Facebook has decided to add back a feature that it removed back in 2013,  Facebook’s David Marcus has described this addition as “SMS on steroids”

The addition of sms comes after rumours that Apple may release a version of iMessage for Android at WWDC failed to materialise. 

Facebook made the new feature stand out with a purple design when SMS threads are shown versus the normal Facebook blue for the platform’s Messenger messages. 

Users need to go to the Facebook web version first to activate the text messaging and must have a verified number, once completed users need to  change the default app setting for messages on their Android phone in order for the SMS messages to come through Messenger.