Amazon has just added a new feature to Alexa that should make Android users pretty happy, you can now send SMS messages from Alexa to your contacts! Currently this feature is Android only as iOS does not allow third-party messaging but perhaps in the future that will get worked out. Being a long time Android user and for the most part despising Apple products I am happy to see this feature come.
We have had the ability to send voice messages and even make calls through Alexa for a while now so SMS support really should not be a surprise. You do have to setup the new
feature however and to do this all you need to do is follow the below:
- Sign up for Alexa Calling & Messaging in the Alexa app.
- Tap the Conversations icon.
- Select Contacts.
- Select My Profile.
- Enable “Send an SMS” and accept the Android OS permission.
With that done you are ready to send a text message using Alexa, all you have to do is tell Alexa to “Send an SMS to [your contact name]”
Right now we are limited to just SMS so that rules out group messaging which is sent over MMS but this is a good start. I have been playing around with it for a bit this morning and seems to be working very well. My only complaint is that i have to say “Send SMS” , who calls it an SMS? Why cant i just say send Text Message? Perhaps that will come in the future.
Anyone else play around with this yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
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