Some of these are notifications, pinch to zoom, current country, suggested actions, smart reply, show transcripts of voice messages, view messages by category, and much more. However, there are some pretty important features that are not enabled by default.  These features fall under the name Chat features and include:

Send read receipts.Show typing indicators.Automatically resend as text if a message cannot send.Auto-download files you receive over mobile data.Auto-download files while roaming.

Also: The 6 best Android smartphones For some, the read receipts and typing indicators alone are reason enough to enable the feature. The rest of the options may not apply to you or you may not want to have files automatically downloaded. For those who really want read receipts and to be able to see when someone is typing, you’ll definitely want to enable this feature.  There is, however, one thing to understand. It is that not all carriers support this feature. If you find the option isn’t available on your device, it means your carrier doesn’t support chat options.

What are chat features in Android and how do you enable them?


The only thing you’ll need for this is a device running an updated version of Android. Most devices sold in the past couple of years should include a version of the operating system that includes the feature.  That’s all you need. Let’s enable it. You’ve now made Android Messages a more robust app that will keep you better informed and even let those who’ve texted you know you’ve read their missives. A popup will appear asking you to verify the enabling. Tap Yes, I’m In to enable the feature. After you’ve enabled the feature you’ll see a button labeled Verify number. You do not have to do anything.  Also: How to customize the Firefox homepage on Android Wait a moment until the page refreshes to show your number has been verified.