Several Google Messages users have reported that the ‘Automatically resend as text (SMS/MMS)’ feature is not working for them, even when they have turned it on.
Reports of Google Messages users complaining about ‘Automatically resend as text (SMS/MMS)’ not working
Apparently, when someone sends an RCS message and the receiver is offline, the messages are not resent as SMS automatically. This issue results in significant delays in sending or receiving crucial messages.
Google Messages is a widely used messaging app that enables users to communicate via SMS and RCS. Nevertheless, some users are experiencing problems when sending messages to offline contacts through RCS. This issue has persisted for several months and is yet to be resolved.
Same here, RCS sucks to the point me and my wife shut it off cuz texts are often not getting delivered. Switching back to normal sms and not a single issue since.
— Bryan Bennett (@BKBKJBB) March 24, 2023
According to a user, their RCS messages remain undelivered for hours, despite enabling the automatic to resend feature on multiple devices. Another user reported that the initial message does not send if RCS is unavailable.
“Does the RCS option to resend as text or sms/mms ever work? I often find unsent messages because of this feature not working properly,” wrote one user.
“Yeah the resend as SMS definitely does not work for me,” said another.
No acknowledgment of the issue + users thinking of switching to other apps
Due to the persistent issue, a few users are contemplating the possibility of switching to other messaging applications. “RCS in Google Messages has been so unreliable my Wife went back to iPhone,” said one user.
It is unfortunate that Google has not provided an official response regarding the matter.
It is possible that there may be a bug or technical glitch causing this issue. However, without further information or an official statement from Google, it is difficult to say for sure.
To fix the issue, it is recommended that affected users try disabling the “Automatically resend as text (SMS/MMS)” option in their Google Messages settings and manually resending messages as SMS or MMS when necessary.
Additionally, clearing the app cache and data or uninstalling and reinstalling the app may help resolve any software-related issues. We hope that a fix is available soon.