Set up RCS with Samsung Messages HeroSource: Andrew Myrick / Android Central

The rollout of RCS messaging features has been 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 has 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.

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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.

  1. Open the Messages app on your Samsung phone.
  2. Tap the three-dot overflow menu button at the top of your conversations.

    Open Samsung Messages Settings Access Samsung Messages SettingsSource: Android Central

  3. Select Settings from the drop-down menu.
  4. Tap on Chat Settings within the next Settings panel.

    Samsung Messages Settings Menu Samsung Messages RCS Chat SettingsSource: Android Central

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

Google Messages can play a role here for those who can't wait for Samsung or the carrier to activate RCS. For instance, if you want to start using RCS now but haven't gotten the update yet, then you can take advantage of Google Messages and use it while the update gets pushed. In some instances that we have seen, activating RCS through Google's Messages app will then "magically" enable RCS, but this is not a guaranteed method to force the update. These are the steps you'll need to take to activate RCS from Google Messages.

  1. Open the Google Messages app on your phone.
  2. Tap the three-dot menu button in the top right-hand corner.
  3. Select Settings.

    Android home screenGoogle Messages with chat pop-upGoogle Messages setting up chat featuresSource: Android Central

  4. At the top of the Settings panel, tap Chat Features.
  5. Enter your phone number.
  6. Tap Continue.

    Google Messages settingsGoogle Messages setting up RCSGoogle Messages RCS settings pageSource: Android Central

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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