How to remove or disable SMS in Messenger

If you activated them out of curiosity, we explain how to disable or remove SMS from Messenger. And if you are tired of the application, you can uninstall it.

The SMS function in Messenger allows you to send and receive classic text messages (through the operator) with this application. The problem is that when activating this option, they are mixed with Facebook messages (although they can be easily distinguished). Also, you can no longer use the default APP to send messages. Fortunately, you can disable Messenger SMS very easily, as follows.


Deactivate SMS Messenger


  1. Open the Messenger app.
  2. At the top, touch the button where your photo appears.
  3. In the list of options, tap on “SMS”.
  4. Where it says “On,” tap the switch on the right to turn off. Confirm this action in the next window that appears by tapping on «Deactivate SMS».

After disabling the Messenger SMS function as indicated, a window will probably appear where you will have to choose another default Messaging application (you probably want to return to the default app, called «Messaging»). If this window does not appear, you will have to make the change manually, like so:

  1. Open Android settings.
  2. Tap on “Applications”.
  3. Touch the menu button, top right.
  4. On the next screen tap on “Default Applications”.
  5. Tap on “Messaging Application” (or SMS).
  6. Choose the SMS app that you want to set as default.

Activate SMS in Messenger

Obviously, the procedure is practically the same as before, only by activating the mentioned switch.

However, the SMS option may not appear within Messenger settings . If so, it will be necessary to force its activation from the Android settings, in the same way indicated before. That is, going to the general settings of Android, “Applications”, “Default Applications”, and “Messaging Application” choose “Messenger”. After this, close the Messenger application (delete it from the list of recent applications) and when you reopen it, the SMS option should already appear and Messenger should already be activated as the SMS application.

Uninstall Messenger

If you are tired of the Messenger application (it is one of the most consuming batteries and resources on your phone), you can uninstall it:

  1. Android settings
  2. Applications
  3. Messenger
  4. Uninstall

If the application comes pre-installed from the factory on your phone, instead of the Uninstall button, you may only see the Deactivate button. The effect is similar. The only advantage of deactivating Messenger is that you can activate and use it again, without having to download and install again.

More about SMS in Messenger

When activating Faceboook Messenger as the default SMS application, the SMS can still be seen in other SMS applications installed on the Android phone (including the factory SMS application), but you can only send messages of this type from Messenger.

Facebook indicates that the processed SMS will not be saved on the company’s servers, but only on the phone. In addition, Messenger SMS and instant messages will be kept separate, even if they are conversations with the same contact (they will not be mixed in the same conversation). Both types of messages are distinguished by the colors they have within the application. Instant messages are blue, while SMS will be purple.

Facebook says that by activating the SMS function on Android, the user will be able to send stickers, as well as images, videos and audio in addition to conventional text messages. But it is possible that messages with this content are charged by the operator as multimedia messages (MMS). Additionally, SMS can also take advantage of the bubble functionality, as long as the user has this feature activated in the Messenger settings.

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