RCS Chat, Google's vision for the future of messaging, is slowly rolling out to people around the globe. However, rather than waiting on carriers to adopt the RCS standard, Google's taking matters into its own hands and enabling RCS Chat for all phones regardless of carrier in select countries — you just have to use its Messages app. If your phone is supported, here's how to enable RCS Chat features in Google Messages.
How to enable RCS Chat features in Google Messages in supported countries and on supported carriers
Note: This will work on all Android phones and carriers in the U.S., UK, and France, and on supported carriers in other countries like Canada.
- Open Google Messages on your Android phone.
- If you don't have the app, you can download it for free.
- Tap the three dots in the upper-right corner.
- Tap Chat features
- Enter your phone number.
That's all there is to it! It may take several seconds for Google Messages to verify your phone number, but once it's completed, your status should change from "Setting up" to "Connected." When you message someone else who also has RCS enabled, the chat will automatically offer the enhanced messaging experience.
How to enable RCS Chat in countries where it's not supported
Unfortunately, while there used to be a hack available to activate RCS in countries where it's not supported, once Google completed its RCS rollout in the US, that workaround was disabled.
We'll let you know if we discover any opportunities like that in the future!
Did you activate RCS?
Let us know about your RCS experiences in the comments below!
Control's Foundation DLC shows Remedy's still in top form
Remedy takes us back to the Oldest House on another exciting mission to save the Federal Bureau of Control. If this expansion is any indication, the next one potentially involving Alan Wake should be incredible.
Everything you need to know about the OnePlus 8, 8 Lite, and 8 Pro!
OnePlus wowed us in 2019 with an onslaught of excellent handsets, and for 2020, the company looks to one-up itself yet again. Between the OnePlus 8, 8 Lite, and 8 Pro, here's everything you need to know about what OnePlus is cooking up this year.
Top 15 Google Duo tips and tricks for better video calls
Google Duo is a solid yet simple video chat app that is available across several platforms, including Android, iOS, and web. Yet despite how simple it is, there are a number of useful tips and tricks to be learned to get the most out of the app. We'll walk you through the top 15.
Listen to these playlists from Amazon Music while you work from home
These expertly created playlists from Amazon Music will help you power through any mood and all the feels of working from home during forced isolation. There are over 20 that Amazon is featuring in the app right now, but here are my 12 favorites.