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Flex Conversations requires Flex UI 2.0. If you are on Flex UI 1.x, please refer to Chat and Messaging pages.
This guide requires Flex UI 2.0. If you are on Flex UI 1.x, refer to Handle an SMS contact with Legacy-based Messaging.
Flex uses Addresses to describe how new Conversations should be handled and connected to Flex. Conversations Addresses inform the Conversation Service to auto-create a new Conversation for messages that do not belong to an existing Conversation. Once a Conversation is created, all new messages from the same source to the same destination will be routed to the newly created Conversation.
The simplest (and the default) way to route incoming SMS messages for a Phone Number into Flex is to:
- Buy a Phone Number
- Create a Conversations Address for the Phone Number
- Set the Flex integration on the Address to use the Studio Flow you created earlier
Follow these steps to set up a new SMS Address with the aforementioned configuration via the Flex Console.
If you haven't purchased an SMS-enabled Phone Number yet, or would like to configure a new one, navigate to Phone Numbers > Manage > Buy a number.
Under Phone Numbers > Manage > Active numbers, find the number you wish to configure and open it.
For correct operation, make sure your Phone Number Messaging is configured as follows (this should also be the default state):
- Make sure no Messaging Service is selected in the dropdown. If there is one configured, remove it. (For advanced configuration with Messaging Service refer here.)
- Make sure the “A message comes in” webhook handler is set to blank (“”). The default handler will respond with a default message for every inbound SMS which is not desired.
Phone Number configuration for Flex Conversations
If you specify a webhook handler for “A message comes in”, it will be executed in parallel to executing the auto-creation functionality defined in the Conversation address. This is most probably undesired for production accounts. Unless you have an advanced use case and know what you’re doing, it is recommended to leave the webhook handler blank.
To create an Address for your new Phone Number:
- Navigate to Flex Console > Manage > Messaging. Select the SMS Numbers tab. (Alternatively you can click “+ Create new SMS Address” on the Addresses tab, and search for your Phone Number on the Create Address form).
- Search for or click "+ Create new SMS Address" in the Status field of your unregistered Phone Number. Previously configured Phone Numbers will have an "Address created" indicator.
- You can optionally enter a friendly name.
- Configure the integration to Flex – either by using Studio Flow you created earlier or your own endpoint URL for the webhook.
- Click Submit to save your new Flex SMS Address.
You can create, edit or delete Flex SMS Addresses at any point using the Console.
You are now ready to try your SMS channel:
- Go to Flex > Overview and click Launch Flex
- Log in and change your activity to Active
- From your mobile phone, send an SMS to the number you just configured
- The Flex UI will display a new task which you can accept to view the inbound message
Under the hood, Flex uses Conversations to send the messages back and forth between the end-customer and the agent. If a Conversations Address is created for a Phone Number (with autocreation set to true), that Address’s configuration will be used to handle new inbound messages to that Phone Number.
The Phone Number’s "A message comes in" handler is not used when this Phone Number has a Conversations Address where
autocreation is set to