The feature is only available on Android. However, when you send an SMS message, the recipient can be on any platform. “We hope that this new choice will bring the convenience of being able to access all your messages in one place, making your messaging a lot simpler and helping you stay on top of your conversations,” Facebook said in a post.
Here’s how it works:
Open Messenger and tap on Settings (the person icon), then select “SMS” from the list and turn on “Default SMS app.” Users can now view and respond to their SMS conversations in Messenger. SMS conversations will be in purple while Messenger conversations will be in blue. SMS in Messenger not only supports standard text, images, videos and audio but also rich content like stickers, emojis and location sharing. Users will have to use regular Messenger to send GIFs, send money, make voice and video calls, and request transportation.
SMS in Messenger do not send, upload or store your conversations on Facebook servers. All messages are sent and received via SMS. Standard SMS, regular text charges apply, Facebook added. However, regular, non-SMS messages sent or received on Messenger will continue to use data.