Guide to Setting Up RCS Chats on Google Messages for your Econet SIM card

Rich Communication Services (RCS) is a next-generation messaging protocol that brings enhanced features and functionality to your messaging app and Econet now has it. Google Messages the default messaging app on Android devices supports RCS and allows you to have a more interactive messaging experience. In this article I am going to you through the process of setting up RCS chats on Google Messages.

Step 1: Check for RCS Support

Before proceeding ensure that your mobile carrier and device are compatible with RCS. Google Messages currently supports RCS in partnership with many carriers worldwide. To check if your device is compatible open the Google Messages app and look for the “RCS chats” option in the settings menu. If you don’t see it it may indicate that your device or carrier does not yet support RCS.

Step 2: Update Google Messages

To make sure you have the latest version of Google Messages go to the Google Play Store on your Android device and search for “Google Messages.” If an update is available click on the “Update” button. Keeping your app up to date ensures you have access to the latest features and improvements.

Step 3: Enable RCS chats

Once you have confirmed RCS support and updated Google Messages open the app and follow these steps to enable Chat Features:

  1. Open the Google Messages app on your Android device.
  2. Tap on your profile picture icon located in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Select “Messaging Settings” from the drop-down menu.
  4. In the settings menu tap on “RCS chats.”
  5. If you see the “Enable RCS chats” option tap on it and wait for the process to complete.


Note: It may take a few minutes to activate RCS.

Step 4: Verify Phone Number

Once RCS is enabled you will need to verify your phone number before you can start using RCS features. To verify your phone number:

  1. In the RCS chats section, tap on “Verify Phone Number.”
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to verify your phone number if it isn’t verified automatically.

Step 5: Explore RCS Features

After completing the verification process you can now enjoy the enhanced capabilities of RCS in Google Messages. RCS includes features like read receipts typing indicators high-quality media sharing and more. You can take advantage of these features when communicating with other RCS-enabled devices and users. Below is an example of an RCS chat:

Step 6: Spread the Word

Once you have successfully set up RCS chats on Google Messages don’t forget to spread the word to your friends and family. Encourage them to enable RCS on their devices and start enjoying the enhanced messaging experience together (you can even send them this post ;). RCS chats work seamlessly with contacts using RCS-supported apps on Android devices. 


Setting up RCS chats on Google Messages offers a more interactive and engaging messaging experience. By following the steps outlined in this guide you can enable RCS and access its enhanced features. Make sure to check for RCS support update your Google Messages app enable chat features verify your phone number and explore the various RCS functionalities available. Enjoy a richer messaging experience with RCS on Google Messages!

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