How to enable RCS Chat in Google Messages

RCS, or Rich Communication Services messaging, is a system that was developed as a replacement to SMS and is intended to be a modern take on texting that can compete with apps such as Facebook Messenger, iMessage, and WhatsApp. It allows users to use services such as group conversations, sharing video and audio, and high-resolution photos, among others. It also includes features such as read receipts and real-time viewing.

The implementation of this new protocol has been quite slow. Google, which was formed in 2017 and accepted into the GSM Association the following year, opted to expedite the process and began negotiating with major network carriers globally to implement RCS.

If you want to use the RCS Chat feature on your smartphone, here’s a step-by-step tutorial for utilizing the Google Messages app.

How to enable RCS Chat in Google Messages

Step 1: Open the Google Messages application on your smartphone.

Step 2: When the app opens, tap on the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner.

Step 3: From the drop-down options, click on the “Settings” option.

Step 4: Now, toggle the switch ON for the “Chat Features” option.

Step 5: You will now be asked to enter your phone number. After that, tap on the “Continue” button.

After you have completed all of the steps in this guide, the RCS Chat feature in the Google Messages program will be activated. The Chat Capabilities menu will display “Setting up…” under Status until it changes to Connected, at which point you can begin using the new features.