Android Facebook Messenger Users Can Send, Receive SMS Messages

Facebook is giving Messenger users with Android devices the option of accessing their SMS messages via the application.

Facebook is giving Messenger users with Android devices the option of accessing their SMS messages via the application.

The social network said in a post on its Messenger page that it has been testing the feature and stressed that it is completely optional.

Users who choose to activate the feature will see their standard Messenger messages in blue and their SMS messages in purple, and those SMS messages will support text, images, videos, stickers, emoji and location sharing.

Facebook offered instructions on how to turn on the feature in its Messenger post:

  1. Open Messenger and tap on Settings (the person icon).
  2. Select “SMS” from the list.
  3. Turn on “Default SMS app.”


The social network also provided more details on the new feature:

SMS in Messenger supports standard text, images, videos, and audio, but also rich content like stickers, emojis, and location sharing. You’ll have to use regular Messenger to send GIFs, send money, make voice and video calls and request transportation.

The feature is only available on Android. However, when you send an SMS message, the recipient can be on any platform.

SMS in Messenger doesn’t send, upload or store your conversations on Facebook servers. All messages are sent and received via SMS. Standard SMS, regular text fees apply. Regular, non-SMS messages sent/received on Messenger will continue to use data.

Using this feature is your choice; you can easily switch to a different app as your primary SMS app from your device settings, or directly from the app that you want to make your primary SMS app.

Readers with Android devices: Will you try out this new feature? David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.