Google Messages allows you to use RCS messaging in most operators, even if they do not have official compatibility. And it’s very simple: just activate the chat functions in the app.

Instant messaging is not just an application, SMS has also evolved thanks to RCS messages. Created by Google with the idea of ​​deploying them to mobile operators, with the Messages application, they can be activated even if the operator does not offer them compatibility, at least in a good number of cases. And it is really simple.

Google messages force RCS to activate

RCS messaging is very similar to that offered by applications such as WhatsApp or Telegram

In 2019, we encountered a ‘trick’ whereby RCS messaging could be enabled on most phones, even though they did not officially support RCS messaging (Rich communication service or rich communication service). Google messages had everything needed to use these messages, but they hid the activation so that the operator would carry out the process. This has changed with the latest versions of Messages.

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The trick of opening the Messages activity with the activation of RCS messaging no longer works because the app itself already offers it as one of its settings. For this you need to install the Google Messages app, the more updated the better (you can even try the beta). Messages is the default app on Android, but you might already have an SMS app (manufacturers usually install theirs): you can also download the one from Google, always keeping in mind that RCS messages you can only send them from this app.

To activate RCS on the phone, the following procedure must be performed:

  • Open the Google Messages app.
  • Go to all three menu items and enter “Settings”.
  • Go up to ‘Chat features‘.
  • You should see the option ‘Activate chat features‘. Click here and the activation process will take place.
  • When you already have the RCS messages active, you will see that the status appears as “Enabled”. In addition, Messages informs you of their availability.
  • If you cannot activate RCS, try delete all data from the Messages app, also to uninstall it to reinstall it.
  • Activation does not work for all operators: thanks to our tests, we have been able to reproduce the process in several Spanish companies that are not officially compatible with RCS.
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Enable Rcs messages

Once RCS messaging is enabled, you can send messages, media, documents, or location from the Messages app just as if it was WhatsApp or Telegram. The mobile operator will not charge you because only the data from your tariff (or your WiFi, as in WhatsApp) is consumed. Of course, to send chat messages the other person must also have completed the above process to activate RCS messages on their mobile. You will see the write box change from “Text Message” to “Chat Message”.

Source : Frandroid