Facebook’s plan to take over just took a new turn. The company announced that you can now send and receive SMS text messages through its Android Messenger app.
This feature was present in the Messenger app back in 2012 but it was removed due to a drop in the usage. The SMS feature has now been resurrected in the Messenger app and hopefully this time it will stay for good.
In the announcement made by David Marcus, VP of Messaging products at Facebook he said;
Very excited to announce a major new feature for Messenger on
Android today! From now on, you’ll be able to send and receive your
SMS messages from Messenger, which means you now have one
integrated place for all your messaging!
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. This update is rolling out to most countries starting today.
Give it a try, and as always let us know how we can make it even better for you!
You can go to settings, select “SMS”and turn on “Default SMS App.” This will make all your SMS conversations appear in Messenger as purple threads, alongside your blue Facebook chats.
Standard SMS fees still apply.
NONE of your messages are stored Facebook servers.