The rollout of RCS messaging features was a slow and frustrating process for all Android users. Then, Google decided to hop on the bandwagon and give just about everyone access to RCS through its own Messages app. Still, Samsung also lagged behind due in part to different carriers dragging their feet. Today, we're taking a look at how you can set up RCS chat with the Samsung Messages app — provided that your carrier has enabled it.
Products used in this guide
- Affordable greatness: Samsung Galaxy S20 FE ($549 at Amazon)
- Get RCS from Google: Google Messages (Free at Google Play)
How to set up RCS Chat with Samsung Messages
Unlike with Google Messages, there is currently no way to force the activation of RCS within Samsung Messages. Your ability to activate it solely depends on your carrier activating the "Advanced Messaging" services for the stock Samsung app.
When the time comes, you will be presented with a splash screen giving you the option to opt-in. The screen doesn't specifically mention RCS but instead refers to Chat Features.
Tapping Agree will get you started, and you'll be taken to the Settings screen for Messages. From there, just tap Start and then your number will be enrolled in RCS.
- Open the Messages app on your Samsung phone.
Tap the three-dot overflow menu button at the top of your conversations.
- Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
Tap on Chat Settings within the next Settings panel.
Once you have entered the Chat Settings, you are presented with more options to tinker with. Here's a breakdown of the different toggles:
- Use nickname in chats
- Set Nickname
- Share read status: Allow others to know when you have read their message.
- Auto download: Automatically download chat attachments.
- Roaming auto download
- Share typing indications: Indicates to others that you are typing.
Currently, no extra settings are allowing you to "dive deeper" while using RCS. But considering that this has been a very slow and staged rollout, we are expecting more features in the future.
How to set up RCS Chat with Google Messages
If RCS features in Samsung Messages still don't work with your carrier, another option is to download the Google Messages app and access RCS features that way. Once downloaded, enabling RCS in Google Messages is as easy as confirming your phone number and toggling RCS on. Here's what the process looks like.
- Open the Google Messages app on your phone.
- Tap the three-dot menu button in the top right-hand corner.
- At the top of the Settings panel, tap Chat Features.
- Enter your phone number.
After you have entered your phone number and tapped Continue, that's all you will have to do. The Chat Features menu will show "Setting up..." Under Status, but this will only take a few moments. When the Status changes to Connected you can take advantage of RCS features in Google's messaging app.
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Flagship phone for less
Without a doubt, Samsung's Galaxy S20 FE is one of the best Android phones of 2020. It's filled with top-tier specs across the board, including a 120Hz AMOLED display, Snapdragon 865 processor, and a trio of great cameras. You get all of that and more for hundreds less than most other flagships, making it a value you can't ignore.
Google Messages (Free at Google Play)
Google Messages may not be at the top of everyone's list for best messaging apps, but you can't argue how great it is to not have to wait for Samsung or your carrier to get access to the latest features. With Messages, you can do this and more.
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