What You Need to Know About RCS, Apple’s WhatsApp Replacement

What You Need to Know About RCS

It’s been a year since Apple announced its plan to replace the world’s most popular messaging app, WhatsApp. It promised a better “privacy-first” experience with end-to-end encryption and voice calls for free. It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not as great as you think. There are some things you need to know before switching to Apple’s new RCS service.


1) The switch will take time

2) You won’t be able to use your old chat history

3) There is no way of deleting chats from other devices or the cloud.

What is RCS?

Rich Communication Services is a new messaging standard developed by the GSMA. It’s an upgrade in messaging technology that offers features like video calls, group chats, and more.


Most importantly, it will offer users end-to-end encryption and rich security features to keep your conversations private.

However, Apple’s RCS service is not fully finished yet. The company has rolled out its beta version of the app to only a few countries in Asia.

In other words, Apple’s RCS service won’t be available globally for some time yet. There are also limitations with the current beta version of the app that you need to know about before switching over to it:

– You won’t be able to use your old chat history

– There is no way of deleting chats from other devices or the cloud

How does it compare to WhatsApp?

1) The experience will be better

2) It will allow users to send free messages and calls

3) There is no way of deleting chats from other devices or the cloud.

Switching to Apple’s RCS


From the beginning of WhatsApp’s launch in 2009, it has been a popular messaging app. It boasts more than 1 billion users worldwide and is used by both people on a day-to-day basis and businesses for customer service. This is why many people were happy to hear that Apple was going to replace the service with its own RCS (Rich Communication Services) service.


However, there are some things you should know about this new service before switching over. Here are three things you should be aware of:

1) Switching to Apple’s RCS service will take time. The switch has only just begun and it will still be a few months until WhatsApp users see any changes.

2) You won’t be able to use your old chat history if you decide to switch to Apple’s RCS services. This means that while you can start using the new app after the switch, your old chats will not be available on their platform once they have finished rolling out their software updates.

3) There is no way of deleting chats from other devices or the cloud if your device is lost or stolen. Although these conversations may not have been deleted when they were deleted from your phone, they will still be accessible

System Requirements for Switching

If you want to switch from WhatsApp to Apple’s new RCS service, you will have to do it before December 31st. This is because the old WhatsApp service will be discontinued on January 1st, 2019.


The switching process requires that your device is running iOS 11 or later, and has a device running iOS 12 installed on it. If you don’t meet these requirements, Apple will not be able to transfer your chats over to Apple’s new service.

How will switching affect your data and privacy?

When you switch to Apple’s new RCS service, your data is stored in the cloud. You’ll use your Apple ID to log in, and your old chat history will be deleted. If you want to get it back onto your iPhone, you’ll have to make sure to manually backup or transfer over all of the chats you’ve ever had on your phone before switching.


Additionally, if you have a lot of friends using WhatsApp and you want to stay connected with them after the switch, there are some ways that you can do this without losing any of your friends (or their contact info). You could find another person who uses Apple’s new RCS service and start a group message with all of their contacts. You could also just keep in touch through iMessage. And if someone sends an iMessage from an iPhone that isn’t yours, then it won’t be automatically deleted from your phone like it would from WhatsApp.


Ultimately, switching over to Apple’s new RCS service won’t be as easy as Apple makes it seem. It will take some time, but we promise it will all be worth it!


With Apple’s decision to replace the popular WhatsApp messaging application with a new program called RCS, which stands for Rich Communication Services, many questions have been raised.

Apple’s decision to replace WhatsApp with RCS is an interesting one, but what does it mean for you? Here’s what you should know about RCS and how it compares to WhatsApp.