How to

RCS Messaging “Chat” feature in Android Messages

Written by Hassan Abbas

Enable RCS Messaging “Chat”: Google is eager about bringing the RCS (Rich Communication Services) messaging feature to the Android platform. Recently, Google along with Verizon carrier announced the official rollout of RCS for Pixel 3/Pixel 3 XL with the latest version of Android messages. Some users have started receiving the “Chat Feature” option in the Android Messages app. However, not all users have this Chat feature allowed on their phones despite being on Verizon Pixel 3 devices. Don’t worry because we have got a simple trick that will enable RCS on your Android device immediately.

Now, RCS and Chat both seem to be confusing. This is because some carriers and smartphone manufacturers refer to RCS as the ‘Chat’ feature. So except carriers like Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile pushing Universal RCS Profile to customers. You may need to find a feature called “Chat” in your favorite messaging app.

Here we’ll show you how to allow the Chat feature in Android Messages and start using RCS on supported phones like the Verizon Pixel 3/3 XL. Here is a simple trick and you won’t lose any data in the process. Simply force stop the messaging app and reinstall it, along with a couple of other things. The detailed guide is below.

How to get RCS Messaging “Chat” feature on Android Messages?

The latest Android messages beta version gets you RCS messaging feature on most of the United States (USA) carriers like.

  • Verizon
  • T-Mobile
  • US Cellular
  • Sprint
  • Google Fi

Following are the Prepaid US Wireless Carriers

  • Virgin Mobile
  • Ting
  • Tiercel Wireless
  • Boost Mobile
  • EcoMobile
  • Freedom Mobile
  • NTT DoCoMo
  • Straight Talk
  • Telcel America
  • Total Wireless

This will work for all the manufacturers’ smartphones and carriers that support RCS. It has already been tested working on Google Pixel 1, 2, 3 along with XL variants. Samsung Galaxy S10 series, Essential Phones, and many more. This guide will also be useful in the future when more carriers like T-Mobile, Sprint, At&T, etc will bring RCS support with Universal Profile. So stay tuned 🙂

Steps to get RCS Messaging for Android phones:

  • Firstly, Restart your phone once.
  • Go to Settings > Apps > Android Messages > Force Stop. However, you can also click on the Android Messages icon in overview mode, select app info, and force stop from there.
  • Now launch the Google Play Store and uninstall Android Messages updates.
  • Download and install the latest update for Android Messages from the play store. You can also sign up for Android Messages Beta for the latest features.

APK Download: You can also download the latest APK from the downloads repository at APK Mirror.

  • Once done, launch the app.
  • A popup appears. Moreover, you’ll see a new Chat feature option enabled in the messaging app.

You can also use this with the Textra app. In advance settings, you will also find the Chat features enabled.


We already have Material Design 2, Dark Mode, Android Messages for Web, a Desktop Client for Google’s messaging app available. Install the new Android Messages APK to get the latest features right now.

Always Remember: Verify that you’ve enabled carrier services on your phone. Once you enable them you’ll be able to use the chat functions.


For more queries and question let us know in the comments section below!

Till then! Keep Smiling 🙂

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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