Another thing to be mindful of: The "Alexa, send a text message" voice command is different from "Alexa, send a message" command. But you'll need to read their number like a cave man: "Alexa, send a text message to". That's the one caveat. It will only send via SMS if that option is unavailable. However, you will not be able to work with this feature using third-party Alexa speakers.
How do you enable the SMS texting feature?The SMS feature is already live on all Alexa devices that support calling and messaging.
It may seem odd to say that a few days after Apple formally outlined plans for the upcoming availability of its HomePod product, potentially a new major competitive force in the market, but Google certainly has a head start. Would you use it to send SMS? Also, they must have the Alexa app installed.
How do you actually send an SMS via Alexa?The caveat here is that the feature worked only when the caller and the receiver had Echo devices.
The skill, which is live in the USA now with other countries expected to follow, can send messages using either the Alexa Messaging System for fellow Alexa users or via SMS to everyone else. You'll be informed that the message has been sent, but it won't be read back before it's carried away. It might go out as SMS or through the existing Alexa messaging service. Alexa will then either send your message as a regular text, or over Alexa messaging (if it's to another Alexa-enabled device).
Alexa has been able to send messages since previous year, VentureBeat notes, but not via SMS. To begin sending SMS texts, open the Alexa app, navigate over to the Conversations tab, then choose Contacts, then My Profile, and toggle the Send SMS feature on. The Google Home is available for purchase and Apple HomePod is set to launch soon.