Google has finally started beta launching Magic Compose, the new Messages feature that uses AI to help you write text messages. However, as pointed out by Android Policethe feature has a rather large caveat: it sends up to “20 previous messages” to Google’s servers to generate suggestions — even if you use RCS with end-to-end encryption (E2EE) .
Google outlines these conditions on the Magic Compose support page, which notes that these messages, along with any attached emoji, reactions, and URLs, will be sent to its servers to help the AI create a appropriate answer. The company added that it will not send any messages with attachments, voice messages, and images but said that “image captions and voice transcripts can be sent.”
Google first launched the E2EE app in 2020 and made it available for group chats last year. Togging the feature means that third parties – even Google – can see your messages. While using Magic Compose with E2EE Carry On send your messages to Google’s servers, the company maintains that it still can’t read them.
Google spokesperson Justin Rende further clarified the The Verge that “conversation data used by Magic Compose is not stored” and that “suggested response outputs are not retained once the user has provided them.” If you turn off Magic Compose, Google will not send your messages to its servers.
If you have access to the feature, you’ll see a chat bubble next to the app’s message composer. From there, you can select a suggested answer and then proceed to rewrite the text using various preset styles, such as “chill,” “excited,” or “Shakespeare.” The feature seems to only work with RCS messages at the moment, and there’s no word on when it might support SMS/MMS.
Microsoft has also launched a similar feature in its keyboard app, SwiftKey. It allows you to select the Bing icon within the app’s toolbar to compose text messages and emails, as well as change the tone, format, and length of suggested messages.