Here’s how you can send SMS from Facebook Messenger for Android smartphones and tablets
Are you a Facebook Messenger addict? Do you miss sending SMS to Android smartphone from Messenger? Well, then there is news that you can rejoice. Facebook Messenger has now reintroduced the support for SMS text messages on Android smartphones from Messenger. In other words, Facebook Messenger can now officially send and receive texts as your default SMS client on Android smartphones.
Confirming the announcement, David Marcus, Facebook Messenger Vice-President wrote on his page, “A lot of Android texting apps didn’t keep up with the evolution of messaging, so we felt like we truly had to make Messenger the best SMS client for Android. As a result, in addition to having a fully integrated app for all your messaging, you’re now able to send voice clips, stickers, and even share your location over SMS on top of standard texting features. You will now also enjoy all the things you’ve come to love about Messenger for all your messages, including chat heads and more.”
Technically, this is not the first time Facebook Messenger gained SMS integration. The feature was removed due to a lack of use in 2013. However, with the latest update for SMS integration, Facebook has made it clear that it wants Messenger to be the default messaging app across Android platform. Integration with Facebook Messenger also promises a richer SMS experience with the ability to send voice-clips, stickers, etc. However, while all users will be able to receive SMS messages sent from Facebook Messenger for Android, they won’t be able to send back any stickers, voice messages or locations unless they are also using Facebook Messenger.
Facebook says that iOS doesn’t currently support app permissions for accessing text messages, although the SMS recipient can be on any platform.
Further, to protect privacy, Facebook does not process your SMS or store your conversations through its servers, only on the phone. Facebook says: “SMS in Messenger doesn’t send, upload or store your conversations on Facebook servers. All messages are sent and received via SMS”. Facebook also won’t merge your SMS threads into Messenger threads with the same person, as it could cause chat timeline chaos if you have mistakenly ended up Messengering and SMSing with someone at the same time.
Here’s how you can SMS from Facebook Messenger:
1. Open Messenger. Then Click On The Profile Button On The Top Right
It will take you to this page with all of your profile settings.
2. Scroll Down To See If You Have A SMS Button Under Notifications & Sounds
If you do, click on the SMS button and slide the blue dot to make Messenger your default SMS application. If you don’t have the SMS button, then proceed to Step 3.
3. Go To The Google Play Store To Check For An Update
If your phone has received but not yet installed the update, you will see an option to update the app in this window.
4. Once You Are Able To Update, Go Back To Steps 1 And 2.
This will finally enable the option on your phone. Then proceed to Step 5.
5. Open Messenger And Text As Usual
Once you have made Facebook Messenger your default SMS program, your Facebook Messenger messages will appear in blue within the app, while your SMS messages will appear in purple. In either case, starting a conversation works the same way as always: Either tap an on-going conversation to add to it, or tap the “write” button, choose your recipient either by phone number or Facebook name, and text away. Regular text message fees apply.
So, what are you waiting for? Just go and explore. SMS support has already been rolled out as part of version 75 of Facebook Messenger.