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Set up Advanced Messaging

Send high-resolution pics and longer videos. See when your messages are delivered and read.


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Using Advanced Messaging

Make sure you and the person you’re messaging are both in our domestic coverage area and have:
  • An AT&T wireless account with HD Voice (not available for AT&T PREPAIDSM)
  • An Android smartphones that support Advanced Messaging1 from AT&T
  • Advanced Messaging turned on
  • A smartphone featuring the Messages by Google app with Enable chat features turned on and a Connected status
  • Up-to-date software installed on your smartphone

FYI:
If you’ve blocked your line’s text or data, Advanced Messaging won’t work. Be sure to turn off any blocks to use this feature. Have an unlocked device? Find out if it’ll accommodate Advanced Messaging (PDF, 150KB)

Advanced Messaging vs. traditional messaging

Rich Communication Service (RCS), our Advanced Messaging experience, offers features like read and delivery receipts, “is typing” notifications, large file transfers, and group chats. Advanced Messaging with RCS is available for a growing list of popular smartphones. Look for more phones to be added in the future.

Advanced Messaging varies by smartphone and software version.

FeatureText messagingAdvanced Messaging RCS
Delivery receipts Yes
Read receipts Yes
Typing notifications Yes
File sharing up to 1MBYes 
File sharing up to 100MB Yes
Group message up to 20 contactsYes 
Group chat up to 100 contacts Yes
Open group chat (others can leaveor be added to the same thread) Yes

Heads up: When you upgrade from a current Advanced Messaging smartphone to a new smartphone featuring Messages by Google:
  • We suggest you use Samsung Smart Switch to move messages from your current Samsung device to your new one if you don’t choose Copy apps & data. Smart Switch is in the app section in the Samsung folder.
  • You can copy text, picture, multimedia, and RCS messages from your old Samsung device to your new one.
  • You should know that AT&T Messages Backup & Sync (AMBS) isn’t compatible with Messages by Google.

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