Enabling read receipts for Android texts

Enabling read receipts for Android texts

How to Enable RCS on Android and Know When Your Texts are Seen

RCS Feature

Do you ever find yourself wondering if someone has seen your text message? There’s a handy feature on Android called Rich Communication Services (RCS) that can help you answer that question. RCS brings additional capabilities to the Messages by Google app, including high-resolution media sharing, location sharing, typing indicators, end-to-end encryption, and read receipts. However, there are a few caveats to keep in mind.

One important requirement is that you need to enable RCS on your Messages app. Additionally, the person you’re communicating with must also have RCS enabled. Unfortunately, if you’re texting someone with an iPhone, the RCS features won’t work because Apple has not adopted this standard.

The big question here is, why isn’t RCS enabled by default? It’s not easy to find information on this, but it seems that Google has put the responsibility on the consumer because not every country in the world, nor Apple, has adopted RCS. Another possibility is that there are still a significant number of Android devices with outdated operating systems that don’t support RCS. Enabling RCS by default could cause issues with those older devices.

If Google were to enable RCS by default, you wouldn’t have to ask your contacts to enable it on their devices. This would save you from becoming tech support for them, guiding them through the process. To help you avoid such situations, let’s take a look at how you can enable RCS on your Android device.

Enabling RCS on Android

To enable RCS and enjoy read receipts on your Android device, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Open Messages Settings

First, open the Messages by Google app on your Android device. Once opened, tap your profile picture located in the upper right corner. A menu will appear, and from there, tap on “Messages settings”.

Message settings window in Android 13

Step 2: Access RCS Chats

In the Settings window, you’ll find a list of configurations. Tap on “RCS chats” at the top of the page.

Configuration window in RCS chats

Step 3: Enable RCS Chats

At the top of the RCS Chats page, you’ll see an On/Off slider. Tap it to turn on RCS chats and enable the feature. Once enabled, all of the available options will become accessible to you.

Make sure to toggle the Send read receipts feature to the “On” position. You can also explore and enable any other features you’re interested in.

List of options in RCS Chats settings

After enabling RCS chats and read receipts, exit the Settings window, and you’re good to go! However, keep in mind that for these features to work, the people you’re texting with must also have RCS chats enabled on their devices.

It’s worth mentioning that it would be ideal if RCS were enabled by default on all new Android devices in the future. This way, you wouldn’t have to remind your friends and family to enable the feature.

Knowing when your SMS messages are received and read is now as easy as enabling RCS on your Android device. This feature brings a new level of convenience and certainty to your text conversations. Hopefully, with wider adoption, RCS will become a standard feature on all Android devices in the near future.

For more tips and tricks on getting the most out of your Android device, stay tuned and check out our articles!

Grid view of more articles