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I'm looking for an Android app that can automatically forward any incoming SMS (text) messages to a custom URL.

So basically this:
auto forward sms to url

When searching around I find lots of forwarding apps that can send SMS messages to another phone, or to email, or to Telegram, etc. But I like to just send it (preferably through a POST request) to a custom URL. So I can further process it there however I want.

Any recommendations?

Paid solutions also fine (as long as it's one time payment, no concurrent subscriptions).

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    SMSSync sounds like it would fit the bill, but it's no longer maintained. And it comes with several trackers (Firebase, Google Analytics). "It supports filtering text messages by keywords and can transmit the text message to a configured callback URL via HTTP POST request" – which sounds like a match to your requirements. If it's acceptable let me know and I make it an answer.
    – Izzy
    Commented Sep 4, 2019 at 6:01
  • Or possibly If This, Then That, where you might have to code a script to send the POST message ? Have a look at some existing recipes
    – Mawg
    Commented Sep 4, 2019 at 15:12
  • @Izzy the SMSSync doesn't seem to work anymore (also, it feels quite risky running a .apk installed from a random website, rather than the play store, it's something I'd really not prefer to run continuously)
    – RocketNuts
    Commented Sep 4, 2019 at 19:51
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    @Mawg Thanks, yes that seems hopeful. Is there a way to look how existing recipes are built? Or is there any guidelines on how I could make my own recipe, which is triggered on incoming SMS messages and then performs some action (such as POST'ing to some custom URL) ?
    – RocketNuts
    Commented Sep 4, 2019 at 19:52
  • Looks like you have to sign up now. If/when you do, I am sure that the docs will explain all. Receipt of an SMS seems like a common enough if trigger
    – Mawg
    Commented Sep 4, 2019 at 21:12

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I was needed the same functions so I created a simple SMS to URL Android forwarding App.
Since Google refused to publish it in the Play Store, because it needed read SMS permission, you can install it directly from the apk here.
If you miss some functions in this app - feel free to open a ticket on Github.

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  • That looks awesome man! I'm actually about to switch to a new Android phone, will install your app and let you know if I have any feedback 👍👍👍
    – RocketNuts
    Commented Dec 2, 2020 at 12:21
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One more option is to use this paid solution (7$ one time)

https://www.forward-sms-to-rest-api.com/forward_sms_to_rest_api.php

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  • How are you affiliated with it Commented Mar 30, 2023 at 20:38
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There is this open source app that does exactly what you are requesting: https://f-droid.org/de/packages/tech.bogomolov.incomingsmsgateway/

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  • How are you affiliated with it. Commented Mar 30, 2023 at 20:37
  • How is this different to the one posted 2 years ago Commented Mar 30, 2023 at 21:26
  • While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. - From Review
    – Chenmunka
    Commented Mar 31, 2023 at 14:26

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