If you’re an Android user who loves to chat, you’re in luck. Facebook Messenger for Android now supports SMS messaging, meaning you no longer have to switch back and forth between applications. Messenger hopes it can be your default texting client.
All you have to do to opt into the new service is update to the latest version of the app. Once enabled, you can set the app as your “default SMS app” in Messenger’s settings and then view your texts alongside Facebook chats. A handful of Facebook’s rich content such as stickers, emojis, and location information will also be made available to SMS. For your clarity, Facebook will label its own chat messages blue and SMS messages will be purple.
This isn’t the first time Facebook has tried advancing its services for Android. It added SMS support to Android’s Messenger app in 2012, but promptly pulled the feature. Since then, Facebook has turned a lot of its attention towards Messenger, and is hoping to make it more of a primary communication method for its users. In fact, just last week Facebook started removing messaging from its mobile web version, making the last remaining mobile holdouts more or less obligated to download Messenger.
Facebook has said its new service will protect user privacy.
“SMS in Messenger doesn’t send, upload or store your conversations on Facebook servers,” it stated in a post. “Using this feature is your choice; you can easily switch to a different app as your primary SMS app from your device settings or directly from the app that you want to make your primary SMS app.”