Google finally rolls out RCS in the US

Ricky, 14 November 2019

Today, Google is announcing RCS is rolling out to all Android users in the US. RCS (Rich Communication Services) is a successor to the long outdated SMS and MMS protocols. Its integration with carriers has dragged on for years, and the major US carriers announced yet another messaging app without Google, who had been making efforts to standardize RCS across Android devices and carriers around the world.

Google first committed to developing the new platform back in early-2016. It’s finally now that Google is rolling out RCS with interoperability between carriers in the US through the Android Messages app. RCS allows for larger file transfers, read receipts, and typing notifications.

Google finally rolls out RCS in the US

To get started, download the Android Messages app and set it to the default SMS app. If the RCS feature is available, you’ll see a notification that says “Messages just got better”. The new Chat Features should become available after you agree to the terms.

Once enabled, you should head to the app’s Settings and then check your RCS status by tapping “Chat features”. If you message someone with RCS, the input line will show “Chat message” where it’d usually say “Text Message”.

If you don’t see the notification right away, you may have to wait until RCS arrives to your device, otherwise, you can give the workaround method a try. It’s currently ‘rolling out’ and Google says it will reach everyone in the US by the end of 2019.

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Reader comments

  • Anonymous

It literally says "US only" so if you live outside of the US you won't be getting it just yet. I think they're just feeling it out. If it becomes a success then they'll release it worldwide

  • Sisqoboy

Doesn't work with my mi 8 in UK. Anyone got it work in UK?

  • Anonymous

I only use Samsung Messages and RCS support is still very wonky for me. I think this is just the awkward transition period from SMS to RCS. Perhaps a couple of years into the future it'll be standard. The real question is, how will Apple react t...

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