NowSMS Modem Android App – Installation Options

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Support Blog

NowSMS Modem Android App – Installation Options

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This document provides an overview of installation options for the NowSMS Modem App for Android. The NowSMS Modem App allows an Android phone to be used by a NowSMS server as a type of GSM modem.  This allows NowSMS to send and receive SMS and MMS messages through one or more Android phones.

Detailed Quick Start Guides are available here.

Installation Options

The NowSMS Modem App can be downloaded and installed via the Google Play Store, which is the normal way of downloading Android apps. This procedure is described in the section Installation via Google Play Store.

Alternatively, advanced users may prefer bypassing the Google Play Store. In this case, the security settings on the Android Device must be configured to allow applications from unknown sources, so that the application can be downloaded from the NowSMS website. This procedure is described in the section Installation via NowSMS Website.

Installation via Google Play Store

Step 1: On the Android phone, open Chrome, or the preferred web browser, and open https://www.nowsms.com/app

This will open the NowSMS Modem app in the Google Play Store, where it is available to Install as a free app.

Step 2: Complete the installation of the NowSMS Modem App by selecting to Accept (or Allow) the requested privileges.

Step 3: Select the option to Open the App after it is installed.

Step 4: Refer to the Quick Start Guide for the NowSMS product edition that you are using for information about configuring the link between the app and your NowSMS server.

Installation via NowSMS Website

Step 1: If you are bypassing the Google Play Store, it is necessary to configure the Android Device must be configured to allow applications from unknown sources. This allows the application to be downloaded directly from the NowSMS web site.

Go into Settings on the phone, look for Unknown Sources under Security Settings.

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Android will display a caution message about the security implications of installing applications that have not been verified by Google. This setting must be accepted to enable the setting.

We recommend that the Android phone running the NowSMS Modem software should be dedicated to that task and not be used for other applications, to minimize the risk of enabling this setting. This setting may be disabled after the NowSMS Modem application is installed.

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Step 2:

Open the web browser or Chrome and go to the download page on the NowSMS website:  https://www.nowsms.com/download

Scroll down to locate and select the Alternative Download link for the NowSMS Modem App

Some versions of Android will warn that this type of file may be harmful and require you to select OK before downloading the application.

The NowSMS Modem App is contained in a file named NowSMSModem.apk.

Most recent versions of Android will display a link to open this file.

If the open link does not work, or no option to open the app is displayed, the easiest way to locate the download is to swipe down from the top of the screen where it will be shown in system notifications. Press on the notification to begin the install.

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If the download does not appear as a notification, go to Applications and use the Downloads app to locate NowSMSModem.apk.

Step 3: Complete the installation of NowSMSModem.apk by allowing the requested privileges.

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It may be necessary to press Next or scroll down before the Install option is presented.

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Open the App after it is installed.

Step 4: Refer to the Quick Start Guide for the NowSMS product edition that you are using for information about configuring the link between the app and your NowSMS server.

 

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