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How To Switch From RCS Chat To Text/SMS In Google Messages?

Normal text messages have become so underrated since the introduction of several socially popular instant messaging applications like WhatsApp or Telegram; still, few smartphone users are using normal text messaging using Google Messages. Meanwhile, the RCS or Rich Communication Service feature, which is an upgraded version of normal text messaging, has evolved a lot, which enhances our normal text messaging experience. However, several users don’t want to use the RCS feature and want to switch to normal texts. Here in this article, you will get to know everything about RCS chat features.

Google Messages RCS Chats

The RCS chat is an in-built feature within the Android’s Messaging application, Google Messages, that offers several features such as typing indicators, inline replies, group chats, video calls, and even sharing photos or videos. It provides an overall messaging experience with functionalities that are similar to what you can find in other messaging apps like iMessage, WhatsApp or Telegram

Other distinctive features of RCS chats include users can easily send read receipts, offering a real-time typing indicator, automatically resending as text either SMS/MMS messages, automatically downloading files over your mobile cellular data, and automatically downloading files while roaming. Basically, the RCS chats feature is a step ahead of normal text messaging, allowing you to share your media in higher resolutions, which is the biggest enhancement over traditional texts, share your locations, and offer security protection of end-to-end encryption and typing indicators. 

How To Switch From RCS Chats To Normal Texts In Google Messages?

In case you don’t want to use the RCS chats feature in Google Messages, then you can easily switch from RCS to normal text SMS by following the steps mentioned below:

  1. Open the Google Messages app.
  2. Tap on your Profile icon at the top right corner.
  3. Select the Message settings option.
  4. Now tap General and choose the RCS chat option.
  5. Then click on the Automatically resend as text (SMS/MMS) toggle to turn it on.

How To Enable The RCS Chat Feature In Google Messages?

In addition, if you have not enabled the RCS chat feature and want to use it, then you need to turn the RCS chat feature on. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Google Messages app.
  2. Tap on your Profile icon at the top right corner.
  3. Select the Message settings option.
  4. Now tap General and choose the RCS chat option.
  5. Then click on the Turn on RCS chats option to turn the feature on.

How To Disable the RCS Chat Feature In Google Messages?

Following the steps mentioned below, you can turn off the RCS chats feature within Google Messages. 

  1. Open the Google Messages app.
  2. Tap on your Profile icon at the top right corner.
  3. Select the Message settings option.
  4. Now tap General and choose the RCS chat option.
  5. Then click on the Turn on RCS chats toggle to turn the feature off.

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