The much-awaited “Google Allo” has finally been launched. Loaded with the superior features like Incognito Mode, Assistant and more, this messaging app is born to rule.

I’m sure you would be craving to get started with Allo. And why not; it more than just deserves a try. To let you master this all new messaging app, we have made this ultimate guide. Let’s check out!

How to Install, Set Up and Use Google Allo on iPhone or Android Phone

How to Install, Set Up and Use Google Allo on Android/iPhone

How to Install Allo on Android/iPhone

Step #1. Launch the Play Store/App Store on your smartphone.

Launch the Play Store on Android Phone

Step #2. Now, search for Google Allo.

Step #3. Tap the three dots at the top right corner.

Tap the three dots at the top right corner

Step #4. Tap on Install.

Tap on Install

How to Set Up Allo app on Android/iPhone

Step #1. First, Open Allo app on your smartphone.

Open Allo app on your smartphone

Allow Allo access to your contacts, phone storage. Allow it to send and view SMS messages as well.

Step #2. Enter your phone number.

Enter your phone number

Step #3. Enter the verification code.

Step #4. Now, you need to take a picture or select one from the gallery.

Take a picture or select one from the gallery

Step #5. Add your name and tap on Next.

Add your name and tap on Next

How to start a chat in Allo on Android/iPhone

Being a mobile-first messaging service, this messaging app relies on phone contacts. Hence, to initiate a chat make sure your friend has installed it on their device.

There is an option to send an invite link to let your friend download Allo.

Step #1. Tap the Message action button at bottom right corner.

Tap the Message action button at bottom right corner

Step #2. Now, you have to enter your contact’s name in the search box or scroll down to choose the contact.

Enter your contact's name in the search box

How to start a group chat in Allo on Android/iPhone

Step #1. Simply tap the Message action button.

Step #2. Next, you have to select Start group chat and add participants to the group.

Select Start group chat and add participants to the group

Step #3. Add a name and avatar. Now, go ahead with the chat.

Add a name and avatar. Now, go ahead with the chat

How to Delete chats, turn off notifications and block contacts

Allow lets you delete chats turn off notifications and even block contacts with ease.

Step #1. Simply press and hold any chat in the main inbox view.

Simply press and hold any chat in the main inbox view

Step #2. Now, you need to select “delete” from the list.

Now, you need to select any one option

Check out the option to stop notifications from that conversation or block the contact.

How to start an incognito chat in Allo on Android/iPhone

All the chats in this advanced messaging app are end-to-end-encrypted. However, when you enable Incognito Mode, it prevents Google from storing a record of your conversation.

Better still, you have the option to set an expiration timer for the chat window.

Step #1. Just tap the Message action button.

Step #2. Then, you have to select Start incognito chat. Now, you have to enter your contact’s name or scroll down the list to find the contact.

Select Start incognito chat

Step #3. Select the contact to start an incognito chat.

Select the contact to start an incognito chat

Step #4. You can tap on the timer icon at the top right corner to set a chat expiration timer. Then, you need to select the timer duration. You have the option to set it for anything from 5 seconds to 1 week, or completely disable the feature.

tap on the timer icon, set a chat expiration timer. Then, you need to select the timer duration

How to Use the Google Assistant on Android/iPhone

Allo has a built-in search tool bot that allows you to quickly find things from the internet and share them instantly with your friends.

Step #1. Just tap the Message action button.

Step #2. Then, you have to select Google Assistant.

Select Google Assistant

Step #3. Now, just type anything like famous restaurants nearby. Google will suggest you the famous restaurants which are near to your current location.

Type anything like famous restaurants nearby. Google will suggest you

Send SMS using Allo

As per Google, Allo can send regular text messages to non-Allo users. However, the message is not sent to iPhone or non-Android users. If the receiver is Android user, he/she receives a popup notification suggesting them that the person is “chatting with” them using the Allo app. It also shows the option to install the app on their device.

Now, make the most of these tips to use Allo to your best liking. Have you tried out Duo—an excellent video calling app from Google? Do check out this easy guide to get started with it as well.

What do you think of Allo? Will it be able to give WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger a run to their own money? Do share your feedback in the comments below or on Facebook,Twitter, and Google Plus.