Amazon Alexa Can Now Send SMS Messages to Android Phones

Posted February 01, 2018

While Google's digital voice assistant Google Home can offer voice access to a world of knowledge, if you ask it to send a text message, it replies: 'Sorry, I can't send texts yet'. However, the new feature is now available only in the U.S. and on Android smartphones. Not surprisingly, you can't use this to text 911, participate in group messages or send MMS - there's only so much you can do when you can't actually see the chats.

As TechCrunch highlights, getting set up to send SMS messages with Alexa requires a small bit of prep. The Amazon Alexa Super Bowl campaign will continue with supporting 30-second spots featuring Leslie Jones, JB Smoove and Rebel Wilson. The information would reach the intended destination either as an SMS or through the existing Alexa messaging service. If you ask Alexa to "send a text message", it will automatically be sent via SMS right away. Recently Amazon added a feature that allows you to call handsfree, and this time they have added an SMS option. If you aren't familiar, standard messages require both you and the recipient to have the Alexa app to communicate.

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The feature is live on all Alexa devices that support Alexa calling and messaging, and does not work on third-party devices at this point. The company also confirmed that it will be making the feature available internationally at some point in the future, but didn't say exactly when.

What's needed to send an SMS via Alexa?

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In case you own an Android phone and an Alexa speaker, you should definitely try this new thing with SMS messages. Then tap "Contacts" and "My Profile" then toggle the "Send an SMS" button to turn on the feature.

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