Starting from September 28th, Facebook Messenger will no longer support sending and receiving SMS messages within the app for Android users. This change will take effect when users update their Messenger app.
Meta, the company behind Facebook, stated that SMS messages will no longer be available after the update. If users currently use Messenger as their default SMS messaging app on their Android device, they will need to switch to their device’s default messaging app, such as Android Messages, to send and receive SMS messages from their cellular network. Users will still be able to send and receive regular text messages through Messenger.
The integration of SMS functionality into messaging apps was introduced almost ten years ago to attract new users to the platform. However, Meta had previously experimented with SMS support in 2012 before removing it in 2013. The company has been making other changes to Messenger, including gradually introducing end-to-end encryption (E2EE) and adding features like chat themes and custom emojis to E2EE chat threads.