Subscribe to Friends’ Facebook Status Updates via SMS

Common questions about Facebook’s new “subscribe via SMS” feature. Scroll down to see all the answers or click on a specific question:

What is “subscribe via SMS” on Facebook?

“Subscribe via SMS” is the ability to recieve a friend’s status notifications on your mobile phone through text messages.

How can I “subscribe via SMS”?

Go to the profile page of the person whose status updates you’d like to receive by text message on your mobile phone. Under their profile picture, you will see a list of options. “Subscribe via SMS” should be one of the options. Click on “subscribe via SMS”. It’s that easy!

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How do I add “subscribe via SMS” to my Facebook account?

From what I can tell there is no way to add the “subscribe via SMS” to one’s profile. This option is “turned on” by Facebook and should simply appear. Note that you will not see this option if you’re looking at your own profile. I would recommend asking a friend to log-in and go to your profile in order to see if the “Subscribe via SMS” option is present.

Why can’t don’t I see “subscribe via SMS” on a friend’s Facebook account?

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but mostly your friend has restricted your access (or perhaps everyone’s access) to their status updates.

Can I change my settings so that Facebook friends can’t “subscribe via SMS” to my updates?

At this point, anyone who is able to see your status updates can choose to subscribe to them. To change who sees your Facebook status updates, go to Facebook’s Profile Privacy page and change the “Status and Links” settings accordingly.

Can someone tell whether I’ve “subscribed via SMS” to someone’s updates?

Currently, there is no way for someone to check whether you have subscribed to their status messages.

Can I tell who has “subscribed via SMS” to my status updates?

Currently, there is no way for you to see who has subscribed to your status messages.

When I reply to a status by SMS, why does it go to that person’s inbox? Is there a way to change it?

Yes, the current functionality of replying by SMS means that the person will get your reply in their Facebook inbox. There is no way to change this setting at the present time.

What is the cost of subscribing to receive a Facebook friend’s statuses by SMS?

There is not additional cost to receive status updates by phone… You will be charged the same as receiving a regular SMS. (This is dictated by your wireless plan provider.)

Is there a way to subscribe to all my friends’ status updates?

At this time, I do not believe that there is a way to subscribe to all your friends at once — and with good reason. I would expect that this could be dangerous depending on the number of Facebook connections one has.

I have other questions about “subscribe via SMS” that you haven’t answered. Where can I learn more?

Simply leave your question in the form of a comment below and I will do my best to help you.

  • http://WebsiteURL benzo

    can you make it so people can’t subscribe to you?

    • Julie Minevich

      Ben,

      At this point, anyone who is able to see your status updates can choose to subscribe to them. To change who sees your Facebook status updates, go to Facebook’s Profile Privacy page and change the “Status and Links” settings accordingly.

      Hope this helps!

      – Julie

  • http://WebsiteURL nona dennis

    Why isn’t t-mobile on there??? I use t-mobile so that means I can not use sms???
    Thanks and have a great day
    Nona

  • http://yahoo diane groff

    Dear, facebook, i don’t why but half of my friends have sms via on there profile page , so there for i can not see what they are posting..i use to see them but i can not now , i have gone to there page and see if i can ad myself, and for some reason, u do not carry t-moble, yet my boyfriend has t- moble and he has sms via, can u please tell me how he can get it and i can not…
    thank you
    Diane Groff

  • http://WebsiteURL Chris

    So if a friend has not restricted their status updates and links then you can subscribe to them via SMS? I take it that if they restrict those things then the subsciption option would not be available to those that they blocked updates from?

  • http://WebsiteURL king

    If one of my friends subscribed to my facebook statuses via sms, will they still get texts of my statuses after I remove them from my facebook friends?

  • http://WebsiteURL ThirtyWhat

    Once I subscribe to someone’s status updates by SMS, is there a way to unsubscribe if I don’t want to receive them anymore but STILL want to be friends?

  • http://www.chgeorge.gr George

    I live in Greece. When a friend of mine changes his status (in Greek), I receive an sms like “?????? ?????? ?? ????????? ???? ?????”. Meaning, there is a problem with the encoding (non latin letters)? I asked Facebook about this and they told me that is a problem concerning my mobile provider. I asked my provider and they told me that it’s Facebook problem (which I believe it is). So, is there a solution about this?

    • Anonymous

      the language or characters not supported on your phone.

  • http://WebsiteURL John

    I subscribed to SMS to get one friend’s updates, last Friday. I haven’t received ANY of her updates since. Does this mean I’ve been blocked from receiving her news updates?

  • http://WebsiteURL John

    Tonight I saw that some of my friend’s most personal writings had been posted on her facebook page, under “Web Results.” Did she voluntarily do this, or did Facebook just post these on their own?

  • Bernadette Rawles

    how can i tell whose statuses i have subscribed to? i found that i must have accidentally hit the subscribe button on one friend’s page and i want to be sure that i havent subscribed to anyone else.

  • Allissa

    Is there still no way to see who’s subscribed to my status Via SMS? Are there external apps for this now?

  • http://twitter.com/ansiblemobile/statuses/3817288677 ansiblemobile (Ansible Mobile)

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  • Syed Farrukh Hussain

    i dont have “subsribe via sms” option in my profile page…
    tell me what would be its reason???? 🙁

    • Guest

      Me either….I have recently been subscribed to someone’s status updates but I don’t know how I actually done it. I want to unsubscribe because all of their updates irk me. 

  • Nill

    How do I find out who everyone you have subscribed to?

    • http://www.julieminevich.com Julie

      Once you've signed into Facebook, if you navigate to http://www.facebook.com/friends/?filter=ms, you will see a list of people to whom you have subscribed.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MOY3NARVUUURUPSHS7IYMSAWHE Colleen

        Does this still work? I do not see a listing of SMS subscriptions.

    • Mee

      go to “account” -> “edit friends” -> look under “lists” -> “sms messaging”

  • debt01

    I cannot find a way to add “Subscribe via SMS” to my profile and I read your response stating that this feature has to be turned on via Facebook. I am having a difficult time searching through Facebook's numerous questions through their “Help” center and cannot find a way to contact someone who actually works (if you will) for Facebook. Any suggestions? Is there a way to contact Facebook directly? It seems that a lot of my friends have this feature and I would llike to have this feature as well!!! Thanks!!!

    • http://www.julieminevich.com Julie

      The “Subscribe Via SMS” option will not be shown to you when you are looking at your own profile. However, others will be able to see it when they are on your profile and, similarly, you will be able to see the “Subscribe via SMS” option on others' profiles.

  • debt01

    I cannot find a way to add “Subscribe via SMS” to my profile and I read your response stating that this feature has to be turned on via Facebook. I am having a difficult time searching through Facebook's numerous questions through their “Help” center and cannot find a way to contact someone who actually works (if you will) for Facebook. Any suggestions? Is there a way to contact Facebook directly? It seems that a lot of my friends have this feature and I would llike to have this feature as well!!! Thanks!!!

  • maisue

    even though you don't subscribe your friends via sms…how come your still getting there status updates? is there a way that even though your friends don't subscribe you that they can still receive text messages of your status updates?

  • Cindy

    Why would I stop receiving SMS status updates for a friend on Facebook when they are still in my SMS list and their wall shows “unsubscribe” which would mean you are subscribed?

    • Goldenarmz976

      my guess would be that they filtered you out of their status updates. This would leave your sms status unchanged, but they specifically tell their status to not go to you…

  • sonja frazier

    How do i in jus one click subcribe to via sms for all my friends on facebook?

    • http://www.julieminevich.com Julie

      This is currently not possible.

  • ejay

    can you subscribe to everyone on facebook via sms like all at once. or do i have to subscribe one by one

    • http://www.julieminevich.com Julie

      You would have to subscribe to each person individually.

  • http://stylemaniac.blogspot.com/ style maniac

    Thank you! I was going crazy trying to figure out the “SMS” thing until I read your post.

    • http://www.julieminevich.com Julie

      Glad I could help! 🙂

  • lilbit

    how can you find out who subscribe's to your own facebook page??? lik i want to know if my ex is trying to check up on me.

    • http://www.julieminevich.com Julie

      There's no way to know who has subscribed to receive your status updates…

  • kris

    Is there a way to subscribe to when my friends comment on their own status or picture?
    For example I comment on their status is there a way for me to recieve a text that they have replied?

  • Billy

    I want to receive replies from status update after I have reply, is there a way? When facebook messaging to mobile, I can receive what friends wrote and I can reply and we can have a conversation that way. I want to do the same with facebook statuses so I can reply to friends or other people that are commenting on it instead of just sending one text to the update and not knowing what the reply I got.

  • Bjr3

    I want to add someone to a specific list, but it keeps going to a SMS link on the left side of my page under lists. How do I ge rid of that list?

  • DK

    I can't see my 'subscribe' option on my profile even though i look at it through my friend's.. what am i supposed to do? All my friend have that option but not mine.. I'm freaking out!!!!! please help…

    • http://www.julieminevich.com Julie

      You won't be able to see the “Subscribe to SMS” link on your own profile, but others should see it.

  • Joeyherrera98

    does it cost money to suscribe to someones status

    • http://www.julieminevich.com Julie

      It costs the same as receiving an SMS.

  • Noelrosa1982

    my friends status show on my phone via sms but i cant reply by text

  • Loreley_irigoyen

    why are my replies going to messages and not on the comment wall?

  • Dreddy

    Does it cost to convert to sms

    • http://www.julieminevich.com Julie

      There is not additional cost to receive status updates by phone… You will be charged the same as receiving a regular SMS.

  • Heyisthisreal

    I have a problem..
    When I recieve my subscibed friends' status updates, it says “reply to comment, or 'like' to like. I thought i had been sending status comments and likes as well but it turns out almost everything i reply to status update texts turns out to be to be sent to the person as a message. How can i comment status' and like them as well when i get an sms that someone updated?

  • Morgan

    Every time I try to like a status or something other, or comment it, it sends them a text message. Halp?

  • Morgan

    Er, it sends them a regular message.

  • Uday_tinku

    Can i do something To subscribe all my Friends at Once? 😀

    • http://www.julieminevich.com Julie

      At this time, I do not believe that there is a way to subscribe to all your friends at once — and with good reason. I would expect that this could be dangerous depending on the number of Facebook connections one has.

  • Tailor_groovy

    when they send me messages saying so and so has sent you a message on facebook, if you reply to them viar text does it cost?
    for example when you reply ‘n’

  • zarank963

    If someone is subscribed to your statuses, and you delete them as a friend and block them from facebook, will they still receive your status updates?

  • Abeebe

    On my profile, I can’t see my list of SMS Subscribed friends. Do you know where to find that?

  • Carlizzle06

    i cant subscribe to anybody – its just not an option anywhere?

  • Esther

    How do I subscribe people to my Facebook SMS Subscription ?
    I have a lot of friends and I don’t want to do to each profile
    my friend did it a long time ago by going to his/her friends list and making a list called like SMS Subscription or something. does that still work ?

  • lia4hand

    How come when I visit my facebook page, I see squares at the beginning of my text message replies?

  • Brandy

    okay so i have facebook right? and i subscribed my friends, their statuses go to my phone & i reply. but when they reply, it doesn’t send to my phone. how do i change that, to make it able to come to my phone with any replies to the status?

  • Bsminvestigatork2

    I use to be able to view a list of friends, and click one by one who I want to get text updates from. Now that list is gone, and I have to do it one by one on their pages. why did this change?

  • N Wenrich

    how do i unsubscirbe someone ?!!

  • Sissybradford

    MY PHONE WAS SET TO SUBSCRIBE VIA SMS AND I HAD TO REDO MY FACEBOOK NOW IT SAYSTHE FACEBOOK ACCOUNT ASSOSIATED WITH THIS PHONE IS NO LONGER ACTIVATED GO TO FACEBOOK.COM TO ACTIVATE

  • dhowell

    How do you subscribe or unsubscribe via sms on the new 2010 layout? Can’t find links anywhere.

    • http://twitter.com/AndyCool22 Andy Dale

      i want to know too. andycool22 at gmail dot com facebook dot com slash andycool22

  • Devan_loves_rap

    how do i unsubscribe someone’s facebook status with the new profiles on facebook?

    • CEllison0406

      Go to your account settings, Click on Mobile, It will have a “Whose status updates should go to my phone?” and under it it will let you add od delete Subcriptions.

  • Tx_queen64

    with the new changes to facebook(GRRRRRRRR) I no longer see the sms option and I would like to remove some of my sms contacts(persons I am following vis sms)

    • CEllison0406

      Go to your account settings, Click on Mobile, It will have a “Whose status updates should go to my phone?” and under it it will let you add od delete Subcriptions.

  • Mariaerin94

    if you block someone who has you subscribed do they stop receiving texts with your information

  • Paul

    I have noticed that all of my friends who have gone to the new Facebook format, without exception, appear to have “Subscribe via SMS” unavailable. Is it turned off by default in the new format, or is that feature just being phased out? Facebook “help” seems to have no answers for this.

    • CEllison0406

      Go to your account settings, Click on Mobile, It will have a “Whose status updates should go to my phone?” and under it it will let you add od delete Subcriptions.

  • ChoBear777

    I am trying to figure out how to unsubscribe to someones status updates but with the new layout I can’t find subscribe or unsubscribe or anything about it for that matter…Please help!

    • CEllison0406

      Go to your account settings, Click on Mobile, It will have a “Whose status updates should go to my phone?” and under it it will let you add od delete Subcriptions.