send SMS in rich form, which includes adding emojis, pictures and other multimedia items.

According to reports, people are getting these ads even when the phone does not have a SIM installed/enabled on the device. Just to understand the gravity of the problem, we decided to independently verify the presence of ads on Google Messages.

HOW TO STOP GETTING ADS ON GOOGLE MESSAGES APP

Thankfully, there is a way to stop receiving these ads, and anybody can do it right away. Follow these steps to make it happen:

  • – Open the Google Messages App
  • – Tap on the Account Bubble on the top-right
  • – Click on Message Settings
  • – Go to Chat Features
  • – Disable the Chat Features option to stop receiving ads via Wi-Fi or mobile data

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