Edgar Cervantes / Android Authority
- Google could soon bring support for user profiles to the Messages app.
- Apps like WhatsApp and Telegram have supported profiles for years now.
Google Messages is the company’s flagship messaging and texting app, coming preloaded on phones from a variety of manufacturers. The app already supports a host of RCS features, and it looks like we might finally get another staple instant messaging (IM) feature.
Redditor seeareeff (h/t: GSMArena) uncovered evidence of user profiles coming to the Google Messages app. The user uploaded a screenshot of a profiles menu in the app, containing options for profile sharing, your profile visibility, and contact-related notifications. These options don’t work right now, but you can nevertheless check out the screenshot below.
The Redditor also noted that you can see a “profile” option tied to Messages if you search in Android settings, and we were indeed able to see this listing. So it definitely looks like this feature is in the works.
Profiles would be an overdue move for Google if it wants Messages to be a more modern experience. Mobile IM apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal all support this option. Profiles contain your name, phone number, and optional features like a profile photo and bio in one place, allowing for easier identification in chats. But we’re also glad to see the company apparently working on profile visibility toggles, allowing you to hide your personal details if need be.