Facebook is bringing some popular features back from the good old days and adding support for others. The company has confirmed the fact that it is indeed, testing the waters for bringing back the SMS from messenger feature while also providing multiple account support on one device.
The SMS from messenger feature was already available back in time. However, it was removed in November 2013, when Facebook cited the fact that it wasn’t particularly popular as the reason for its ouster.
Speaking to VentureBeat on the topic, a Facebook spokesperson said,
At Messenger, we are always trying to create new ways for people to communicate seamlessly with everyone. Right now, we’re testing the ability for people to easily bring all their conversations — from SMS and Messenger — to one place. It’s a really simple way to get, see and respond to all your SMS messages in just one app. By choosing to access your SMS messages in Messenger, they’re right alongside all the other enhanced features that Messenger offers.
However, the feature isn’t going public quite yet. The company is currently releasing it for a select group of Android Users in the US with other regions expected to follow.
If you are in the US and want to check if you can access SMS via the Facebook messenger, try changing the default messaging app.
Next up is the multiple account support option that was also recently spotted on the iOS version of Facebook backed Instagram. The feature has officially been launched on the Android version of Facebook.
Millions of people share phones with their family and friends. Until now, there hasn’t been an easy way for people to access their individual Messenger accounts from shared devices. To address this, we’ve launched a feature on Android to enable multiple people to log in and use Messenger from a single phone.
The reasons behind allowing multiple accounts from the same device are similar to what prompted Instagram to make a move in the direction. Not only do multiple people may now be sharing devices, but in many cases a single individual is responsible for multiple accounts as well — As is the case with people managing the PR of companies, for example.
You can use the multi-account feature by opening your account settings in Messenger and adding users. Unlike the SMS on messenger, this feature is live and is expected to have been rolled out globally.
Go check the new features out!