SMS Gateway – Use Your Android Phone as SMS/MMS Gateway (SaaS)

SMS Gateway – Use Your Android Phone as SMS/MMS Gateway (SaaS)

An SMS gateway is a platform that allows you to send and receive SMS and MMS messages through a computer or other device. It acts as a bridge between your computer and your mobile network operator, enabling you to send and receive messages without having to use your phone. SMS gateways can be used for a variety of purposes, including customer support, marketing, and team communication.

Why Use Your Android Phone as an SMS/MMS Gateway?

Using your Android phone as an SMS/MMS gateway has several advantages over traditional SMS gateway solutions:

  • Cost: Traditional SMS gateway solutions can be expensive, with monthly fees and per-message charges. Using your Android phone as an SMS gateway is typically free or low-cost, depending on your mobile plan.
  • Convenience: You don’t need to purchase any additional hardware or software to set up your Android phone as an SMS gateway. All you need is your phone and a computer with an internet connection.
  • Customization: You can customize your SMS gateway to fit your specific needs. For example, you can create automated responses to common customer inquiries, or set up alerts for important messages. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can set up your own SMS gateway in no time. With the ability to customize your messages and create automated responses, your Android phone can become a powerful tool for communication and customer engagement. So why not give it a try?

Setting Up Your Android Phone as an SMS/MMS Gateway

Before you can use your Android phone as an SMS gateway, you need to install an SMS gateway app. There are several apps available on the Google Play Store that can turn your phone into an SMS gateway, including SMS Gateway API and SMS Gateway.

Once you have installed the app, you need to configure it to work with your mobile network operator. This typically involves entering your mobile number and other settings, such as the SMS center number and the type of message you want to send (SMS or MMS).

After you have configured the app, you need to connect it to your computer or other device. You can do this using a USB cable or by connecting your phone to your computer over Wi-Fi.

Using Your Android Phone as an SMS/MMS Gateway (SaaS)

Now that you have set up your Android phone as an SMS/MMS gateway, you can start using it as a SaaS platform to communicate with your customers or team members. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your SMS gateway:

  • Create automated responses: You can use your SMS gateway to create automated responses to common customer inquiries. For example, you can set up an auto-response that sends a confirmation message when a customer places an order on your website.
  • Send alerts: You can set up your SMS gateway to send alerts when important events occur. For example, you can set up an alert that sends a message to your team when a new customer signs up for your service.
  • Schedule messages: You can use your SMS gateway to schedule messages to be sent at a later time. For example, you can schedule a reminder message to be sent to a customer the day before their appointment.
  • Group messaging: You can use your SMS gateway to send group messages to multiple recipients at once. This is a great way to communicate with your team or to send marketing messages to a group of customers.


Using your Android phone as an SMS/MMS gateway is a cost-effective and convenient way to communicate with your customers or team members.



  • Send bulk messages :- Use CSV or Excel file containing numbers to send bulk messages.
  • Send bulk MMS :- It supports sending MMS too. You can send normal text messages as MMS or you can also attach image files with your messages. It also provides an API, so you can send MMS messages programmatically. This feature relies on MMS availability in your country and support from your network operator. The receiver must be capable of receiving MMS to receive it. If you can send MMS normally, then it should work. This feature should not be confused with RCS or any other messaging capabilities provided by the device manufacturer (e.g. Samsung message, Mi message etc.). It is a good idea to try out the demo from here to check MMS compatibility.
  • Supports sending USSD requests :- It also supports sending USSD requests. You will be able to send it using web panel or API. All the responses resulted from USSD requests will be visible in web panel. You can read responses using the API, or you can also subscribe to webhook to read it as soon as they arrive. This feature requires a device with Android 8.0 or above.
  • SaaS Ready :- You can sell it as a service with regular license. You can add plans with messages limit, contacts limit and devices limit. It provides PayPal integration, which allows you to process credit cards and debit cards. You can also accept offline payments (Cash, Cheque etc.) and start the subscription manually. The manual subscription will renew itself at a defined interval until you cancel it, or it reaches the expiry time.
  • Resource friendly and Scalable :- Unlike most app like this that uses long polling to send the messages, SMS Gateway uses the Firebase Push Notification. This allows it to work without overloading the server with requests even if you have millions of connected devices. It also saves your devices battery life by only contacting the server when there are new messages to send.
  • Complete White-Label Solution :- You can completely white-label an Android app by changing its logo, name and server URL using our build server. You will be able to create up to 3 custom APKs for each new version.
  • Works in background :- You don’t need to keep the Android app open on the device for it to work. This makes it easier to use it with your regular device. You won’t need a dedicated device for it.
  • API :- Send SMS from your application developed using any programming language.
  • Supports very long messages :- Send SMS with virtually no limit. You won’t be bound by SMS character limit (160 Characters).
  • Supports delay between messages :- You can set delay between each message to send limited amount of messages in specific time interval.
  • Supports traditional and QR Code sign in :- You can log in into the mobile app using the QR code or by entering your credentials manually. There is no need to enter server URL and credentials manually in the app when you use the QR code.
  • Tracks message status :- Shows status of messages sent using SMS Gateway in Admin Panel.
  • Auto responder :- You can add responses for certain messages so whenever you receive that message app will reply it automatically.
  • Multi language support :- It supports multiple languages and comes with English and German. You will be able to add more languages easily by following instructions in the docs.
  • Supports SMS delivery reports :- It also supports tracking of delivery of SMS messages when you turn on delivery reports. It will report the message as ‘Delivered’ when the message is successfully delivered.
  • Receive SMS messages in Admin Panel :- Ability to receive SMS messages in the Admin Panel and respond to them using a WebHook. You can also activate the ability to receive SMS messages directly in your email.
  • Use multiple devices to send faster :- Ability to sign in using multiple Android devices to split messages between them when sending bulk messages.
  • Share devices :- Admin can share devices to multiple users, so they can use it for sending.
  • Blacklist :- Each user account have their own blacklist. Users can add numbers to blacklist to avoid sending messages to those numbers. Subscriber can also reply with “STOP” to add their number in user’s blacklist.
  • Create users :- Ability to create other users to let them use SMS Gateway from their mobile phones.
  • Limit users :- Control how many devices your users can register, how many messages they can send, how many contacts they can store and when their account will expire.
  • Schedule messages :- Send messages on schedule.
  • Supports Dual SIM devices :- Send messages using any SIM programmatically or using Excel file.
  • Contact lists :- Create contact lists and import contacts into them using Excel file.
  • Send message to contact list :- Send message to contacts in a contacts list.
  • Unsubscribe contacts :- Ability to allow a contact to unsubscribe from the contacts list.
  • Contacts API :- Add contacts or unsubscribe them from the list using the API.

If you want to try it out, then register here. Follow the instruction you’ll receive in the email to get started.

To integrate into your application, follow the guides on the API page after logging in to the Admin Panel.

How it works!


You will receive Admin panel when you purchase SMS Gateway. Install it on your web hosting. It comes with an installation script, so it should be easy.


You need to download Android App from here. After installing it you can log in to it using your Admin panel URL and it’s credentials.


Now when you send messages using API or Excel file it will be first stored on your server with the ‘Pending’ status.


After your server gets the messages, it sends the notification to SMS Gateway app on your mobile. When the app gets the notification, it queues the messages for sending and set their status as ‘Queued’.


After each message is sent they get the status ‘Sent’ if it was sent successfully, otherwise it will get ‘Failed’ status. SMS Gateway also checks for delivery of messages. If you turned on delivery reports in the app and your mobile network is unable to deliver the message, it will be marked as ‘Failed’ otherwise it will be marked as ‘Delivered’ status.

Server Requirements

  • Apache or Nginx
  • PHP 7.4 or above
  • MySQL

PHP Extensions

  • php_curl
  • php_zip
  • php_xml
  • php_json
  • php_mbstring
  • php_gd2 (if not compiled in)

It is recommended to use VPS Hosting for SMS Gateway, but it should work perfectly fine on Shared Hosting too. If you decide to go with Shared Hosting make sure your host allows hosting of SMS Gateway application. Some hosts like HostGator and iPage don’t allow it, so it is more likely that they will block the app.

Android Device Requirements

  • Android 5.0 or above.
  • Device with 2 GB or more RAM. It works on lower spec devices, but you may experience degraded performance.
  • A device with Google Play Services. If your device has Google Play Store then it means it does have Google Play Services.


There was a policy change from Google for all apps requiring SMS related permissions, as you can see here. After March 9, 2019, this app won’t be available through Play Store. You will get all future updates notifications from CodeCanyon. You will need to install the APK file on your device to use the app. The app will function normally, and its functionality won’t be affected from this move by Google.

Change log

Latest version: 9.2 → View change log

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