Have you ever wanted to programmatically send an SMS? Who cares, this technology is no longer important. But if yous till need to do so here’s how you can do this with Ionic Framework and Cordova.

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Make sure you have these requirements:
  • Android Environment (or iOS if your working on a MacOS)
  • nodeJS
  • Ionic
  • Cordova
If you don’t have a previous Ionic Framework experience you can find more information here: Ionic Framework | Installation Guide.

1. Update Ionic & Cordova

The latest nodeJs version is a top priority, you can’t download/update proper Ionic Framework version without it.
After nodeJS, update Ionic, and Cordova, older versions may not work with this tutorial:
npm update -g cordova ionic

2. Create a New Project

ionic start IonicSendSMSDemo blank
cd IonicSendSMSDemo
Warning: Since some of you never worked with Ionic CLI. From this point and further, every time I tell you to execute something, do that inside a project folder.
Android platform is required for this example:
ionic platform add android
MacOS users can also add iOS platform:
ionic platform add ios

3. Download ngCordova archive

ngCordova is a collection of 63+ AngularJS extensions on top of the Cordova API that make it easy to build, test, and deploy Cordova mobile apps with AngularJS. While we can make this work without ngCordova, it’s much more practical this way. This collection also holds many Ionic Framework compatible plugins.
Download ngCordova zip file, here’s site link:
Official Site Docs Download Link
Unzip this archive, find a file name called: ng-cordova.min.js, it should be available at this location: ng-cordova-master\dist\.
Open your newly created project directory and copy ng-cordova.min.js to this location: IonicSendSMSDemo\www\js.
Now include this location to index.html located at IonicSendSMSDemo\www; add it above cordova.js file, like this:
<!-- cordova script (this will be a 404 during development) -->
<script src="js/ng-cordova.min.js"></script>
<script src="cordova.js"></script>

4. Install Cordova SMS plugin

Next line will import and install necessary plugins into newly created project:
cordova plugin add https://github.com/cordova-sms/cordova-sms-plugin.git
cordova plugin add cordova-plugin-whitelist
If you’re using Cordova 5.0.0 you will already have preinstalled Whitelist plugin.
We also need Cordova File plugin so we can access device file system.
GitHub - SMS GitHub - Whitelist


At this point, you should have everything set up and ready, we can start working on our example.
Go to IonicSendSMSDemo project directory and find app.js, alter angular.module line and include ngCordova service, like this:
var app = angular.module('starter', ['ionic', 'ngCordova'])
Open index.html file, add a controller to ion-content directive:
      <ion-header-bar class="bar-stable">
        <h1 class="title">SMS Example</h1>
      <ion-content ng-controller="SMSController">
Initialize this controller in app.js file; don’t forget to inject $cordovaSms service, like this:
app.controller('SMSController', function($scope, $cordovaSms) {

Now we need to initialize Whitelist plugin; add this meta tag to index.html HEAD content:
<meta http-equiv="Content-Security-Policy" content="default-src *; script-src 'self' 'unsafe-inline' 'unsafe-eval' *; style-src  'self' 'unsafe-inline' *">
We will use next function to send an SMS, don’t forget to wrap it into Cordova deviceready event (or Ionic ready depending on your project):
  document.addEventListener("deviceready", function() {

    var options = {
      replaceLineBreaks: false, // true to replace \n by a new line, false by default
      android: {
        intent: '' // send SMS with the native android SMS messaging
          //intent: '' // send SMS without open any other app
          //intent: 'INTENT' // send SMS inside a default SMS app

    $scope.sendSMS = function() {

        .send('0959052082', 'This is some dummy text', options)
        .then(function() {
          // Success! SMS was sent
        }, function(error) {
          // An error occurred
options object is important here. The first parameter (replaceLineBreaks) is boolean which defines should message use a “\n” or not, false is a default one. The second parameter defines if our application should send SMS directly or via default SMS application. If default application is selected then you will need to manually press Send button. Both parameters are described in example comments.
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