Set Up Your First Channel

In this Programmable Conversations API Quickstart, you'll learn how to get started with Programmable Conversations by installing your first channel - SMS.

First things first, make sure you've signed up to MessageBird and collected your API key. If not, head to the first Conversation API Essential Quickstart.

Step 1: Go to the channels directory in your Dashboard

As we're setting up SMS as your first channel, go ahead and select

Add Channel
under SMS.

Install Channel

Step 2: Give your channel a name

Install Channel

Step 3: Buy a number

Here you can purchase your first MessageBird Virtual Mobile Number (VMN).

This is how it works:

  1. Pick the country in which you and your customers are located, and make sure the correct capabilities for your use case are selected.
  2. Choose one or more numbers from the selection and the duration for which you want to pay now.
  3. Confirm by clicking ‘Buy Number’
Install Channel

And that's it! You now have a MessageBird VMN.

Step 4: Collect your Channel ID

Voilà! Your first channel is now installed. Here you can collect your Channel ID, which you need to start building with the Programmable Conversations API.

Install Channel

Step 5: Manage your Channel

If you need to buy additional VMN's, rename or delete your channel, you can do so by first selecting the channel and you'll arrive on this page.

Install Channel

Congrats! You've successfully installed your first channel for the MessageBird Programmable Conversations API.

Next Steps

You may now want to check out these resources:


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