Sending SMS Messages With the Help of Amazon's Alexa

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You can now ask Alexa to send SMS text messages to a contact's mobile phone, rather than just message people through the Alexa app, but there is one caveat, which we'll address in a bit.

Past year the app introduced a new feature that lets users which it will then turn it into voice navigations, a route Amazon may possibly go down. After that, you should select Contacts and then hit the My Profile option.

Your favorite voice-assistant gadget can now text your friends and family whenever you cannot find your phone or your hands are full. Sure, you can use your voice to send SMS text messages using Google Assistant, but having another way to send SMS using your voice doesn't hurt.

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To enable Alexa to deliver text messages to smartphones via Amazon Echo devices, you need to perform an initial setup process.

The catch is that the messages only work through Android phones, once the messaging capability is activated in the Alexa app in the phone.

Amazon says that there's no plan to extend the feature to iOS users right now since Apple doesn't offer its messaging software to third parties like Android does.

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Last year, Amazon introduced a feature that would allow Alexa users to make voice calls and message other Alexa users.

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