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How to enable RCS protocol on any Android smartphone

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The latest beta version of the Messages application from Google allows you to test the function of sending messages through the RCS protocol, which is designed to replace standard SMS. Users of the XDA portal told how to enable the option in the settings and try it on any Android device.

In order to use RCS, you must have the latest beta version of Messages and the Activity Launcher application, which can be downloaded on Google Play :

  • Turn off wifi
  • Open the Activity Launcher app
  • In the top menu, confirm All activities.
  • In the list with applications, find “Messages.”
  • Expand the list by clicking on the application icon and select Set RCS Flags
  • On the ACS Url line, select  http://rcs-acs-prod-us.sandbox.google.com
  • Confirm actions via the Apply button
  • Wait a few minutes and open the Messages application
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After all these steps, a window appears asking you to enable the RCS function. Confirming it, in the application settings should display the status “Connected”, which means the successful inclusion of RCS.

Many users on the network have already reported that in Russia the method works for MegaFon and Tele2 operators. It is likely that Google will soon notice a loophole and remove the way to enable RCS, given that many project partners are planning to launch a subscription fee for the services of the new text messaging standard.

Officially, the “successor of SMS”  will be available in the UK and France before the end of this year. In 2020, Google plans to launch the service in a “large number of countries”, but specific regions are not indicated.

RCS works via the Internet and is designed to become a native messenger for Android smartphones. The cost of services for operators may be different. 

Earlier, the four largest US mobile operators – T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and AT&T – announced the creation of a joint venture CCMI, which will promote RCS. It is known that Google managed to secure the support of many Russian operators, including all representatives of the Big Four – MTS, Beeline, MegaFon and Tele2.

Recall that in RCS there is no limit on the number of characters, it supports the transfer of files and photos without compression, as well as group chats.

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