RCS Chat, Google’s vision for the future of messaging, is slowly rolling out to people around the globe. In the United States and most parts of the world, you need to be on a carrier that supports the RCS Universal Profile (such as Google Fi). However, rather than waiting on carriers to adopt the RCS standard, Google’s taking matters into its own hands and enabling RCS Chat for all phones regardless of carrier in select countries. If your phone is supported, here’s how to enable RCS Chat features in Google Messages.
Products used in this guide
- RCS compatible: Samsung Galaxy S10e ($750 at Samsung)
How to enable RCS Chat features in Google Messages
Open Google Messages on your Android phone.
Tap Yes I’m in on the pop-up.
Tap the three dots in the upper-right corner.
Enter your phone number.
That’s all there is to it! It may take a few seconds for Google Messages to verify your phone number, but once it’s completed, your Status should change from “Setting up” to “Connected.”
Our top equipment picks
Samsung Galaxy S10e
$750 at Samsung
A powerful, compact phone that works with RCS Chat.
Samsung’s Galaxy S10e is an incredibly powerful phone and is a breath of fresh air for people that are sick of big and chunky phablets. The S10e is easy to use with one-hand, has great dual rear cameras, a stunning AMOLED display, and works beautifully with Google’s RCS Chat features.
AUKEY 18W USB-C Power Bank with Quick Charge 3.0
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This power bank can recharge quickly thanks to Power Delivery USB-C charging, and it has Qualcomm Quick Charge to juice up your Galaxy S10 in a hurry.
Samsung EVO Select 256GB MicroSD card
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Expand your S10’s memory and make room for more photos, music, movies, or more apps with this high-speed, high-capacity card.
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