Facebook adds SMS messages in Messenger for Android

Facebook has now enabled SMS messaging in Messenger for Android. This is big because users no longer need to switch from their Facebook Messenger app in order to send a plain text message (SMS) to their friends or family.

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Here’s how it works:

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

SMS messages will be displayed in purple, while Messenger conversations will be colored in blue. 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 & video calls, and request transportation. The SMS feature is only available on Android, but your friends with iOS or Windows can still receive and send SMS messages with you.