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Boost your messaging experience with RCS. Learn how to turn on RCS chats.

Learn about Rich Communication Services (RCS) messaging

A modern industry standard for messaging known as Rich Communication Services (RCS) enables more dynamic and secure conversations than SMS and MMS.

Important: RCS chats are only available for certain devices, service providers, and carriers. For more info, contact your carrier. Learn how your data is handled in RCS chats.

Activate RCS chats in Google Messages

When RCS chats is turned on in Google Messages, you can:

  • Share high-resolution photos and videos.
  • Know when someone is typing.
  • Get read receipts, which show when someone has read or received your message. Read receipts also show your contact when you read their message.
  • Send messages over mobile data and Wi-Fi.
  • Rename, edit, and remove yourself from group chats.
  • Keep your conversations secure with end-to-end encryption.

Tip: To be able to enjoy these features, everyone in the Google Messages conversation must turn the RCS chats on.

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