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.
Go to 'Channels' in the sidebar of your MessageBird Dashboard. Then click on Add channel under SMS.
Name your channel, make sure it's easily recognisable for yourself and your team. Don't worry, this will only be used internally.
Here you can purchase your first MessageBird Virtual Mobile Number (VMN):
And that's it! You now have a MessageBird VMN.
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.
If you need to buy additional VMNs, edit, rename or delete your channel, simply select the channel and save the changes afterwards.
Nice work! 🎉 You've successfully installed SMS as a channel for the MessageBird Programmable Conversations API.