Trick to allow RCS messaging on virtually any Android phone: Here’s how to do it!


As you already know, Google is working on to speed up the RCS rollout on Android. But still, there is no date defined until when this service will be available to everyone. But wait, you can still use this RCS Messaging service without waiting for it to launch officially by Google.

Reddit users have posted a trick that lets you enable the richer texting on any compatible Android phone, regardless of carrier. The process involves pointing a key Android Messages flag toward a Google sandbox address, setting up Messages, resetting data and repeating part of the process until you can tap an item inside another Messages flag. If all goes well, you’ll have data-only chat abilities, full-quality photo sharing, and typing notifications.

In case, if you don’t understand this, here is a step-by-step guide for you to switch on RCS messaging.

  • First, install the beta version of the Google Messages app. 
  • Download the Activity Launcher app on the Play Store
  • Navigate to system settings on your phone, apps, find the “carrier services” app, and then clear storage data on that app
  • Force stop the Messages (beta) app to make sure it’s not running in the background
  • Open up the Activity Launcher app you downloaded earlier. Tap “Recent Activities” at the top and then select “All Activities”. Scroll down the list until you find the Messages app and click it to expand the options. Select “Set RCS Flags”.
  • Under the “ACS Url” section, select ‘”http://rcs-acs-prod-us.sandbox”
  • Under the “OTP Pattern” section, select the only option available.
  • Click Apply, then go back home and open Messages again. You should now be greeted by an RCS chat setup that’s similar to the guide we published back in July.

Well, to get this trick working for you, there are some requirements that you need to fulfill. You’ll need a current Android Messages beta, an app that can see Android activities and WiFi turned off. And that’s assuming the feature stays on.

By following this method, thousands of users are using the RCS service on a variety of devices, all four major US carriers, and at least some international networks. Well, it’s possible that Google can shut off access to this solution with little notice. Until then, you can enjoy this service by following this trick. 

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