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Can you react to text messages on android? Answered

Last Updated on December 13, 2021 by Kennedy

Talking about reacting to a text message, this is very common or probably nothing new iphone but what about reacting to a text message on android?

How possible will it be to react to any sent text messages on android just like it is done on iphone or any of the ios device.

Calm down and ask no further question because right in this article we’ll be looking into the question of the day, can you react to text messages on android and if it is possible, then how to react to text messages on android.

Let’s continue.

Can you react to text messages on android?

Yes you can react to text messages on android but that is possible only when you are using the rcs chat feature just like the ios imessage. 

With the rcs chat feature on the google messages app, you can easily react to any text messages, files, pictures, videos, etc sent to you just like it is done on imessage.

However, if you are talking about reacting to a sent sms text message on android, that isn’t possible because it doesn’t use the internet and is not an instant messaging service. Even on iphone you can’t react to sms text messages except for imessages.

If i said that yes you can react to text messages on android using the rcs chat feature, this is only applied to Google messages app as samsung chat message is yet to come up with the feature as at this time of writing this article.

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Below is a typical example to show you how it to react to text messages on android using the Google messages rcs chat feature.

can you react to text messages on android

Looking at the above picture, you can see the reactions on the sent text messages and this is exactly how it looks when reacting on imessages.

Well, ios users can bodly say Google copied Apple in terms of text reactions. So you have seen it that indeed one can react to text messages on android phone.

But let me repeat this once again.

You can only react to text messages only on rcs chat feature, but can’t do such when it comes to normal sms text messages as this is also applied to iphone sms text messages. 

This is to tell you that reacting to text messages is only possible on instant messaging service as it uses internet connection and not cellular network service.

How to react to text messages on android

To react to text messages on android, you simply have to tap hold on the sent messages and you will see all the available reactions. Kindly select your preferred reaction by tapping on it and it will immediately react to the sent messages.

how to react to text messages on android

So this is how to react to text messages on android.

However, you should know that this is only possible if you have enabled the rcs chat feature on your android phone. If you haven’t enabled the rcs chat feature on your android phone, I’m sorry you can’t react to text messages on your android phone.

Don’t worry I will explain how to enable rcs chat feature on your android phone and it isn’t difficult at all.

How to turn on chat features on android messages

To turn on chat features on android messages, you will have to open the messages app, tap on the hamburger menu and select settings. There you will see chat feature, kindly open the chat features and toggle on enable chat feature. 

Remember your carrier network service must support the rcs chat feature in order to work on your android phone, else forget about it.

For this and especially if you are interested on how to react to text messages on android, I recommend you to download and install the Google messages app on your android phone.

After you must have downloaded and installed the app on your android phone, launch the app and make sure to have an wifi or cellular data on your android phone.

Tap on the hamburger menu and you will see list of options to select, kindly select settings.

can you react to text messages on android

As you tapped on settings, you will see chat features.

Kindly tap on the chat features and toggle on the button that states enable chat features. Once you have done that, the rcs chat feature will start connecting to your cellular network service and this is to verify your phone number.

This can only take for about 15 minutes to 30 minutes and your phone number will be connected and ready to use the rcs chat feature on your android phone.

Once your phone number is connected to the rcs chat feature, you will see a green color that states Connected and chat features are ready to be to use for 1442222222 phone number.

If you happen to see Chat features unavailable for this device. Your carrier does not currently support this feature. Learn more on your chat feature, please don’t go giving yourself a headache cause that means your carrier network service doesn’t support the rcs chat feature on android.

You have to wait until your network carrier supports the chat feature or you should go ahead and contact your carrier network for more information as to why they are not supporting the chat feature on android.

Using the rcs chat feature

As you are connected to android rcs chat feature on your android phone, you are set and ready to use the feature but remember it will only work for those connected to rcs chat feature.

So you will have to encourage all your friends, family, and colleagues using android phone to get their phone and numbers connected to the chat feature, by doing so all of you can easily send messages, videos, pictures, documents, files, using the rcs chat feature which requires internet connection and not cellular network service.

With the chat feature you can react to text messages sent to you on your android, know when someone is typing to you and so on.

No need to asking can you react to text messages on android because the answer is yes and thanks to rcs chat feature that was introduced since the turn of last year.

Imessage reactions on android

Since the latest Google messages app updates, Google has indeed introduced imessage reactions on android and below pictures show all of them.

how to react to text messages on android

Why can’t i react to text messages on android?

The reason why you can’t react to text messages on android is simply because you are not using the rcs chat feature but rather using the sms text messages.

Kindly note that you cannot react to sms text messages on android but rather will be able to react to rcs chat text messages on android. Kindly scroll up and see how to enable rcs chat features on your android phone and also how to react to text messages when using the rcs chat features.

Will Samsung add reactions to text messages?

As at the time of writing this post samsung is yet to add reactions to rcs text messages, but they assured samsung users that they will add the text reactions in future updates.

So for now, I recommend you to download and install the google messages app as it is the only rcs chat message with text reactions features.

Having answered the questions being asked on can you react to text messages on android and also how to react to text messages on android, this is where I come to the conclusion of this article and open to your questions and suggestions.