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Google Allo’s Incognito Chats Have Snapchat-Like Expiring Messages

You may not believe it but all of the nice graphics you see above is the background of incognito conversation on Google Allo. It differentiates between a normal chat and an incognito chat. These are more secure chats. That’s because they are end to end encrypted having unique identity for each participant. But it has a bad side too, Google Assistant does not work for them.

Another great feature of incognito chat is that it will have a small timer on top next to the recipient’s name and photo having a blue indicator for the expiration time which can be set by user. You can decide whether you want it to expire in 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, or 1 week.

You can keep changing the expiration time throughout the chat and changing the time will not affect the previously sent messages. So if you sent the earlier message 1 hour expiration, changing the expiration time to new message will not change its expiration time.

According to, in this test version of Allo, there is no way to know how long a message you sent or received exactly has until it disappears.

Another thing is that the message goes off from the sender’s chat after it’s delivered by the same expiration rule. It’s believed that the concept of expired message is inspired from Snapchat, but this will be applied in a different way.


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