RCS (Rich Communications Service) is a next-generation messaging from Google and allows users to send messages, pictures, and videos over the internet instead of the default SMS platform. The two users communicating needs RCS enabled for it to works and work on Every carrier. It is iMessage for Android users if you may.
You will need 3 Apps for this to work:
- Google Messages
- Activity Launcher
- Google Carrier Services
They are all available on Google Play
Here are the steps:
- Go to activity launcher and switch from recent activities to all activities
- Go all the way down to messages and set RCS flags
- Go to ACS URL and select the third, production sandbox, and apply. You’ll get a verification code but you’re not yet there.
- Long hold your google messaging app then stop it.
- Go to apps, find carrier services and clear app data and give it permissions.
- Close all your apps
- Got to activity launcher on your apps and to ‘Set RCS Flags’
- select OTP Patterns and select the only option available then click apply.
- Go to Google Messages, settings, Chat features and it should actually work.
If it stops at any point, feel free to repeat the steps from start to stop. The feature is still in beta and you might experience some hiccups before the final setup and it should work just fine at the end.
Update on RCS
This method doesn’t work anymore. Wait for an automatic update on your device. In the meantime, download and set Messages as the default messaging app on your Android device.