Google will soon introduce end-to-end encryption in RCS group chats

It seems the E2EE for RCS group chats is now one step closer to the launch.

Google will soon introduce end-to-end encryption in RCS group chats
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For many, Google Messages’ RCS has been the iMessage for Android users, giving users a chat experience for millions of Android users worldwide, but that experience is still half-baked. After getting end-to-end encryption, Google Messages still needs to support E2EE to group chats over RCS, and it’s finally happening.

Google confirmed that end-to-end encryption would be coming to group chats over RCS in the Messages app earlier this year, giving us a timeline of late 2022 for an open beta.

A user on Reddit reported a message in an RCS group chat in the Google Messages app, wherein it mentions that the message is encrypted. The message also asks the user to visit a webpage to learn more about this feature.

Google will soon introduce end-to-end encryption in RCS group chats
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Notably, this link mentions end-to-end encryption and suggests that Google has at least started testing end-to-end encryption for RCS group chats in the Google Messages app.

This is definitely in beta, but there is a big catch here. For an RCS group chat to have end-to-end encryption, a toggle must be flipped on for all participants. The app could flip back to its normal unencrypted state in this case, but in the one example given below, it seems the app unsuccessfully sent an encrypted message.

Google will soon introduce end-to-end encryption in RCS group chats

The debugging menu below shows if E2EE is enabled on the device for group chats, but there’s no easy way to tell at this point or to force it.

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