Microsoft starts testing SMS Connect for Skype on Android devices

Microsoft starts testing SMS Connect for Skype on Android devices
Microsoft will soon allow Skype users to receive Android-based text messages on their PCs by using a new feature called SMS Connect. Starting today, Skype Insiders will be able to test SMS Connect assuming they already have installed 8.30 builds or higher.

SMS Connect allows users to pair their Windows PC or Mac to their phones in order to start getting SMS conversations to their desktop. Basically, you won't have to open your phone to read a new SMS or reply to it since you'll now be able to do both operations from your desktop.

Here is what exactly you can do with SMS Connect on either your PC or Mac:

  • Read & respond to 1:1 and group SMS conversations;
  • Receive MMS content (photos & videos);
  • Start new conversations.

In order to be able to take advantage of the new feature, you'll have to tap on your profile picture in the Skype app on your Android phone, and head to Settings / Messaging / SMS / Enable SMS Connect. Simply follow the step-by-step guide to pairing your desktop with your phone and that's it.

SMS Connect is not yet ready for primetime, as Microsoft mentions it's still working on a number of improvements, which will be provided through future Insider builds.

source: Microsoft via Thurrott

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4 Comments

1. KonSkl

Posts: 21; Member since: Jun 03, 2016

Now that's what i call improvement for my small business's corporate needs. Thumbs up!!!

2. svknet

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 13, 2017

Does this mean we have to set Skype as default SMS client?

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3125; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

On Windows phones you did. I don't know if it will be required on Android. It's really a great feature.

4. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

that's good news if you can log into web.skype.com to view SMS because QR Codes log ins don't cut it for me when your phone dies.

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