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A Flutter plugin to use telephony features such as fetch network info, start phone calls, send and receive SMS, and listen for incoming SMS.

Telephony #

❗ This plugin currently only works on Android Platform

A Flutter plugin to use telephony features such as

  • Send SMS Messages
  • Query SMS Messages
  • Listen for incoming SMS
  • Retrieve various network parameters
  • Start phone calls

This plugin tries to replicate some of the functionality provided by Android's Telephony class.

Check the Features section to see the list of implemented and missing features.

Get Started #

💡 View the entire documentation here. #

Usage #

To use this plugin add telephony as a dependency in your pubspec.yaml file.

Setup #

Import the telephony package

import 'package:telephony/telephony.dart';

Retrieve the singleton instance of telephony by calling

final Telephony telephony = Telephony.instance;

Permissions #

Although this plugin will check and ask for permissions at runtime, it is advisable to manually ask for permissions before calling any other functions.

The plugin will only request those permission that are listed in the AndroidManifest.xml.

Manually request permission using

bool permissionsGranted = await telephony.requestPhoneAndSmsPermissions;

You can also request SMS or Phone permissions separately using requestSmsPermissions or requestPhonePermissions respectively.

Send SMS #

❗ Requires SEND_SMS permission. Add the following permission in your AndroidManifest.xml

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.SEND_SMS"/>

SMS can either be sent directly or via the default SMS app.

Send SMS directly from your app:

	to: "1234567890",
	message: "May the force be with you!"

If you want to listen to the status of the message being sent, provide SmsSendStatusListener to the sendSms function.

final SmsSendStatusListener listener = (SendStatus status) {
	// Handle the status
	to: "1234567890",
	message: "May the force be with you!",
	statusListener: listener

If the body of the message is longer than the standard SMS length limit of 160 characters, you can send a multipart SMS by setting the isMultipart flag.

Send SMS via the default SMS app:

telephony.sendSmsByDefaultApp(to: "1234567890", message: "May the force be with you!");

Query SMS #

❗ Requires READ_SMS permission. Add the following permission in your AndroidManifest.xml

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_SMS"/>

Use one of getInboxSms(), getSentSms() or getDraftSms() functions to query the messages on device.

You can provide the list of SmsColumns that need to be returned by the query.

If not explicitly specified, defaults to [ SmsColumn.ID, SmsColumn.ADDRESS, SmsColumn.BODY, SmsColumn.DATE ]

Provide a SmsFilter to filter the results of the query. Functions like a SQL WHERE clause.

Provide a list of OrderBy objects to sort the results. The level of importance is determined by the position of OrderBy in the list.

All paramaters are optional.

List<SmsMessage> messages = await telephony.getInboxSms(
		columns: [SmsColumn.ADDRESS, SmsColumn.BODY],
		filter: SmsFilter.where(SmsColumn.ADDRESS)
		sortOrder: [OrderBy(SmsColumn.ADDRESS, sort: Sort.ASC),

Query Conversations #

❗ Requires READ_SMS permission. Add the following permission in your AndroidManifest.xml

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_SMS"/>

Works similar to SMS queries.

All columns are returned with every query. They are [ ConversationColumn.SNIPPET, ConversationColumn.THREAD_ID, ConversationColumn.MSG_COUNT ]

Uses ConversationFilter instead of SmsFilter.

List<SmsConversation> messages = await telephony.getConversations(
		filter: ConversationFilter.where(ConversationColumn.MSG_COUNT)
		sortOrder: [OrderBy(ConversationColumn.THREAD_ID, sort: Sort.ASC)]

Listen to incoming SMS #

❗ Requires RECEIVE_SMS permission.

  1. To listen to incoming SMS add the RECEIVE_SMS permission to your AndroidManifest.xml file and register the BroadcastReceiver.
	<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.RECEIVE_SMS"/>


		<receiver android:name="com.shounakmulay.telephony.sms.IncomingSmsReceiver"
		    android:permission="android.permission.BROADCAST_SMS" android:exported="true">
			<action android:name="android.provider.Telephony.SMS_RECEIVED"/>

  1. Create a top-level static function to handle incoming messages when app is not is foreground.

    ⚠️ Avoid heavy computations in the background handler as Android system may kill long running operations in the background.

backgrounMessageHandler(SmsMessage message) async {
	//Handle background message	

void main() {
  1. Call listenIncomingSms with a foreground MessageHandler and pass in the static backgrounMessageHandler.
		onNewMessage: (SmsMessage message) {
			// Handle message
		onBackgroundMessage: backgroundMessageHandler

Preferably should be called early in app lifecycle.

  1. If you do not wish to receive incoming SMS when the app is in background, just do not pass the onBackgroundMessage paramater.

    Alternatively if you prefer to expecility disable background execution, set the listenInBackground flag to false.

		onNewMessage: (SmsMessage message) {
			// Handle message
		listenInBackground: false
  1. As of the 1.12 release of Flutter, plugins are automatically registered. This will allow you to use plugins as you normally do even in the background execution context.
backgrounMessageHandler(SmsMessage message) async {
		// Handle background message
		// Use plugins
		Vibration.vibrate(duration: 500);

Network data and metrics #

Fetch various metrics such as network type, sim state, etc.

// Check if a device is capable of sending SMS
bool canSendSms = await telephony.isSmsCapable;

// Get sim state
SimState simState = await telephony.simState;

Check out the detailed documentation to know all possible metrics and their values.

Features #

  • [x] Send SMS
  • [x] Query SMS
    • [x] Inbox
    • [x] Sent
    • [x] Draft
  • [x] Query Conversations
  • [x] Listen to incoming SMS
    • [x] When app is in foreground
    • [x] When app is in background
  • [x] Network data and metrics
    • [x] Cellular data state
    • [x] Call state
    • [x] Data activity
    • [x] Network operator
    • [x] Network operator name
    • [x] Data network type
    • [x] Phone type
    • [x] Sim operator
    • [x] Sim operator name
    • [x] Sim state
    • [x] Network roaming
    • [x] Signal strength
    • [x] Service state
  • [x] Start Phone Call
  • [ ] Schedule a SMS
  • [ ] SMS Retriever API
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A Flutter plugin to use telephony features such as fetch network info, start phone calls, send and receive SMS, and listen for incoming SMS.

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