Facebook Messenger gains SMS functionality on Android


Facebook sent out a big update to its ‘Messenger’ application yesterday. The most significant addition of the update being SMS support.

One can now text using Facebook Messenger as their default SMS application. The update began to roll out yesterday on Android. To download it, check under the ‘my apps and games’ section in the Play Store or click here.

With the ability to send SMS messages right from Facebook Messenger, one can merge conversations with their friends/family on Facebook to avoid hassle. To enable this functionality, open Messenger and tap on the settings icon, then select SMS from the list of options. Lastly, you’ll have to clear your defaults and make the Facebook Messenger application your default SMS app. Once set, you’ll no longer be able to send texts from any other app.

Outgoing messages will appear in purple and incoming messages will be in a blue color. You’ll be able to have fun with the person you’re chatting with using the included stickers, emojis, and location sharing. One can also send text, links, videos, pictures, and short audio clips.

Some features of Messenger like the ability to send GIFs, send money, make calls, and request transportation can only be used for the Facebook Messenger functionality and won’t work with SMS. Note that when sending SMS, text fees will apply, and when using Messenger, sending messages will use data (like usual). Best of all, Facebook promises that all SMS messages sent using Messenger won’t be stored on servers. Therefore privacy is no concern.

SOURCE [Facebook]

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