[UPDATE: Wider rollout] Google Messages’ custom RCS chat bubbles finally start rolling out

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UPDATE (April 29, 2024): Custom RCS chat bubbles are now rolling out more widely for Google Messages users. Up until now, the rollout was very limited. Everyone should have access to the feature soon.

Last November, Google Messages previewed its new custom-colored chat bubbles features for the RCS (Rich Communication Suite) chats. The search titan finally started rolling out the rich text feature for Google Messages. Users of the messaging app on Android can finally customize the color of the chat bubbles and backgrounds for different chats.

Custom Chat Bubbles are only rolling out to some beta users at the moment

According to a report by Android Police, Google has started offering Custom Bubbles and backgrounds in Google Messages. In RCS chats, the Custom Bubbles are now allegedly available in Google Messages beta version 20240228+. It appears to be a server-side update feature that’s rolling out to a few beta users at the moment.

However, since Android users have finally started seeing Custom Bubbles in Google Messages, we can expect a wider rollout very soon.

Google Messages custom chat bubbles

Google Messages is now offering as many as nine colors for Chat Bubbles

As per various sources, Google Messages beta users are getting as many as nine colors for Chat Bubbles and the background. These include Default (Material You Dynamic Color), Blue, Turquoise, Purple, Green, Orange, Fuchsia, Pink, and Monochrome. The custom color themes apply to almost everything in the chats. However, the text fields and voice recorder buttons still remain light or dark.

Thanks to the update, Google Messages users now have various options to change the aesthetics of their RCS chats. Interested users can tap the three vertical dots icon in their chats and select “Change colors” from the overflow menu. After pressing the button you will see a full-screen preview user interface, offering as many as nine new custom color choices.

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Keep in touch with us, we will update you once the feature starts rolling out globally to all Google Messages users.

Google Messages reportedly blocking rich RCS messaging on rooted devices

Recently, several reports from Reddit indicated that Google Messages is blocking the Rich Communication Services on rooted phones. This makes sense, as Google doesn’t really like people using rooted devices as they are less secure than the regular ones. Some people using rooted Android phones are reportedly losing capabilities via Google Messages altogether. If you are facing the same issue, then your only option is to use a messaging app other than Google Messages.

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