Google RCS-SMS is like iMessage for Android. Here is how you use it – CNET

Google RCS-SMS is like iMessage for Android. Here, CNET


your text game is a big upgrade in the Google-news-app. 

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SMS on your Android is a whole lot better. Last week, Google announced that it slowly started rolling out RCS Messaging in the United States, the users of the messaging app. If you don’t use the Google-news-app for text messaging on your phone (not to be confused with the Samsung messaging app), you will want to start. 

RCS Messaging additional features similar to Apple’s iMessage on your Android phone, complete with the ability to send photos in full resolution and small bubbles that let you know when someone is typing. Google takes the time, with the introduction, but there are plans to give everyone access to the feature until the end of the year. 

Google has tried his hand at many different messaging services, back Facebook Messenger and Apple’s iMessage to stay to gain any real traction. With RCS Messaging so closely intertwined with text-messaging, Google may have finally found himself a winner. RCS Messaging does not really roll off of the tongue, so that they are within the messages app, Google refers to the service-Chat. 

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let’s take a closer look at what you need to do to turn on the new feature, as well as some of the more nuanced aspects of RCS Messaging. 

getting started with the Google Chat function

First, you need an Android phone with Google-news-app installed and as the default text messaging app. The first time you launch messages, it will ask you whether you want to set it as your default app. Just follow the instructions and don’t worry, you are not your conversation will lose the history of the exchange. 

It may take some time until you access to RCS, Messaging (Google seems content to roll out 1% of the population at a time), but in the meantime, you will be able to take advantage of the news for Web, which allows you to send and receive SMS messages from your computer. So is it still the switch.<'s worth it/p>

RCS-news in the USA, the UK, France, or Mexico — for now, although here, too, the rollout will take some time. Google is currently adding more US users, and expected, RCS enabled for all messages, users in the United States until the end of the year. 


get The prompt asking if you want to see when your friends are typing, but it is so much more than that. 

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you do the Google Chat functions

After the Installation of Google-news-app and set it as the default SMS app, there are two different ways to select the ” enable Chat. You can either wait for them to turn up a command prompt, in the message app are asked if you would like to see, if you enter Text your friends, or you can go into the settings of the messages and look for the switch on the Chat. 

If you see the prompt, tap on Update Now then follow the instructions and enter your phone number when you are prompted. You can also open messages and tap the three-dot menu button (top right of the app) and select ” settings > Chat. If the Chat features is not in the settings, not to access your account RCS completely. 

This same page with the settings is also where you can go to turn their read receipts on or off as well as disable the input indicator when the input and check what happens if the Chat fails, send a message. 


Make sure you adjust the Chat settings. 

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If you run into problems with sending messages, you can also find the current status of your phone, the connection to the Chat service in the app “settings”. As long as he says, Connected your phone number is registered to Chat with, and should the service whenever you speak with a contact person who has also activated the Chat.

This is an important aspect of the Chat. Whoever you speak to, is also the feature is enabled on your device to use the new chat features, although, of course, all the usual SMS functions are still valid. 

you will be able to get the benefits sooner by asking your friends to Google news. They can lead you through the setup process (or send a link to this post). 

If you are impatient and want to try the Chat now, you can try a workaround that some Reddit-discovered users. It is a little technical, but it you should get up and go. 


The messages app looks mostly the same.

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use of the new Chat functions in a conversation

After you click on the chat features, the messages app will continue to function and look the same, and you should keep using the same way you always have. The app knows when you are enabled to talk to someone about the text or other contact via the chat feature. 

The easiest way to tell if a conversation with old-fashioned text-messaging, or the new chat features is the views of the text box before you begin typing. If the box says “Chat message”, then have the conversation, typing indicator, read receipts, and the rest of the features in the RCS Messaging features. 


It’s pretty easy to see when you go to send an SMS, or use the new Chat features. 

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If you are chat functions in use, you will see delivered and read receipts under each message you have sent, and you can send photos in full resolution and share files with other users. You don’t have to do anything special to send a high-resolution image, just tap the photo icon in the app and select the photo or video. You will see a loading circle on the image as it is uploaded and sent, but otherwise the process looks and works the same as sending a text message. 

Because the Chat works on mobile data or Wi-Fi, you can user your phone is in airplane mode, and you will always still be able to and receive messages with other Chat. 

switching phones? Make sure you turn off Google Chat

Yes, and in fact, you should do, before you couldn’t find the SIM card of your phone. To disable if you forget the chat features, before you up to eight days could work to your SIM card to a new phone, and chat functions. Meaning, you can&unsent messages to your number of someone to chat with.nbsp;


RCS Messaging is not encrypted, such as Apple’s iMessage. 

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note: your messages are not encrypted

Google currently does not encrypt your conversations with other chat users. The talks are transferred securely from the phone to the Google server and then to the mobile phone of the recipient, after which the messages deleted from the Google server, but these messages are not end-to-end encrypted. 

you can use iMessage, apps like WhatsApp and Signal -, or Apple, if you prefer end-to-end encryption.

solutions still have more questions about RCS, Messaging, we. We also have a summary of the best news apps for Android users, or if you have to be surprised to be> thinking about jumping ship on iPhone ($699 at Amazon)is. 

Released on Tue, 19 November 2019 15:17:00 +0000

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