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Install Channel: SMS

Let's get started with the Programmable Conversations API by learning how to install a channel. In this quickstart, you'll learn how to set up SMS.

First things first, make sure you've signed up for a free MessageBird account and collected your API key from the Developer Dashboard.

Step 1: Go to the channels directory in your Dashboard

Go to 'Channels' in the sidebar of your MessageBird Dashboard. Then click on

Add channel
under SMS.

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Step 2: Give your channel a name

Name your channel, make sure it's easily recognisable for yourself and your team. Don't worry, this will only be used internally.

Install Channel

Step 3: Buy a number

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

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

Step 4: Collect your channel ID

Voilà! SMS as a 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 VMNs, rename or delete your channel, you can do so by first selecting the channel. You’ll then arrive on this page:

Install Channel

Nice work! 🎉 You've successfully installed SMS as a channel for the MessageBird Programmable Conversations API.

Next steps

You may now want to check out these resources:

Questions?

We’re always happy to help with code or other questions you might have! Check out our API Reference, Developer tutorials or contact support.

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