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    Google’s answer to iMessage is here. Here’s how you use it

    Your texting recreation is about to get a giant improve in Google’s Messages app. 
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    Texting in your Android is about to get an entire lot higher. Last week, Google introduced that it is begun slowly rolling out RCS Messaging within the US to customers of its Messages app. If you do not use Google’s Messages app for textual content messaging in your cellphone (to not be confused with Samsung’s Messages app), you may wish to begin. RCS Messaging provides options much like Apple’s iMessage to your Android cellphone, full with the flexibility to ship full-resolution photographs and little bubbles that allow you to know when somebody is typing. Google is taking its time with the rollout, nevertheless it plans to offer everybody entry to the function by the tip of the 12 months. Google has tried its hand at many alternative messaging providers, lagging behind Facebook Messenger and Apple’s iMessage to achieve any actual traction. With RCS Messaging so tightly intertwined with textual content messaging, Google could have lastly discovered itself a winner. RCS Messaging does not actually roll off the tongue, so inside the Messages app, Google refers back to the service as Chat. 

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    Let’s take a better have a look at what you may have to do to activate the brand new function, in addition to a number of the extra nuanced facets of RCS Messaging. Get began with Google’s Chat functionFirst, you may want an Android cellphone with Google’s Messages app put in and set because the default textual content messaging app. The first time you launch Messages, it can ask if you wish to set it as your default app. Just comply with the prompts and don’t be concerned, you will not lose your dialog historical past by switching. It could also be a while earlier than you get entry to RCS Messaging (Google appears content material to roll it out 1% of the inhabitants at a time), however within the meantime, you can benefit from Messages for Web, which lets you ship and obtain textual content messages out of your pc. So it is nonetheless value making the swap.RCS messages will work within the US, UK, France or Mexico — for now, although once more, the rollout will take time. Google is presently including extra US customers and expects to have RCS enabled for all Messages customers’ within the US by the tip of the 12 months. The immediate you may get asks if you wish to see when your folks are typing, nevertheless it does a lot greater than that. 
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    Turn Google’s Chat options onAfter putting in Google’s Messages app and setting it as your default texting app, there are two alternative ways to allow Chat. You can both await a immediate within the Messages app asking if you wish to see when your folks are typing, or you possibly can go into the Settings part of Messages and search for the swap to show Chat on. When you get the immediate, faucet Upgrade Now then comply with the prompts and enter your cellphone quantity if prompted. You may also open Messages and faucet on the three-dot menu button (top-right nook of the app) and choose Settings > Chat Features. If Chat Features is not within the settings part, then your account does not have entry to RCS fairly but. This similar settings web page can be the place you possibly can go to show your learn receipts on or off, in addition to disable the typing indicator everytime you’re typing and management what occurs if Chat fails to ship a message. Make certain you customise Chat’s settings. 
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    If you run into points with sending messages, you may also view the present standing of your cellphone’s connection to the Chat service within the settings app. As lengthy because it says Connected, your cellphone quantity is registered with Chat and may use the service everytime you’re speaking to a contact who additionally has Chat enabled.That’s an vital side of Chat. Whoever you are speaking to can even have to have the function enabled on their machine to make use of the brand new chat options, although in fact all common texting options nonetheless apply. You’ll have the ability to take benefit sooner by getting your folks to make use of Google Messages. You can information them by means of the setup course of (or ship them a hyperlink to this submit). If you are impatient and wish to strive Chat proper now, you possibly can strive a workaround that some Reddit customers found. It’s a bit technical, nevertheless it ought to get you up and going. The Messages app largely appears the identical.
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    Use the brand new Chat options in a conversationAfter you activate chat options, the Messages app will proceed to work and look the identical, and you must preserve utilizing it the identical approach you all the time have. The app is aware of while you’re speaking to somebody by means of textual content or one other contact with chat turned on. The best approach to inform if a dialog is utilizing old school textual content messaging or the brand new chat options is to take a look at the textual content field earlier than you begin typing. If the field says “Chat message” then the dialog could have typing indicators, learn receipts, and the remainder of the options that RCS Messaging presents. It’s fairly simple to see when you are going to ship a textual content, or use the brand new Chat options. 
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    When chat options are in use, you may see delivered and skim receipts beneath every message you’ve got despatched, and you may ship full-resolution photographs and share recordsdata with fellow chat customers. You do not must do something particular to ship a high-resolution picture, simply faucet on the picture icon within the app and choose picture or video. You’ll see a loading circle on the picture because it’s uploaded and despatched, however in any other case the method appears and works the identical as sending a textual content message. Because Chat works over cellular knowledge or Wi-Fi, you possibly can put your cellphone in airplane mode and you will nonetheless have the ability to ship and obtain messages with different Chat customers. Switching telephones? Make certain you flip Chat offYes, and in reality, you must accomplish that earlier than you take away the SIM card out of your cellphone. If you neglect to show off chat options earlier than transferring your SIM card to a brand new cellphone, chat options may proceed to work for as much as eight days. Meaning, it’s possible you’ll not get messages despatched to your quantity by somebody utilizing chat. RCS Messaging is not encrypted like Apple’s iMessage. 
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    Note: Your messages aren’t encryptedGoogle does not presently encrypt your conversations with fellow chat customers. The conversations are despatched securely out of your cellphone to Google’s server after which to the recipient’s cellphone, after which the messages are deleted from Google’s server, however these messages aren’t end-to-end encrypted. You can use apps like WhatsApp and Signal, or Apple’s iMessage when you choose end-to-end encryption.If you may have extra questions on RCS Messaging, we now have solutions. We even have a roundup of one of the best messaging apps for Android customers, or when you’ve been excited about leaping ship to the iPhone ($699 at Amazon), you could be shocked at how simple it’s. 

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