Google Messages issue turns the camera on in the background and uses up the battery. Here’s a fix for {U}

Your camera is on in the background due to a recent Google Messages bug, which quickly depletes your battery and heats up your device.
Google has started distributing a repair for the Messages app.

There is a simple way to quickly take a picture, attach it to a message, and email it to a buddy within the Google Messages app. A live feed from your camera is also available in the view for attaching photos from your gallery, allowing you to either take a quick photo from the thumbnail view or expand it for a better view.

In recent upgrades of the Google Messages app, a fault in the program periodically leaves this camera feed running even when it is not on screen, including when Messages is in the background, as noticed on one of our own handsets and being reported on Reddit . As you may anticipate, this results in tremendous battery depletion and heat.

We had to use Android 12’s privacy indications for the camera and microphone to find the issue because there isn’t a clear reason for the increased usage. An Android 12 handset will display that Google Messages is actively using your camera when the problem arises. Closing the app from the Recents window is the quickest option to resolve the problem right away.

Google Messages using camera permission on Android 12

Update 4/22: Google has verified in a statement to The Verge that the root cause of this battery draining fault has been found, and a permanent fix is currently being rolled out to Google Messages app users. Which version numbers will contain the patch is unclear. Google Messages’ most recent beta variation was made available on April 19.

More generally, if you don’t use the Google Messages viewfinder, disabling the app’s access to your phone’s camera is the quickest method to end this problem in the short term. On a Pixel phone, hit the info icon after pressing and holding the Messages app icon on your launcher. You should now be in the Settings app, where you can select Permissions to control what Google Messages is permitted to do. From this point, you should tap Camera and switch the setting to Don’t allow.

Let us know in the comments if you’ve encountered anything similar on your phone, along with the phone you’re using and whether you’ve signed up for Google Messages beta updates.

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