Google’s RCS Block on Rooted Android Devices – What’s the Deal?

Google’s blocking the RCS messaging feature on devices that have been rooted or don’t pass the GMS certification.

Rooted phones have been reporting that they can’t send or receive RCS messages on the Google Messages app. Even though the app shows that RCS is up and running, those messages just vanish into thin air after hitting “send.”

Mishaal Rahman, a android blogger, says that Google Messages has started using the Play Integrity API to check if a device has been tampered with. If it detects a rooted phone or a custom ROM, boom! No more RCS for you.

Why Is Google Blocking RCS on Rooted Android Devices? You might be wondering, “What’s Google’s beef with rooted phones?” Well, the company hasn’t come out and said it directly, but it’s likely a move to boost security and prevent any potential misuse of the RCS feature.

While rooting your phone can open up a world of customization options, it also makes your device more vulnerable to security threats. Google probably wants to make sure that RCS, which is supposed to be a more secure messaging platform, stays that way.

If you’re someone who likes to tinker with your Android device, this news might be a bit of a bummer. Losing access to RCS on Google Messages could be a dealbreaker for some folks who rely on the feature to chat with their pals.

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