Google Messages Won’t Work On Uncertified Android Mobiles

Recently we heard that Google is planning to retrieve its Android Messages app from the uncertified handset models in the upcoming months. According to XDA-Developers, some code snippets tell Google might disallow uncertified handset models to use its Google Messages application. The code snippets also suggest that Google may put this new rule into practice from March 31, 2021.

 It is really sad news for those users who are using uncertified Android phones as they wouldn’t be able to utilize the native Google Messages application on their mobiles. Countless cheap Android handsets are not certified by Google for using its Android operating systems. If Google literally disables its Messages app for such phones, it will affect millions of Android users worldwide.

Google will target all those smartphones that Google has not verified for using its operating system and mobile services. According to some reports, Google hasn’t verified 2019’s Huawei mobile phones, so all of these handsets will not be able to use Messages.

What is Messages?

The Messages is Google’s native SMS and instant messaging app for Android devices. The company launched this application in 2014. Users can also access their messages on a computer by navigating to

If you wish to access your phone’s SMS application on a computer, open an internet browser on a computer and then navigate to After that, you have to find and select the button that says, ‘Messages for web.’ Now you will see a new window on your browser. Simply follow the instructions on your screen. That is how you can access the Messages application on a computer.

Messages Shutting Down on All Uncertified Handsets

Currently, there is no official report from Google itself on this matter, and it is just a hint that XDA-Developers got from the recent Google Messages code snippets.

Gladly, one other Google’s application might soon arrive for uncertified Android users so that they can continue receiving and sending messages. According to 9to5Google, the Google Duo application will also stop working on the unverified Android devices. Android devices that are not certified by Google to use its mobile services may not support the Messages and Google Duo applications in the future.

Currently, there is no exact confirmation from Google regarding when this change will take place. Messages is one of the most crucial applications for mobile users as it allows them to receive, send, and read text messages on Android devices. Currently, there is no other app comparable to Google’s Messages app.

However, there are some third party applications available that might provide unverified devices with basic texting functions. For example, Truecaller is capable of functioning as a default texting app on Android phones. So, even if Google strips off the Messages app from some users, they are not completely helpless as they can set up a third-party text app.

When the XDA Developers team was checking the snippet codes in Messages 7.7.203, they came across the information regarding the app’s future plan. They saw that the app would stop its support for unverified devices from March 31, 2021.

Many smartphone manufacturers use Google mobile services on their handsets without certifying their smartphones by Google to use their mobile services. They typically sideload the Google iconic SMS app. Since this app doesn’t require Google account registration, it works effectively even without certification from Google. However, it now seems like Google has decided to strip off its SMS app from such devices. These uncertified devices have no right to use Google’s mobile services, and this is why Google is taking this initiative.

It could be a critical warning for mobile manufacturing companies so that they never use Google’s services without proper rights.

We hope this article was helpful and interesting. Whatever we got to learn about the Android SMS app’s future, we thought it would be better to share it with everyone. Thank you for staying here with us for a moment.

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