First generation Focals are no longer available for purchase.
Learn more here

First generation Focals are no longer available for purchase.
Manufacturing and sales have ended as of December 3, 2019. Learn more here.

How does messaging on Focals work?

SMS messages collect on your Messages view, and are supported across both iOS and Android platforms. Depending on whether you use Focals with an iPhone or Android phone, your sent messages from Focals might look a bit different. Learn more about messaging on Focals:

iPhones

If you use an iPhone, you’ll first need to verify your phone number in the Focals app before you can send and receive messages on Focals. 

When you send a message from Focals, recipients will see that the message is coming from a new phone number. We use a secondary phone number to work around some of the constraints from Apple’s messaging services. This number is unique and is only associated with your glasses. Friends can message either your usual number or this Focals number to contact you.

A text message sent from Focals to an iPhone that says 'This is Carly. I'm messaging you from my Focals by North.'

All iMessages you receive will display on Focals as SMS messages. Any replies you send from Focals will send from your Focals number. This means that any replies to iMessages you send from Focals won’t be in any iMessage threads, but instead in the conversation history of your Focals number.

Other messaging apps (outside of the Focals Abilities) are not supported on Focals paired to iPhones.

Android phones

You can send and receive SMS messages and use messaging apps like WhatsApp and Messenger. Access messages from these apps from the Notifications view

You can also enable apps like Slack as a Focals Ability to send direct messages.  

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