How to check if your carrier has enabled RCS support in iOS 18

One of the big changes in iOS 18 is support for RCS, which enables significantly improved messaging between iPhone and Android users. With the release of iOS 18 beta 2 earlier this week, carriers in the United States began enabling RCS for iPhone beta testers.

Do you want to know if your carrier supports RCS on iPhone? Here's how to check.

How to check if your carrier supports RCS on iOS 18

Follow these steps to check for RCS support on your iPhone:

  1. open settings
  2. Tap “General”
  3. Tap “About”
  4. Scroll down and look for eSIM/Network details
  5. Tap on “Career”
RCS network

When you tap “Carrier,” the interface should refresh to show the “IMS Status” details. If your carrier has enabled RCS support, you will see “Voice, SMS, and RCS.” If your carrier has not enabled RCS, you will only see “Voice and SMS.”

Another thing you should make sure to do is enable RCS in the Settings app. This toggle was enabled by default for me, but your results may vary:

  1. open settings
  2. Scroll down and tap “Apps”
  3. Scroll down and tap “Messages”
  4. Enable the “RCS Messaging” setting
RCS Toggle

If you still don't have RCS support, don't worry. iOS 18 is still in beta testing and carriers will continue to roll out support for the feature until the public release of iOS 18 in September.

RCS enables features like read receipts, typing indicators, high-quality images and videos, etc. for messaging between iPhone and Android.

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