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Facebook Messenger now lets Android users send SMS

In addition to playing a soccer mini-game in-app, Facebook Messenger now lets its users send text messages without needing to switch to a different app.


“Today we are enabling people to use SMS in Messenger for Android to communicate with their family, friends and phone contacts. What this means is 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,” the company posted on their page.

To activate this feature, follow these three steps:

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


After which, you’ll see a variation in the color of SMS conversations — blue is from Messenger while purple bubbles are text messages. Standard rates apply. Users can send text, images, videos, audio, and even stickers and emojis can be sent via SMS.

As of now, this feature is available to Android users and is only optional. You can always opt to have your separate Messaging app.

We tried doing it on our Android devices but we still don’t see the SMS option. We’re thinking that the update is per region just like normal software upgrades. Try it on your device and let us know if you see this feature.



Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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13 Responses

  1. ad says:

    It’s already available here, I had the notification last night and had been using it since then

  2. Gian Pangan says:

    Try logging in and out then press allow when asked if you want to text anyone in your contacts list.

  3. rj says:

    Meron na. Sa system settings, try mo i-set yung default SMS app to (FB) Messenger. Tapos alising sa recent app list. Open the app, and voila!

  4. Ronald says:

    Pde ba magsend yan (SMS) if hindi ka connected sa data or wifi?

    • ross says:

      pwede naman yan na kasi magigigng messaging app mo, bali combine na with fb messenger, ang prob lang dko mabago notification sound, default fb msgr. sound kasi

    • Ronald says:


      anong file type ba ng message sound ng messenger(mp3, wav, mid, ogg)? try mo hanapin ung notification sa media\audio\notification\

      Try mo rename ung orig notification into messenger-OLD notification
      Then try mo i-rename ung favorite notification mo into original messenger format name notification then copy mo dun sa notification folder ng messenger.

  5. don says:

    Messenger updated. Tried also logout then login. But, I can’t see any “SMS” in the setting or anywhere inside messenger. Android user.

  6. May says:

    Can’t send sms using the other network. Dual sim kasi yung phone ko. Wala bang option to to choose what network to use when sending SMS? Thanks!

  7. France says:

    Can i ask magkano charges nila kapag nagsend ka sms.. Sa smart Network? Charges thanks..

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