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Android / RCS: how to activate the replacement for the SMS on your smartphone?

RCS is the new message sending protocol intended to replace that of current SMS, find out how to benefit from it now on Android.

Currently, sending SMS as we know it since the 90s has always remained the same. It uses the same protocol with the same limitations. Developed in 2007, the RCS (Rich Communication Service) is being deployed on Android, all orchestrated by Google. Here’s how to take advantage of it now.

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How to activate RCS on Android?

To activate the RCS protocol, you will first need the Activity Launcher application. Once installed, you will find it on your home screen under the charming name of ” activity launcher ». Launch it and turn off the Wi-Fi of your smartphone at first.

In the list of applications, look for Messages (be careful not to confuse it with your standard messaging application.

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In the Messages list, go to the very bottom until RCS Flags Set then click on it.

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In the menu that appears, click on ” Set ACS URL » then on ” http://rcs-acs-prod-us.sandbox.google.com.

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Validate then exit. Now reinstall the Messages app and launch it. At the top of the home screen, an icon indicates something new, let yourself be guided to finish activating the RCS protocol.

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If automatic activation does not work, you can activate it manually on Messages. See you in the Settings > Chat features then activate the slider ” Enable chat features », The application will then verify your number to finalize the activation. If verification does not work, re-enable Wi-Fi, this may be enough. Once all these steps have been completed, you can use the RCS with the Messages application.

Note: in order to benefit from the RCS functionality with your contacts, they too must have activated it. If necessary, send them this tutorial to help them!