How to Check if Your Android Smartphone Has RCS

How to Check if Your Android Smartphone Has RCS

RCS text

You may have heard about RCS and how it’s a huge upgrade over SMS, the old standard for text messaging. But how do you know if you can actually use RCS? We’ll show you how to easily check.

In short, RCS (Rich Communication Service) is the future of text messaging. It brings many features you’ve probably used in instant messaging apps, such as read receipts, typing indicators, and high-quality images, to standard texting.

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The rollout of RCS to phones has been long and messy. For starters, iPhones don’t support RCS at all. Instead, Apple uses its own iMessage standard. Carriers have bogged down the rollout to Android devices, but Google is working to fix that.

So, in order to get RCS, you’ll need to use an Android device. On top of that, you must have Google’s Messages app set as your default SMS app. Third-party text-messaging apps can’t take advantage of RCS.

With all of the above in mind, it’s very easy to see if your Android device has RCS support. First, open the Google Messages app and tap the three-dot menu icon found in the top-right corner.

open messages and tap the menu icon

Then select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.

select settings from the menu

If you see a section titled “Chat Features” at the top of the Settings menu, you have RCS. “Chat” is the term Google uses for the RCS features.

select chat features

In the “Chat Features” settings, you can enable or disable several of the RCS features or turn them off entirely.

toggle rcs features

That’s all there is to it. If your device doesn’t have RCS support yet, you’ll likely see a pop-up message in the Messages app where you can enable it.

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Lucila is a freelance writer and lifelong learner with an ongoing curiosity to study new things. She enjoys checking out the latest grammar books and writing about video games more than anything else. If she's not running through Colorado’s breathtaking landscape, she's indoors hidden away in her cozy game room trolling noobs and leveling up an RPG character. She is a Final Fantasy IX apologist (although she loves them all… except XV), coffee aficionado, and a bit of a health nut. Lucila graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Creative Writing.

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