Did you know that you can send and receive text messages using Facebook Messenger on your Android phone? The people you’re communicating with don’t need to have a Facebook account, Facebook Messenger, or even a smart phone.
You can use SMS in Messenger to send text, images, video, and even stickers and emoji. But you’ll need to use regular messenger for things like GIFs, transferring money and making voice and video calls.
If you’re using Messenger to chat with someone and you receive a text, you won’t have to leave Messenger and open your texting app to check on the text and reply. Keep in mind, though, that the text is still be sent as part of your texting plan, so data usage and any text fees you would normally pay will still apply.
Also, you won’t be able to access these messages from your PC or tablet that way you can standard Facebook Messenger messages.
Here’s how to activate the service. Open Messenger and select settings by tapping the icon that looks like a person in the upper-right corner. Scroll down and tap SMS.
Then tap Turn On.
You’ll need to give permission to switch your default messaging app.
Your Text contacts will display differently in Messenger than your Facebook contacts.
You can read them just like any Messenger message, but they will be in a different color scheme than the standard messenger message.
To send a text message, you can either tap a contact to begin writing one or create a new message and enter the contact. If the person isn’t yet a contact, just start typing the phone number. Messenger will recognize that you want to write an SMS message.
To switch back to the default Android Message App, just tap it to open. You’ll have the option of switching back.