RCS in Google Messages: Enable, Disable, and Use with Ease

Today, many people use RCS (Rich Communication Services) messaging to chat on their Android devices. With Google Messages using RCS, you can get features like read receipts, typing indicators and high-quality media sharing.

RCS messages works over the internet and it has end-to-end encryption making it more secure. But the only things you need to keep in mind is that both the party need to have Google Messages installed then only it will work for you.

This article will guide you through every step, whether you’re looking to turn it on, turn it off or take full advantage of its many chat features. With Google Messages reaching over a billion monthly active users with RCS, the shift towards richer messaging is clear. Here’s how to get the most out of RCS, enhance your chat experience and stay ahead of the digital communication game.

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What is RCS?

RCS (Rich Communication Services) is a modern standard for messaging that aims to enhance the traditional SMS and MMS on Android devices. It brings a host of advanced features that are comparable to popular messaging apps like WhatsApp and iMessage.

Key Features of RCS in Google Messages

Enhanced Messaging Experience

  • You can send messages over Wi-Fi or on mobile data.
  • Support for sharing high-resolution photos and videos up to 10MB.
  • You can see typing indicators and read receipts sign on your message.

End-to-End Encryption

  • Provides an extra layer of security. Ensures that only you and the person you’re communicating with can read what’s being sent.

Increased Character Limit

  • Traditional SMS only allows you to send 160 characters, thanks to RCS Messaging. Now you can send up to 250,000 characters in a single message.

Group Chats and Rich Media

  • Improved group chat and support for sending larger files and multimedia.

Business Messaging:

  • Rich media and quick responses enable more engaging interactions with businesses.

Availability and Compatibility of RCS

  • Default on many devices: Google Messages, which includes RCS, is the default messaging application on many modern Android devices.
  • Cross-platform limitations: While RCS is designed to enhance Android messaging, it is not natively supported on iOS devices.

How To Enable RCS in Google Messages

To enable RCS (Rich Communication Services) in Google Messages and enjoy advanced messaging features, follow these simple steps:

First Install Google Messages

  • If you haven’t already, download Google Messages from the Play Store.
  • Set it as your default messaging app.

Now Activate RCS Chat Features:

  • Open Google Messages.
  • Tap your profile picture or icon at the top right corner.
  • Tap “Messaging settings”.
  • Tap on “Chat features.”
  • Toggle the switch to “On” to enable RCS chats.

Verify Your Phone Number:

  • When prompted, enter your phone number to verify your account for RCS services.
  • Follow any additional on-screen instructions to complete the setup.

Additional Tips

Check Carrier Compatibility:

  • Make sure your operator supports RCS. If you are not sure, check your carrier’s website or contact customer service.

Wi-Fi or Data Connection:

  • RCS features require an active Internet connection.Make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi or have cellular data turned on to use RCS.


  • If you are experiencing problems, try turning the RCS Chat feature off and on again.If problems persist, consider clearing the cache of the Google Messages application.

By following these steps, you can successfully enable RCS in Google Messages, allowing you to enjoy enhanced features such as high-resolution media sharing, typing indicators, and read receipts.

How To Disabling RCS Features

To disable Rich Communication Services (RCS) features in Google Messages, follow these steps to revert to traditional SMS/MMS:

Open Google Messages:

  • Locate and open the Google Messages app on your device.

Access Settings:

  • Tap on your profile picture or icon located in the top-right corner of the screen.
  • Select ‘Messages settings’ from the dropdown menu.

Navigate to RCS Settings:

  • Tap on ‘Chat features’ or ‘RCS chats’ to access the RCS settings.

Disable RCS:

  • Turn off the ‘RCS chats’ option by toggling the switch to ‘Off’.
  • Confirm any prompts to verify the change.

Phone Number Verification:

  • If prompted, enter your phone number in the specified format (e.g., for the United States, use +1).
  • Google will send a 6-digit verification code to the entered number.
  • Enter the received 6-digit verification code.
  • Click on ‘Verify’ to proceed.

Important Considerations

  • Deactivation Time: Please note that disabling RCS may take up to 14 days to fully stop sending and receiving RCS messages when you remove a SIM card from your device.
  • Reverting to SMS/MMS: With RCS turned off, your messages will revert to the traditional SMS/MMS text format.
  • Feature Specific Controls: You have the option to turn specific features like read receipts, typing indicators, and message resending on or off within the RCS chat settings.

By following these instructions, you can easily disable RCS features in Google Messages, ensuring a switch back to standard text messaging whenever needed.

Troubleshooting Common RCS Issues

Checking RCS Connection Status

To diagnose issues with RCS messaging in Google Messages, start by verifying your connection status:

  1. Open Google Messages and tap your profile photo.
  2. Navigate to ‘Messages Settings’ and select ‘RCS Chats’.
  3. Observe the ‘Status’ which could be ‘Connected’, ‘Setting up’, or ‘Disconnected’.

Basic Troubleshooting Methods

If you’re facing issues with RCS, try these simple fixes:

  • Toggle Chat Features: Go to RCS Chats settings, turn off ‘Enable chat features’, restart your phone, and then re-enable it.
  • Restart Your Phone: Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve connectivity issues.

Advanced Troubleshooting Techniques

For persistent problems, consider the following steps:

Clear Storage for Messages and Carrier Services

  • Enable Airplane Mode.
  • Navigate to Settings > Apps. Find ‘Messages’ or ‘Carrier Services’.
  • Tap on Storage and select ‘Clear Data’ or ‘Clear Storage’.
  • Disable Airplane Mode and restart your phone.

Reset Network Settings

  1. Go to Settings and select ‘Reset Network Settings’.
  2. Confirm to reset and set up your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections again.

Reinstallation and Network Resets

  • Uninstall & Re-Install Google Messages: A fresh installation might resolve underlying problems.
  • Reset Network Settings: This can help if network issues are blocking RCS functionality.


We’ve covered the essentials to get the most out of every chat. This shift towards richer, more dynamic messaging isn’t a trend – it’s a leap towards smarter, safer and more engaging communications.