Google Messages Will Automatically Delete Your OTPs After 24 Hours

Google Messages Will Automatically Delete Your OTPs After 24 Hours

A APK Exploded View from XDA Developers revealed that Google Messages will automatically delete your OTPs after 24 hours. Google Messages is the default messaging app for Android devices.

The channel that enables this feature was spotted in Google Messages version 6.7.067. This means that Google will now declutter your SMS inbox by deleting messages such as one-time passwords or OTPs that expire within minutes of being sent.

The channel displays Google messages capable of deleting OTPs after 24 hours
The channel displays Google messages capable of deleting OTPs after 24 hours. Credit: XDA Developers

While not a major upgrade, it can be called a subtle tweak of the Google Messages app. OTPs are now an integral part of our digital life and we receive them for multiple tasks. You can receive an OTP for a bank transaction or to sign in to your Gmail account using two-factor authentication. However, they’re just there in the inbox, forming a jumble of unread messages.

When you initiate a transaction, the app itself reads the OTP when your phone receives it via SMS. When this happens, you never even opened the SMS containing the OTP, and your message box still has a number or batch showing the unread messages. The worst happens when you receive an OTP and open the Messages app to find multiple conversations that have unread OTPs.

Android 11 messages and notifications

With the latest rollout of Android 11, we’ve seen Android fine-tune its apps for a better user experience. The notifications panel has also received a functional upgrade. Notifications from different apps will now be organized into categories that you can easily configure.

This update on automatic removal of email applications is part of the improved user experience. I will appreciate if the SMS can also be categorized in the app, so that we can see the most important on one side. However, if you want to categorize your SMS inbox now, you can Download Microsoft’s SMS organizer.

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