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How to enable RCS Chat features in Google Messages & which countries support it

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Pixel Google Messages Oops (Image credit: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central)

RCS Chat, Google's vision for the future of messaging, is widely available around the globe. Rather than waiting on carriers to adopt the RCS standard, Google took matters into its own hands and enabled RCS Chat for all phones regardless of carrier — you just have to use its Messages app. If your phone is supported, here's how to enable RCS in Google Messages.

How to enable RCS in Google Messages

  1. If you don't have the app, you can download it for free (opens in new tab).
  2. Tap the three dots in the upper-right corner.
  3. Tap Settings.Source: Android Central

  1. Tap Chat features.
  2. Enter your phone number.
  3. Tap Continue.Source: Android Central

That's all there is to it. It may take several seconds for Google Messages to verify your phone number, but once it's complete, your status should change from "Setting up" to "Connected." Then, when you message someone else who also has RCS enabled, the chat will automatically offer the enhanced messaging experience.

What countries is RCS Chat available?

Google began rolling out RCS Chat to select countries, including France, the U.K., the U.S., and Spain, back in June 2019. As of November 2020, Google completed its rollout and notes RCS is now available in all countries across the globe. Thanks to RCS being available through Google Messages, it means you can use any of the best Android phones and aren't limited to just using a Pixel.

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