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We tell you how to activate RCS messages on an Android

Not all important advances in phones are based on hardware or flashy functions, and the RCS (rich communication services) messenger is a good example. Although it seems a boring issue, in reality, the RCS messenger represents just the opposite: it is a great update of the obsolete text or SMS messages that we have been enjoying since the 1990s, and in fact, RCS messages they convert text messages into a chat application with great potential, which includes reading confirmation, real-time response indicators and interactive media. Then we will explain step by step how to activate RCS messages on your Android.

And is that the RCS protocol has been in development for some time, but has finally landed on Android correctly. While at the beginning it was available as a exploitGoogle launched RCS support for its Google Messages application at the end of 2019. However, it is not activated by default, so you will have to touch some buttons to activate it correctly. Although you will only enjoy its functions whether you or your recipient have RCS enabled, it is worth activating, even if you are alone with it. We tell you how to do it.

How to activate the RCS messenger in Google Messages

You must complete some steps to activate the RCS messenger, but it is important to take into account the specific requirements: RCS must have been enabled in your region and by your operator, but most importantly, keep in mind that RCS needs a mobile data connection or Wi-Fi to use the new chat features. Without a data connection, they will not work. Of course, without connection, you will return SMS messages to travel, so it is not a decisive factor for many but it is definitely something to consider if you have a limited amount of mobile data.

First, you should use Google Messages as the main text messaging application. Some phones, such as those running Android One or Google Pixel, will already do so as a default messaging application, but if they don't, you should download the Messages application from the Play Store and open it. You will be asked to set it as the default messenger application, but if you skip that step by mistake, you can change your default messenger application by going toConfiguration, then pressing Applications and notifications > Advanced > Default applications > SMS application. Then select the Messages application as your default messaging application.

Next, you should open the Messages application and open the settings by touching the three vertical dots in the upper right corner and selecting Settings. From there, play Chat functions Y Enable chat features to activate the RCS messenger. A new bar will appear on the option, and display Settings in orange while you are verified. When you're done, read Connected in green. If not, press retry and verify that RCS is enabled in your region and with your operator.

Once enabled, you can start playing with all its functions: you can check the read confirmations and the writing indicators from here, as well as learn more about the specific chat features offered by RCS.

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