Starting from March 31, 2021, Google will start disabling Google Messages from working on âuncertifiedâ Android devices.
This sudden update will not affect most of the people. However, it does arise some questions related to âuncertifiedâ Android devices. Such as, what is an âuncertifiedâ Android device, and how do you make sure youâre not using one?
What is Uncertified Android Device?
Devices which are not certified were not able to pass Googleâs Android compatibility test to ensure they meet Googleâs quality and security standards.
Some of the newly launched Android devices were uncertified for the time being but are certified now as the process is complete.
In some cases, an uncertified device could mean the manufacturer was not able to submit the device for Googleâs certification, or was not able to pass the test.
According to Google,Â using an uncertified Android device carries several risks. For instance,Â
- Devices thatÂ arenâtÂ Play Protect certified may not be secure.Â
- Devices thatÂ arenâtÂ Play Protect certified may not get Android system updates or app updates.Â
- Mobile applicationsÂ thatÂ arenâtÂ Play Protect certifiedÂ arenâtÂ licensed and may not be real Google apps.Â
- Apps and features on devices thatÂ arenâtÂ Play Protect certified may not work correctly.Â
- Data on devices thatÂ arenâtÂ Play Protect certified may not back up securely.Â
Above mentioned security risks are theÂ reasonÂ Google is banning Google Messages on uncertified phones.Â Â
Without the Play Store verifications, Google canât ensure the appâs end-to-end encryption is properly configured, which could leave your messages and personal data compromised.
On the other hand, allÂ uncertified android phones areÂ notÂ dangerous. In some cases, rooting your phone or making other system-level modifications will revoke a deviceâs certification.Â
How to know if your device is certified or Not?
Rarely an average person is using an uncertified Android device â but it is possible. Some uncertified devices are from well-known brands that Google no longer supports. For example, some of the Huawei devices are uncertified and cannot currently apply for certification in some regions.
To confirm your Android phone is certified you can check via the Google Play Store settings.
- Open the Google Play Store app.
- Tap on the three-lined button on the top-left corner of the screen.
- Select âSettingsâ from the sidebar.
- Scroll down to the âAboutâ section. Under âDevice Certification,â it will say either âcertifiedâ or âuncertified.â
If your phone is certified, you can continue using Google Messages without any issue. If not, then you will have to find a new messaging app or a new device (or unroot your device).
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