Facebook is testing a big Messenger update that brings SMS integration and multiple account support

Facebook is testing a big Messenger update that brings SMS integration and multiple account support
It looks like Facebook Messenger is getting ready for a pretty big update that brings SMS integration and multiple account support. In what's a novelty coming from Facebook, the two new features are currently being tested on a limited number of Facebook Messenger for Android users.

Seeing that Facebook-owned Instagram recently launched support for multiple accounts, it's not surprising to see the feature being extended to Facebook Messenger. Regular users will now be able to share a device with Messenger installed. However, we can't help but anticipate that the feature is directed more at business use, given that many of those working in communications have to juggle multiple accounts simultaneously.

The other major feature that Facebook is currently testing on Messenger for Android users is SMS integration. The decision comes as a mild surprise: back in 2012, Facebook rolled out SMS integration in the Messenger app, but the company removed the feature in November 2013 quoting low user adoption.

Here's an official comment from Facebook detailing Messenger's refound SMS integration:


A series of screenshots captured by Android Police reveals that SMS conversations will be highlighted in a purple hue. Online conversations will maintain Facebook's traditional blue hue. 


Both features are currently being tested on an undisclosed number of users in the US. To check for the availability of the SMS integration feature, go to the Messenger settings screen and check for a "Change SMS App" button.

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10 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 31638; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Get this to both of my phones...stat.

2. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

Yayy Facebook can now spy on our sms messages too. what's next Facebook stall, a service which they spy on us in the bathroom unloading

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31638; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They'll partner with Metamucil.

7. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

like they couldn't before HA

3. MichiGo

Posts: 173; Member since: Sep 09, 2014

and more battery drain and more RAM and memory drain.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31638; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

RAM is memory.

6. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

they should focus more on getting already existing features to all of their users.

8. JMartin22

Posts: 2390; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

They should be conducting more trials on their software development to make it more efficient if they aren't already.

9. Sovat_fc

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 30, 2014

I've said many I uninstalled Facebook app already, but can't do to its amazing messaging one.

10. Blazers

Posts: 767; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

I ditched both apps for FB Lite, which has Messenger built in. Much less bloat, and much friendlier on battery life.

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