Freedom Mobile is rolling out RCS support for Android Messages

Since iMessage won't be coming to Android anytime soon, Google's been hard at work to build up its own version of the popular messaging service using RCS technology and its excellent Android Messages app. On Thursday, October 11, Freedom Mobile announced that it's now rolling out RCS features for its subscribers.

If you're on Freedom Mobile and use Android Messages, this means your basic SMS texting is about to get a big upgrade. You'll be able to see when people are typing, know when someone's seen your message, send higher-quality photos + video, have group chats that don't suck, and more.

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The person you're talking to will also need to be using Android Messages on a network that supports RCS in order for this to work, and Freedom Mobile says it should be available for all compatible phones "over the coming weeks."

To get RCS set up, you'll need to have a phone running Android 5.0 or later and make sure that your Android Messages app is updated to at least v3.6. To check and see if everything's working, open Android Messages, tap the three-dot menu icon, and go to Settings -> Advanced -> Chat Features -> Enable chat features.

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • One reason I hate the stock Android message app...the notification bar. Huge, ugly and intrusive compared to Samsung's.....oh and it makes a mess of your Gear notifications. Ugh
  • The stock Android messages doesn't even look like that anymore
  • Beating major carriers it seems
  • So sad.
  • Will Samsung messages support this function if I message some 5hat has Android messages?
  • Still waiting on T-Mobile
  • Right? So much for having it last quarter for anything but Samsung and LG phones that are carrier branded.
  • Still waiting on Rogers?
  • Meanwhile on T-Mobile... 😴😴😴
  • Horrible. They said they were working on it in the beginning of the year and they are clueless if you call up and ask. We know more then the customer service.