RCS Advanced Messaging
RCS is here
Rich Communication Services (RCS) Advanced Messaging network standards let you chat and share larger files with more people* than ever before, up to 100 group chat participants. Send image, video, and other files up to 100MB in size.
We’re excited to begin featuring the Messages by Google application on new Android 12 OS and above devices.** This will offer RCS technology from the Cricket network to a growing list of popular smartphones from Samsung and more; and soon, deliver RCS features that function between the major U.S wireless carriers.
*With other eligible Advanced Messaging-capable smartphones.
**Available on select new Android smartphones with Android 12 OS launching on or after April 1, 2022.
What You Need to Know About Advanced Messaging
Advanced Messaging is the Cricket next-generation RCS messaging service that allows you to send high-resolution photos and larger video files, up to 100MB per attachment, with group chats up to 100 participants. That makes messaging with your friends and family even better. Wondering if your friend got your message? With Advanced Messaging, you can see when your message was delivered, when it was read, and even when someone is typing a response.
The best part is that you don’t have to download an app, manage a separate account, or keep track of another password. To use it, you and the person you’re messaging needs to have a phone that’s compatible with Advanced Messaging. Note: You'll need to download the latest software updates first.
How to Use Advanced Messaging
Advanced Messaging can be used anywhere as long as you’re on Cricket’s Great Big Network. But using Advanced Messaging internationally is not available at this time.
You can use Advanced Messaging if you and the people you’re messaging with:
- Have phones and services that are compatible with Advanced Messaging
- Have the Enhanced 4G LTE Services setting on your phone “on”
- Do not have a conflicting feature on your account. If you have one of these features, remove them from your account for Advanced Messaging to work:
- SMS or MMS blocks you have added to your account.
- Data blocks you have added to your account.
How to Manage Advanced Messaging
You can manage Advanced Messaging, including turning it off, in the Messaging settings menu. In the phone’s messaging app, go to Settings and tap Advanced Messaging to turn Advanced Messaging on or off.
For Messages by Google, please see their Messages support for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions about Advanced Messaging
Advanced Messaging: Both sender & recipient(s) must be Cricket customers with Advanced Messaging-capable devices that are turned on, utilizing the most recent device software, and within Cricket’s on-network domestic coverage area. Req’s HD Voice; see cricketwireless.com/hd-voice. Advanced Messaging is not compatible with certain rate plans. File attachments must be 100MB or less, dependent on the device and firmware version being used. Advanced Messaging will not work if messaging or data has been blocked on your line.