Recently, Facebook has added SMS support in its Messenger app for Android. It means you can now send or receive SMS via Facebook Messenger. It is a notable update from Facebook. This update was in rumors for a long time and now, it has turned into reality.
This is not the first time that the Messenger app has added SMS support. Previously, it was removed in 2013 due to some technicalities. The Vice President of Messaging products at Facebook, David Marcus, commented regarding this announcement yesterday,
Very excited to announce a major new feature for Messenger on Android today! From now on, you’ll be able to send and receive your SMS messages from Messenger, which means you now have one integrated place for all your messaging!
Now, there is no need to use separate instant messaging app to manage your SMS. You can do it right from your Messenger app. The app will enable you to send voice clips, stickers and location to your recipients. And don’t worry, it will all be done on client side with no SMS reaching Facebook’s servers.
For SMS, Facebook has used purple design, in line with the app’s material design. This will allow you to manage SMS and default chat heads effectively.
How to use SMS on Messenger app:
To activate SMS support on Facebook Messenger, here are the steps you need to follow:
- Visit your Account Settings on the Facebook website.
- Then, navigate to Mobile Settings.
- Add and verify your mobile number if you had not added it before.
- Click on ‘Activate Text Messaging’.
- Now, head to Settings app on your phone.
- Change default messages app to Facebook Messenger.
The new feature for Messenger app has already started rolling out. You can get the latest Facebook version from HERE and check if you have received the update or not. The feature is currently limited to Android app only and will be rolled out to iOS later on.
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