7 Google Messages Tips and Tricks for Android Users

Google's changes to the Google Messages app make it harder to access RCS provider info, but the app offers enhanced messaging features like group texts and multimedia sharing, as RCS adoption grows to become the new mobile messaging standard.

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Salman Akhtar
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7 Google Messages Tips and Tricks for Android Users

7 Google Messages Tips and Tricks for Android Users

Google has recently made some changes to the Google Messages app settings, moving information about the Rich Communication Services (RCS) provider to a less prominent location. The 'provided by' text is now hidden behind an 'info' icon next to the user's phone number at the top of the 'RCS chats' settings page, making it harder to access and even missing entirely on some phones.

In the US, major carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have been slowly transitioning to Google's Jibe platform for RCS, after previously maintaining their own servers. This transition has led to some interoperability issues with sending and receiving messages, which Google's takeover of the backend is expected to help reduce.

The Google Messages app has several useful features for Android users, including:

  • Easily send group texts, photos, videos, and audio messages
  • Search functionality to find contacts
  • Ability to block SMS senders
  • Support for emojis, stickers, and location sharing
  • Colored text threads and message archiving

RCS is a mobile communications protocol designed to replace SMS and MMS messaging with a more modern, feature-rich conversational experience. It supports real-time messaging, voice and video calling, high-resolution multimedia sharing, and business messaging features. RCS is natively supported in apps like Google Messages and Samsung Messages, and is coming to Apple devices in 2024 .

Why this matters: The transition to RCS and Google's Jibe platform aims to provide Android users with an enhanced messaging experience, offering features similar to popular over-the-top messaging apps. As more carriers and devices adopt RCS, it has the potential to become the new standard for mobile messaging, improving compatibility and functionality across different networks and platforms.

To take advantage of these features, Android users can download and install the latest version of Google Messages from the Google Play Store. The app is compatible with a wide range of Android smartphones from various manufacturers, including those offering a stock or near-stock Android experience like the Nokia G42, Lava Agni 2, Motorola Edge 50 Pro, and Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 8 Pro.

Key Takeaways

  • Google has moved RCS provider info to a less prominent location in Messages app.
  • US carriers are transitioning to Google's Jibe RCS platform, improving interoperability.
  • Google Messages offers features like group messaging, search, and multimedia sharing.
  • RCS aims to replace SMS/MMS with a more modern, feature-rich messaging experience.
  • RCS is coming to Apple devices in 2024, becoming a new mobile messaging standard.