RCS, the next generation of SMS protocol, finally seems to be coming to users. Boasting a slew of notable features like high-res photo & file sharing, secure payment, location sharing, and more, Rich Communication Services has got enough impressive goodies to replace the old-fashioned SMS messages with a richer and more versatile text-message system.
That said, RCS (also known as SMS+) is still embroiled into a rather complicated career and its dependency on carriers is preventing the advanced messaging from being available to everyone across the world. Thankfully, that’s changing a little bit and if your device is compatible, you can get RCS messaging on your Android device. Even if your phone carrier doesn’t support this, there is a workaround that can help you activate RCS. So, without further ado, let’s see how you can enable RCS on your Android device.
How to Enable RCS Chat on Your Android Device :-
Google is rolling out RCS in several countries around the globe. Unfortunately, what seems to be preventing it from achieving the full potential is not the shortcomings (more on them later) but the lack of straightforward roll-out policy. A case in point, in many parts of the world including the United States, an Android device user must be on a carrier that supports the RCS Universal Profile like Google Fi. Though the search giant is slowly but steadily providing RCS chat services directly to Android users in some countries ( i.e the UK and France), the days for the direct rollout of this advanced messaging system across the globe still seem far away at least for now. Anyway, whether you have a supported Android phone or your device is yet to get lucky, we have got you covered.
Get RCS Chat in Google Messages on Supported Android Phones
1. Launch “Google Messages” (free) on your Android phone.
2. Now, tap the three dots in the upper-right corner and choose Settings.
3. Next, tap on General and then Chat Features.
Note: In some single SIM devices (or dual SIM devices in which you are using only a single SIM card), “Chat features” option is showing right inside the “Settings” page. In those cases you won’t need to go inside any General option.
4. Now, the app will automatically verify your number for RCS and enable it once approved. In dual SIM devices, you might be asked to enter your number.
Now, wait for a few seconds until Google Messages has verified your phone number. When it’s done, the status will change from Setting up to Connected.
Enable RCS Messaging on Any Android Phone Regardless of Carriers :-
- Be sure to get the beta version of the Google Messages app (direct link).
- Make sure you have the Activity Launcher app installed on your device. If you don’t have one, download it right now from the Google Play Store.
- If the Messages app is running in the background, make sure to force quit it.
- Head over to system settings on your phone and then locate the carrier services. After that clear the storage data.
- Be sure to turn off Wi-Fi as well.