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Next Generation messaging

Google has added Rich Communication Services (RCS) to Android Messages. RCS is the next generation of messaging technology and improves your messaging by offering a native, richer and universal experience across networks and android devices.

Next Generation (Next-Gen) messaging works on select Android devices. It gives you some sweet new features in select conversations including:

  • Group chats
  • Read and delivered receipts
  • High-resolution photo and video sharing
  • Audio messaging
  • Being able to send location

What you need

Next-Gen Messaging is available on:

  • A Koodo postpaid (monthly) / prepaid data plan or an active Wi-Fi connection
  • A Samsung smartphone running Android 9.0 (Pie) and up with latest Samsung Messages version
  • Any other Android smartphone running Android 5.1 (Lollipop) and up with latest Google Messages version

How to turn it on:

  1. Open Messages
  2. Select Settings
  3. Select Chat Features/Settings
  4. Tap or slide the Enable chat features toggle to On

Heads up: When Next-Gen Messaging is provisioned for the first time on a compatible device, you will be prompted to enable the chat features.

FAQs

Will my device automatically use Next-Gen messaging?

When chat features are turned on, it will automatically be used if you are messaging another device with chat features enabled.

Will Next Generation messaging use my Wi-Fi or Data?

Next-Gen Messaging sends messages over Wi-Fi or cellular data when Wi-Fi is unavailable, rather than through traditional SMS. This means, if you do not have a data plan and are not connected to Wi-Fi, your messages will be sent as SMS, or you may incur pay-per-use data charges when using Next-Gen Messaging.

Can I use Next Generation only when I'm connected to Wi-Fi?

If you want to use Next-Gen Messaging in a Wi-Fi connected area only, please ensure you turn chat features off when leaving a Wi-Fi connected area to avoid unexpected data charges.

Learn more about Next-Gen messaging and chat features with Google.


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