SMS text messaging simulation on android

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As part of an application I’m currently developing, I need to be able to interogate incoming SMS messages. Since I’ll be developing against the emulator initially I need a way of sending in SMS messages to the emulator. Fortunately, we can use adb to poke in SMS messages at will, as detailed below.

sms-incoming Ultimately, you’ll need to telnet into your emulator, and you’ll need two things:- The port the emulator runs on. To find this out, open up a command window and type :

adb devices

You should see something like this :

C:\development\projects\AndroidSam\trunk_androidsam> adb devices  
List of devices attached  
emulator-5554 device

So my emulator is running on the default port of 5554.

  • Secondly, if you’re a Windows 7 / Vista user, you probably won’t have telnet enabled by default, so switch that on by going into Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off.

Now, lets actually send in an SMS. From the command window, type :

telnet localhost 5554

sms send 07841123123 Hello this is a sample message

Then have a look at your emulator, you should see the SMS come through.

Stick around, I’ll post up some more SMS related tips in the coming weeks!