“There are o By absorbing people’s text threads for one-stop management, then highlighting the ability to Facebook-message someone over the option to SMS them, it could ease users into the transition to all Messenger, all the time.
Facebook first integrated SMS into Messenger for Android in 2012, showing texts in both the default messages app and Messenger.
But it dropped the feature in 2013 after weak traction, likely in a gambit to focus on boosting Messenger usage.
Then in February 2016, Messenger started testing its modern version of SMS in Messenger.
Starting today in most countries, users can open Messenger for Android, go to their settings, select “SMS” and turn on “Default SMS App.” All your SMS conversations will then appear in Messenger as purple threads, alongside your blue Facebook chats.