06-12-2019 10:54 AM - edited 10-12-2019 10:32 AM
Chat is a next-generation messaging service that’s more powerful than SMS in a few ways. And it’s free. Here’s some info on why you might want Chat and how to get it.
That depends. If you only use SMS for short, one-to-one chats it’s probably not for you. But if you want to send long or multimedia messages, talk in groups or let friends know where you are without texting, Chat is a great option.
When a message is sent to a device that doesn't support Chat features, the message will be sent as a standard SMS/MMS text message and charged at your normal plan rates.
Open a conversation with another user who also has Chat features. If the edit box says send "Chat message", then Chat features are enabled on your device. If the edit box says "Text Message", your phone is not able to send Chat messages to that user.
If there is not a data connection for your phone (for example if you have turned data off, or if you are in an area that has poor data connectivity) the Messages app will switch to using SMS/MMS if a cellular connection is still available.
Chat is a feature of the Messages app that can be downloaded for free from Play Store on your phone. You might also need to turn on Chat features: Go to Settings, then chat features, and change the Status to Connected. The person you’re messaging also needs to have Chat.
Here are the steps to follow to install Messages if it isn't already your default messaging app:
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27-12-2019 09:15 PM
Hi think I have activated this today, having a txt SMS chat then suddenly starts acting like messenger chat (is it called rcs chat?) with read times.
Don"t mind this if it does all your post says just want re assurance on costs. If using messenger style that comes out of data or wifi so 0.00 , if on normal sms txt my plan cost kick in.
Hope makes sense - thanks
28-12-2019 07:58 AM
Good Morning @CigfranStar.
Thanks for coming to the community.
That's right, also if you run out of data this will switch to SMS/MMS.
22-01-2020 06:20 PM
Hi, I have a problem where I dont have chat enabled in my settings, but when one contact sends me a text message it automatically changes the chat setting to on and then wont send my reply I get a failed message. I only have this issue with one person and her settings are disabled . Does anyone else have the same issue. Please help its driving me crazy
4 weeks ago
My chat only works when I have wifi. If I'm using data it will send as sms. Is this correct? I'm on S10 and have plenty of data
4 weeks ago
@Nez1975 Mine works on wifi or mobile data.
Have you got 'use wifi or data for messaging when available' selected in settings?