Turn on Wi-Fi messaging & chat features

If chat features within Messages are turned on, you can:

  • Send messages over Wi-Fi and mobile data (instead of SMS or MMS)
  • Add people to group conversations
  • See when others are typing
  • Let others know you’ve read their messages
  • Share high-quality photos

To use these options, everyone in the Messages conversation needs chat features turned on. Chat features are only available for some phones and service providers, including carriers on Jibe Mobile from Google. For more info, contact your service provider. Learn how your data is handled when chat features are offered by Jibe Mobile from Google. 

Turn on chat features

When chat features are on, you are automatically able to send messages over Wi-Fi and use other features. If your carrier and device aren’t automatically set up for chat features, you may see a notification to “Do more with Messages.” If you see this notification:

  1. Open Messages Messages Logo Round.
  2. On the notification that you can "Do more with Messages," tap Get Started and then Next.
  3. You'll be asked to let Messages stay connected in the background. Tap Yes.

Note: You may occasionally receive an SMS to verify your phone number. If you're having trouble turning on chat features, learn how to troubleshoot.

To turn chat features off:

When you remove your SIM card from your device, turn off chat features in Settings to stop sending and receiving chat messages on your device. Otherwise, chat features may continue to work on your device for up to 8 days.

  1. Open Messages Messages Logo Round.
  2. At the top right, tap More Moreand then Settings.
  3. Tap Chat features.
  4. Turn Enable chat features off.

Learn more about chat features.

Understand chat status

To find your status, make sure your chat features are turned on. The possible statuses are:

Turn specific chat features on or off

Let others know you've read their messages

To turn on read receipts:

  1. Open Messages Messages Logo Round.
  2. Tap More Moreand then Settings.
  3. Tap Chat features.
  4. Tap Send read receipts.

To find out when others have read your message: They have to turn on read receipts in their Settings. 

Show others when you're typing in a conversation with them

To turn on typing indicators:

  1. Open Messages Messages Logo Round.
  2. Tap More Moreand then Settings.
  3. Tap Chat features.
  4. Tap Show typing indicators.
If sending a message doesn't work, choose how to resend it

If you try to send a message over Wi-Fi or mobile data but it doesn’t work, your phone can try to send it again. You can choose how a message is resent: 

  1. Open Messages Messages Logo Round.
  2. Tap More Moreand then Settings.
  3. Tap Chat features.
  4. Tap Resend messages if undelivered.
  5. Choose how to resend a message.

Note: If you see an option to send as “SMS with a link” and choose it, your media could be accessible by a public link not controlled by Google.

See when you're sending by mobile data, SMS, or MMS

The Send icon in the compose bar shows how you're sending a specific message.

  • Send by Wi-Fi or mobile data Send
  • Send by SMS Send by SMS
  • Send by MMS Send by MMS

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