One of the good things about Android is that users aren’t necessarily locked to a particular app for certain functions on their phone. For example, if you primarily use Meta’s Messenger app as your main app of communication, you can not only chat with your Facebook friends, but receive SMS as well.
Unfortunately, it looks like Meta is retiring the latter feature. This is according to an announcement on the Messenger Help Center where Meta confirmed that they will be retiring the feature on the 28th of September, 2023. According to the announcement:
“If you use Messenger as your default SMS messaging app for your Android device, please note you will no longer be able to use Messenger to send and receive SMS messages sent by your cellular network when you update your app after September 28, 2023.”
Meta notes that the retirement of the feature will not impact your receiving or sending of text messages. Since SMS is done through your carrier’s network, the Messenger app is mainly the medium in which SMS is received. So what happens after the 28th of September, users who do not choose a new default SMS app will have their text messages defaulted to Android Messages which comes preinstalled on Google’s Android phones.