Facebook Messenger may again handle SMS messages on Android

Messenger also now supports multiple accounts at once, so you don't have to constantly sign out to switch profiles.

Derek Walter

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Facebook may bring SMS conversations back to its Messenger app. Some Android users have noticed the option to use Messenger for this purpose has popped up inside of their app

After some Android users spotted it, Facebook confirmed the testing in a statement to VentureBeat

At Messenger, we are always trying to create new ways for people to communicate seamlessly with everyone. Right now, we’re testing the ability for people to easily bring all their conversations—from SMS and Messenger—to one place. It’s a really simple way to get, see and respond to all your SMS messages in just one app. By choosing to access your SMS messages in Messenger, they’re right alongside all the other enhanced features that Messenger offers.

To see if you’re in on the test, go to the Facebook app settings and see if you have Change SMS App as an option.

The other major tweak, which everyone has access to, is the ability add multiple accounts to Messenger. This should make your life a bit easier if you’re in charge of managing several profiles at once, which is more common as businesses rely on Facebook to interact with customers.

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You can add multiple accounts to the Facebook Messenger app on Android.

If you want to try your luck with the newest features you can get Facebook Messenger in the Google Play Store.

The story behind the story: Facebook wants to position its Messenger app as the dominant, cross-platform messaging solution. It’s tried to make this happen through integration with other services, like a recent tie-in to Uber and Lyft. Since SMS just won’t die, you could use Messenger for all your conversations this way, unless of course you’ve embraced one of the many other over-the-top services available.

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