- Android users in the U.S. should start seeing an option to enable RCS starting today.
- RCS functionality will require using the Messages app from Google.
- It provides users a richer messaging experience with the ability to send messages over Wi-Fi, see typing and read receipts, share high-quality images, and more.
- Open Messages Messages Logo Round.
- On the notification that you can "Do more with Messages," tap Get Started and then Next.
- You'll be asked to let Messages stay connected in the background. Tap Yes.
If you don't have Messages on your phone already, you should be able to download it from the Play Store.
The company ended the announcement by stating it will continue to work with its partners, including carriers, to ensure consistency and interoperability, meaning Google's RCS implementation will work with whatever Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint's Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI) cooks up by next year. It also promised that while RCS is currently only supported in France, Mexico, the U.S., and the U.K., Google will start rolling out its revamped messaging experience to users around the world soon.