Google has silently introduced a way users can de-register their phone number from RCS messaging. The company recently announced Android messaging over RCS which lets you send messages over the internet rather than the short message service (SMS). RCS allows for read receipts, full-res image sharing, and typing notifications for both individual and group chat threads.
The new page from Google provides instruction to follow when ever you want to turn off the “Chat features”, which effectively turns off RCS chat. The page suggests that users can turn chat features off if they are missing messages before switching to a new Android phone or switching completely to iMessage on an iPhone.
How To De-register Your Number From RCS Messaging
But then again, in the situation where you don’t have access to the old phone because it was lost or stolen, or if you forgot to turn off chat features before trading a device in, There’s a form for you to fill online and manually turn off chat features.
The only thing you need to do is to enter a phone number associated with the chat features and enter a one-time-code that will be sent to your phone number via SMS. Of course, you’ll need to still have access to receive SMS on your phone number.