Here we have the question of the day, can you use Google messages without a phone number?
Google messages is an app that allows a phone user to send and receive texts messages, and as well as the rcs chat messages.
It is available on the play store which makes it to be available for all android phones.
By default, once sms text message is involved, we all know that it requires a sim card and therefore you should have one and a phone number for google messages to work.
But, what of the rcs chat message?
Does it requires a phone number as well, and this is what we’ll be looking into.
Can you use Google messages without a phone number?
The answer is no. Once you don’t have a phone number or probably a sim card in your phone, you can’t use google messages.
However, even if you’re using a tablet, you must pair it with your phone that has a phone number.
The app will be useless to you.
For google messages to work, you must have a sim card in your phone.
If your main concern is because of the rcs chat message, definitely you must have a phone number as Google messages rcs chat requires a phone number.
The rcs chat message is quite different from the iMessage in the sense that you can use iMessage with only your Apple id, but that is not possible on google messages rcs chat.
Irrespective of the fact that you can use Wi-Fi connection to send and receive rcs chat messages, a phone number is very compulsory.
Without a phone number you can’t use google messages rcs chat message feature.
Talking about sms text messages, still a phone number is very compulsory as it involves the cellular network service.
This tells you that as long as you are using or wants to use google messages for normal sms text messages and rcs chat message, you must have a phone number and this means having a sim card or an eSim in your android phone.
Getting started with google messages
As Google messages is available on the play store, it may not be pre-installed in all android phones.
Samsung phones do have the Samsung messages pre-installed on their phones, though recently they now have both the google messages and the Samsung messages pre-installed on all samsung phones.
It is left for the user to chose the one he or she prefer to the most.
So if your android phone doesn’t have the google pre-installed, you have the option to download and install the Google messages from the play store.
Once you have done that, please make you have a sim card or eSim in your device along with a cellular network service.
Now, go ahead and open Google messages on your android phone.
Once you launched Google messages, it will ask you to select it as the default message app and please do that right away because it is the best messaging app for android.
Once you have done that, you can send and receive sms text messages.
Now comes where it matters most, sending and receiving rcs chat messages.
This part requires that you will have to activate your phone number with the google messages app.
This only requires you to insert a sim card or eSim in your android phone, and make sure that you have an active internet connection.
For a faster and better activation, I recommend you to use cellular data instead of Wi-Fi.
This is from my experience.
The recent Google messages update added a whole different ways of accessing the app.
To activate your phone number with Google messages you don’t neccesarily have anything to do other than insert a valid sim into your phone, make sure to have an active cellular data and internet connection.
It will activate and connects on it’s own.
To verify if your phone number has been activated and connected with the google messages app, open the messages app.
Tap on your Google account and select Message Settings as shown below.
Next you will see Chat Feature, go ahead and tap on it to open.
Right there you will see Status, and which should show Connected along with your phone number.
If it shows Setting up, trying to verify your phone number, then it means it is yet to activate and connect with your phone number.
It shouldn’t take long unless you don’t have an active internet connection on your phone or maybe your network carrier don’t support the google messages rcs chat message.
As your phone number is connected with Google message rcs chat, you can send and receive messages using the internet.
But remember that if you remove your sim card from your android phone or tablet after activating rcs chat, everything will disconnect and you will have to start all over again.
As long as you are to use google messages rcs chat, you must have an active sim card or eSim in your android device.
This goes on to answer the question of the day, can you use Google messages without a phone number.
As rcs chat message is an instant messaging service just like iMessage, you will definitely love it as it has iMessages features except for the unsend and edit features.
You can send large files like photos, videos, documents, etc using the Google messages chat feature.
Lastly, it works internationally but the recipient must have an android phone and phone number connected with rcs chat. If not, the message will be sent as sms text message.
Does Google messages work without a phone?
Google messages can work without a phone but that will be on an LTE android tablet.
The only options to use google messages are on a smartphone or probably on android phones, and android tablets that support LTE.
If you don’t have a phone, the only option you have to use google messages is the tablet that supports a sim card.
You can’t use google messages on windows except if you connected your phone to your computer to receive text messages.
Does Google messages work without SIM?
Google messages don’t work without a sim card as it is very compulsory in sending and receiving messages from the app.
For sms text messages, a sim card is required, and for rcs chat message, a sim card is also required for activation.
However, on android tablet, you can pair your phone to your tablet in order to receive Google messages on your android tablet.
But this is not applicable to rcs chat message.
For you to send and receive rcs chat message, you must have it connected to your device and this requires a phone number/sim card.
Is Google Messages the same as SMS?
Google messages is the same as sms though rcs chat message is now included in Google messages.
Previously, with Google messages, you can send and receive cellular messages which is also sms text messages.
But since 2019, rcs chat message is now included in the app and which makes Google messages to be not just for sms text messages.
This literally means that you can send and receive sms text messages using the Google messages app, and as well as rcs chat message which is an instant messaging service that uses the internet.
How to text someone without a phone number
You can use iMessage and Apple ID to text someone without a phone number though it is only applied to Apple users.
On android, you have the option of Facebook messenger, Skype, etc to send messages without a phone number.
But please bear in mind that phone number is very necessary to send and receive messages. But you can send messages without a phone number on iPhone, and iMessage.
Only apple id will do the job for you.
And with this I draw conclusion on the question of the day, can you use Google messages without a phone number. Once again the answer is no as Google messages requires a phone number.