Allo: Everything you need to know

Google actually described Allo as a messaging up for Android and iPhone users. But it does a lot more than just allow you to send messages to other people. It’s a smart messaging app in that it has the power of Google built-in and can apparently learn over time.

Similar to WhatsApp, Allo is based on your phone number, so you can use it to send text messages to anyone in your phonebook – not just other Allo users. Apart from that, Google highlighted three aspects of Allo that make it unique: Expression, Google Assistant, and Security.

How to install Allo

  1. Open the Play Store from your home screen or app drawer.
  2. Search for Google Allo.
  3. Tap the three dots in the top right corner next to the search result.
  4. Tap Install

How to set up Allo

Allo is mobile-first, which means you’ll have to set it up using your phone number.

  1. Give Allo access to your contacts, phone storage, and the ability to send and view SMS messages.
  2. Enter your phone number.
  3. Enter the verification code.
  4. Take a picture, or choose one from the gallery.
  5. Add your name and hit Next.

How to start a chat in Allo

As Allo is a mobile-first messaging service, it relies on your phone contacts. If your contact has Allo installed, you’ll see their name at the top. Else, you can send an invite link for them to download and get started with Allo. Once your intended contact has Allo installed, it’s a straightforward process to initiate a chat session.

  1. Tap the Message action button (circular button with a message icon in the bottom right corner).

Enter your contact’s name in the search box, or scroll down to select the contact.

How to start a group chat in Allo

  1. Tap the Message action button.
  2. Select Start group chat.
  3. Add participants to the group.
  4. Add a name and avatar.

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