Google Satellite messaging on Android 15

Google just rolled out Android 15 Beta 2 after concluding the Google I/O ’24 keynotes. Android 15 brings new features and changes including revamped design to various UI elements like Wallpaper & Style app, volume panel and volume sliders, new spatial audio panel, and much more. One intriguing feature, that many of you may have missed, is the Satellite Messaging option.

Android 15 activates Satellite Messaging option for eligible devices on eligible network and regions. For instance, users of Google Pixel 7 series, Pixel 8, and 8 Pro are reporting of successfully activating Satellite Messaging on Android 15 in the United States on T-Mobile and Sprint networks.

Activate Satellite messaging option on Android 15
Satellite Messaging option on Android 15

Satellite messaging support on smartphones is making its rounds. Following Apple’s announcement of Emergency SOS via satellite for the iPhone 14 or later, Google and Samsung have implemented the same on their smartphones as well.

Google added Satellite Messaging feature into the latest Android 15 beta 2. eligible devices can activate this feature now using the following steps.

What is Satellite Messaging?

As the name suggests, using Satellite Messaging, you can send and receive text messages by satellite as part of an eligible T-Mobile account.

Satellite messaging on Android 15 utilizes a network of low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. These satellites enable direct communication with mobile devices equipped with the necessary hardware and software support. Satellite communication ensures coverage in areas devoid of cellular network including remote wilderness, oceans, and disaster-stricken regions.

How it works?

When you don’t have a mobile network, your phone will auto-connect to a satellite. For the best connection, keep a clear view of the sky.

After your phone connects to a satellite, you can text anyone, including emergency services. Your phone will reconnect to a mobile network when available.

Eligibility and Plan Restrictions

Certain T-Mobile plans are eligible for this feature. Some users on the standard Magenta plan reported seeing the option for satellite messaging. Whereas Magenta Max Military Plan users haven’t received it yet. Users on the most basic plan confirmed the feature was available to them.

How to Access Satellite Messaging on Android 15 or above?

  1. Navigate to Settings.
  2. Go to Network & Internet.
  3. Select SIMs.
  4. Choose T-Mobile.
  5. Look for Satellite Messaging.

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