Cross-platform plugin for Cordova / PhoneGap to send SMS. Available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 8.
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Cordova SMS Plugin

Cross-platform plugin for Cordova / PhoneGap to to easily send SMS. Available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8 and Windows 10 Universal.

Installing the plugin

Using the Cordova CLI and NPM, run:

cordova plugin add cordova-sms-plugin

It is also possible to install via repo url directly (unstable), run :

cordova plugin add https://github.com/cordova-sms/cordova-sms-plugin.git

Using the plugin

HTML

<input id="numberTxt" placeholder="Enter mobile number" value="" type="tel" />
<textarea id="messageTxt" placeholder="Enter message"></textarea>
<input type="button" onclick="app.sendSms()" value="Send SMS" />

Javascript

var app = {
    sendSms: function() {
        var number = document.getElementById('numberTxt').value.toString(); /* iOS: ensure number is actually a string */
        var message = document.getElementById('messageTxt').value;
        console.log("number=" + number + ", message= " + message);

        //CONFIGURATION
        var options = {
            replaceLineBreaks: false, // true to replace \n by a new line, false by default
            android: {
                intent: 'INTENT'  // send SMS with the native android SMS messaging
                //intent: '' // send SMS without open any other app
            }
        };

        var success = function () { alert('Message sent successfully'); };
        var error = function (e) { alert('Message Failed:' + e); };
        sms.send(number, message, options, success, error);
    }
};

On Android, two extra functions are exposed to know whether or not an app has permission and to request permission to send SMS (Android Marshmallow +).

var app = {
    checkSMSPermission: function() {
        var success = function (hasPermission) { 
            if (hasPermission) {
                sms.send(...);
            }
            else {
                // show a helpful message to explain why you need to require the permission to send a SMS
                // read http://developer.android.com/training/permissions/requesting.html#explain for more best practices
            }
        };
        var error = function (e) { alert('Something went wrong:' + e); };
        sms.hasPermission(success, error);
    },
    requestSMSPermission: function() {
        var success = function (hasPermission) { 
            if (!hasPermission) {
                sms.requestPermission(function() {
                    console.log('[OK] Permission accepted')
                }, function(error) {
                    console.info('[WARN] Permission not accepted')
                    // Handle permission not accepted
                })
            }
        };
        var error = function (e) { alert('Something went wrong:' + e); };
        sms.hasPermission(success, error);
    }
};

FAQ

sms is undefined

Please go through all the closed issues about this subject. The issue is mostly coming from the way you installed the plugin, please double check everything before opening another issue.

When building my project for android I get the following error: cannot find symbol: cordova.hasPermission(string)

You need to update cordova-android to the latest version (recommended), or at least to the version 5.1.1.

cordova platform update android or cordova platform update android@5.1.1

Is the plugin available on Adobe PhoneGap Build?

Yes, the plugin is available, please see instructions here: http://docs.phonegap.com/phonegap-build/configuring/plugins/. Use the npm or github source.

How can I receive SMS?

You can't receive SMS via this plugin. This plugin only sends SMS.

Android immediately passes success back to app?

Please read #issue 26

iOS closes the SMS dialog instantly. What's wrong?

Make sure the number argument passed is converted to string first using either String(number) or number.toString(). Notice that toString() won't work if the number argument is null or undefined.

I get this error. What's wrong?

compile:
    [javac] Compiling 4 source files to /Users/username/MyProject/platforms/android/bin/classes
    [javac] /Users/username/MyProject/platforms/android/src/org/apache/cordova/plugin/sms/Sms.java:15: cannot find symbol
    [javac] symbol  : class Telephony
    [javac] location: package android.provider
    [javac] import android.provider.Telephony;
    [javac]                        ^
    [javac] /Users/username/MyProject/platforms/android/src/org/apache/cordova/plugin/sms/Sms.java:60: cannot find symbol
    [javac] symbol  : variable KITKAT
    [javac] location: class android.os.Build.VERSION_CODES
    [javac]     if(Build.VERSION.SDK_INT >= Build.VERSION_CODES.KITKAT) {
    [javac]                                                    ^
    [javac] /Users/username/MyProject/platforms/android/src/org/apache/cordova/plugin/sms/Sms.java:61: package Telephony does not exist
    [javac]       String defaultSmsPackageName = Telephony.Sms.getDefaultSmsPackage(this.cordova.getActivity());
    [javac]                                               ^
    [javac] 3 errors

BUILD FAILED

The problem is that you need to make sure that you set the target to android-19 or later in your ./platforms/android/project.properties file like this:

# Project target.
target=android-19
How can I send an sms in my iOS app without passing control to the native app like it can be done on Android?

This isn't possible on iOS. It requires that you show the user the native sms composer, to be able to send an sms.

Donations

If your app is successful or if you are working for a company, please consider donating some beer money 🍺:

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Keep in mind that I am maintaining this repository on my free time so thank you for considering a donation. 👍

Contributing

I believe that everything is working, feel free to put in an issue or to fork and make pull requests if you want to add a new feature.

Things you can fix:

  • Allow for null number to be passed in Right now, it breaks when a null value is passed in for a number, but it works if it's a blank string, and allows the user to pick the number It should automatically convert a null value to an empty string

Thanks for considering contributing to this project.

Finding something to do

Ask, or pick an issue and comment on it announcing your desire to work on it. Ideally wait until we assign it to you to minimize work duplication.

Reporting an issue

  • Search existing issues before raising a new one.

  • Include as much detail as possible.

Pull requests

  • Make it clear in the issue tracker what you are working on, so that someone else doesn't duplicate the work.

  • Use a feature branch, not master.

  • Rebase your feature branch onto origin/master before raising the PR.

  • Keep up to date with changes in master so your PR is easy to merge.

  • Be descriptive in your PR message: what is it for, why is it needed, etc.

  • Make sure the tests pass

  • Squash related commits as much as possible.

Coding style

  • Try to match the existing indent style.

  • Don't mix platform-specific stuff into the main code.

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License

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