Very soon, you might be able to send SMS or text messages from within your Facebook Messenger app, and even be able to maintain several accounts from within the app, courtesy of new tests Facebook is currently running to make these things work.
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While Facebook is trying to allow SMS integration into Messenger, it must be mentioned that this and the ability to use multiple accounts will only be possible for Android users – at least for now.
Tech Times revealed that Facebook Messenger had SMS functions when it was just launched some years ago, but Facebook did away with the functionality in November 2013 – and now trying to resuscitate the feature again.
As soon as this SMS feature is activated, users will see a “Write an SMS message” prompt in an input box; and sent messages will be marked by purple bubbles instead of the typical blue color that Facebook is known for.
"At Messenger, we are always trying to create new ways for people to communicate seamlessly with everyone," a Facebook spokesperson said. "Right now, we're testing the ability for people to easily bring all their conversations — from SMS and Messenger — to one place."
The company spokesperson added that users will be able to get, see, and respond to all SMS messages from within the Messenger app rather than from other sources.
For the multiple account support, Facebook Messenger users will be able to use several accounts on the same Android device without the need to log out of one before signing in to the other.
"Millions of people share phones with their family and friends," the spokesperson said. "Until now, there hasn't been an easy way for people to access their individual Messenger accounts from shared devices."
Users only need to add user accounts from the accounts section on the app that they will be able to operate multiple accounts protected by password so that others will not be able to read the user’s message, even though they can see notifications when new message arrives on the device.
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It is speculated that the SMS integrated feature might be available in selection regions only, while the multiple account feature will be available to everyone everywhere.