How to Use Facebook Text Messages

By Contributor

Updated December 12, 2019

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If you want to update your Facebook status on the go but don't have a fancy BlackBerry, Android or iPhone, you're not out of luck. You can use Facebook text messaging to get the same results. You just need to go into your account settings and make a few tweaks.

Log into your Facebook account on your computer to activate Facebook Mobile. Click the "Account" menu in the upper-right corner of the page and select "Account Settings" from the drop-down menu. Click the "Mobile" tab in the left column. Click "Add a Phone." You'll be prompted to enter your Facebook password before proceeding.

Select your country and your mobile carrier from the drop-down menus. Add your phone number where indicated. Facebook sends a text message to your phone with an activation code. Enter the code in the box provided to complete the signup process.

Check the box next to "Activate Facebook Text Messages" and click "Submit." Update your status from your cellphone by texting your update to 32665 (FBOOK). The status update appears on your profile exactly as you type it on the phone.

Return to "Account Settings." Select "Notifications" from the left side of the page. Select "Facebook" next to "All Notifications" to expand the menu. Place a check mark under the "Text notifications" icon (a mobile phone) for each category of message or contact you want forwarded to your cellphone. Click "Save Changes" when finished. Repeat with any of the other categories that you wish to have forwarded to your phone.


Although Facebook texting is free, you will be charged your standard text messaging rate by your cellphone service provider.