You can now send SMS, MMS on Facebook Messenger app for Android. This will be an exciting experience as almost every one uses Facebook. Reintegrating SMS and MMS into its Messenger app has been under the works for a long time, and the good news is that the Facebook for Android Beta Testing Program is finally live. This article will teach brave Android users how to join, test, and use Facebook messenger app to send SMS, MMS and provide feedback.
Introducing the Facebook for Android Beta Testing Program
The Facebook Messenger for Android beta program will give people who opt-in access to the latest versions of Messenger for Android before the general release.
Simply by using the app and reporting issues, beta testers will be able to help Facebook developers improve performance and the overall experience on a wide variety of Android devices at scale.
Anyone can join the beta program. When you do, you will get a small batch of fixes and new features every month. All that is need from you is to send monthly report of bugs encountered to enable Facebook team fix it until it becomes bug free for final release to the general public.
Requirements To Join Join the beta version of Facebook for Android
- You must be a Facebook beta tester (see how you can be part here)
- You must have the latest version of the app (18.104.22.168.83) download here
- Note that neither of these could matter as this may be a server-side update directly from Facebook.
Once you’ve successfully met the requirements, next is to join and test the beta version of Facebook for Android messenger app.
How do I Join And Test the beta version of Facebook for Android
If you use Facebook for Android, complete the following steps from your Android to get access to and start testing the beta version of the app:
- Join the Facebook Messenger for Android Beta Testers Google group: HERE
- Allow beta downloads by clicking “Become a Tester” in the Play Store (you need to join the Google Group before becoming a tester)
- Download Facebook Messenger from the Play Store to update your app
- Turn on automatic updates, as the beta version of Facebook Messenger for Android will be updated multiple times per week
Now, open FB Messenger and head to the Settings (far right), tap SMS, and toggle on the feature.
If this is the first time you’re doing this, you’ll be prompted to set Messenger as your default SMS app.
Facebook Messenger will sync all your SMS and MMS messages, then integrate them into your conversation list. You can distinguish between Messenger and text messages with color; the former in blue, the latter in purple.
The adventurous can explore Facebook Messenger app unique features like stickers, voice memo, thumbs up, sending short text messages and lot’s more.
How do I stop using the beta version of Facebook for Android?
You will remain a Beta Tester until you leave the Beta Program. Maybe, for one reason or the other you want to return to the official app by leaving the beta version of Facebook for Android, use the guide:
To stop using the beta version of Facebook for Android: In the Play Store, tap Leave the test; Uninstall the test version of the Facebook app from your Android. Done!
Now that you know how to send SMS, MMS on Facebook Messenger App via the beta version of Facebook for Android, why not proceed and give it a try. Those who are already in the beta testing program, let’s hear your experience.