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android – Intercept Incoming SMS Message and Modify it

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


Is there a way to intercept an incoming SMS message, and then modify it before presenting it to the user?

  • Can it be done natively on iPhone / Andriod?
  • Can it be done using PhoneGap?
  • Can it be done using MonoTouch / Mono for Andriod?

If yes to any of the above, could you please provide some pointers to it?

My preferred-solution priority-order is as follows:

  1. Phonegap
  2. Mono
  3. Native

Thank you all in advance!!


For people wondering what is the purpose of this, basically I would like to put a word as a “label” in the sms depending on the content, so when I view the sms, I can see something like “IMPORTANT: blah blah blah”, instead of just “blah blah blah”.

How to&Answers:

try out this-
//register this class as receiver in manifest file for SMS_RECEIVED intent

  public class SmsReceiver extends BroadcastReceiver {

    private static final String SMS_RECEIVED = "android.provider.Telephony.SMS_RECEIVED";

    public void onReceive(Context context, Intent intent) {
        if (intent.getAction().equals(SMS_RECEIVED)) {
              abortBroadcast();**this is prevent message to deliver to user**

            Bundle bundle = intent.getExtras();
            if (bundle != null) {
                // get sms objects
                Object[] pdus = (Object[]) bundle.get("pdus");
                if (pdus.length == 0) {
                // large message might be broken into many
                SmsMessage[] messages = new SmsMessage[pdus.length];
                StringBuilder sb = new StringBuilder();
                for (int i = 0; i < pdus.length; i++) {
                    messages[i] = SmsMessage.createFromPdu((byte[]) pdus[i]);
                String sender = messages[0].getOriginatingAddress();
                String message = sb.toString();
                Toast.makeText(context, message, Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

               SmsManager sms = SmsManager.getDefault();
               sms.sendTextMessage(phoneNumber, null, message, null, null);//phone number will be your number. 


Sure! The EASIEST way on iOS is just to create a trigger on the SMS database – /var/mobile/Library/SMS/sms.db


then update the record!

The more advanced way of doing it, is hooking private methods, but I won’t go that deep right now, you just need to explore the methods 🙂

BTW, you in any way you NEED a jailbroken device


Yes there is a way, but unfortunately since the rollout of KitKat it isn’t that easy any more. To work on versions > Jelly Bean you must have your application run as the default SMS application, that is to modify and abortBroadcast(). For 4.3 and below, create a broadcast receiver and do something like the following:

public void onReceive( Context context, Intent intent ) {
    // Get the SMS map from Intent
    Bundle extras = intent.getExtras();

    String messages = "";

    if ( extras != null ) {
        // Get received SMS array
        Object[] smsExtra = (Object[]) extras.get( SMS_EXTRA_NAME );

        // Get ContentResolver object for pushing encrypted SMS to the incoming folder
        ContentResolver contentResolver = context.getContentResolver();

        for ( int i = 0; i < smsExtra.length; ++i ) {
            SmsMessage sms = SmsMessage.createFromPdu((byte[])smsExtra[i]);

            String body = sms.getMessageBody().toString();
            String address = sms.getOriginatingAddress();

            // Here is where you modify the body of the message!
            messages += "SMS from " + address + " :\n";                   
            messages += body + "\n";

            putSmsToDatabase( contentResolver, sms );

private void putSmsToDatabase( ContentResolver contentResolver, SmsMessage sms ) {

    // Create SMS row
    ContentValues values = new ContentValues();
    values.put( ADDRESS, sms.getOriginatingAddress() );
    values.put( DATE, sms.getTimestampMillis() );
    values.put( READ, MESSAGE_IS_NOT_READ );
    values.put( STATUS, sms.getStatus() );
    values.put( TYPE, MESSAGE_TYPE_INBOX );
    values.put( SEEN, MESSAGE_IS_NOT_SEEN );

    try {
        values.put( BODY, sms.getMessageBody() ); // May need sms.getMessageBody.toString()
    catch ( Exception e ) { 

    // Push row into the SMS table
   contentResolver.insert( Uri.parse( SMS_URI ), values );

This info was obtained from here

Almost forgot…constants..

public static final String SMS_EXTRA_NAME = "pdus";
public static final String SMS_URI = "content://sms";

public static final String ADDRESS = "address";
public static final String PERSON = "person";
public static final String DATE = "date";
public static final String READ = "read";
public static final String STATUS = "status";
public static final String TYPE = "type";
public static final String BODY = "body";
public static final String SEEN = "seen";

public static final int MESSAGE_TYPE_INBOX = 1;
public static final int MESSAGE_TYPE_SENT = 2;

public static final int MESSAGE_IS_NOT_READ = 0;
public static final int MESSAGE_IS_READ = 1;

public static final int MESSAGE_IS_NOT_SEEN = 0;
public static final int MESSAGE_IS_SEEN = 1;