Facebook Messenger Can Now Send and Receive SMS

  • Messenger combines Standard SMS and Messenger Messages in a Single Interface
  • In addition to text and images, users can also send rich contents via SMS
  • The feature does not strike privacy concerns as SMS are not stored on Facebook’s server

Facebook Messenger has released a new feature on Tuesday; allowing its users to send and receive SMS text messages and messenger messages in a single interface through their Android application.

“You will now have the choice to be able to send and receive your SMS/texts in Messenger and will not have go to different screens on your phone to communicate,” Facebook said in a post.

This is a strategy of the social networking giant to make the world stick to their application.

To enable the feature, go to the Settings of your Messenger app, tap”SMS” and then select “Default SMS app”.

All your text messages will be seen, sent and received on the Messenger App.

This allows you to enjoy rich content like stickers, GIFs, emojis and location sharing — just like regular Messenger conversations aside from text and images.

Through this, SMS Messages will act like Facebook’s chat heads that appears like a floating bubble every time you receive an SMS.

The text messages are sent via SMS as usual and is not stored on Facebook’s server; hence, it does not strike any privacy concerns and standard texting rates apply as is.

To avoid confusion, SMS conversations will be in purple while the default messenger message is blue. Messenger will not combine your SMS and FB messages as they are separated even if they are messages of the same person.

Image by Facebook
Image by Facebook

The feature, according to TechCrunch, has been tested by a few people since February and it got a positive feedback.

Facebook Messenger leader David Marcus said that the SMS/Messenger integration will be available to “most countries”.

However, the feature is not yet available to iphone users as iOS doesn’t support app permissions for accessing text messages.

Tech Companies like Google, Microsoft and Facebook are investing heavily on messaging bot platforms as it makes their customers glued to their phones.