Make Phone Call, Send SMS or Email Using React Native Communication

React Native Communication

This is an Example to Make Phone Call, Send SMS or Email Using React Native Communication. We will use the Communications Component provided by react-native-communications. This is a very easy to integrate library which can be used for a very useful task like Making phone calls, Sending Text SMS or for Sending Emails.

The most important point to note here is that all the things will trigger the respective applications to handle the task like when we call a function to make a phone call it will open a Dialer application with a prefilled number supplied by us from our App. Similar to the SMS and mail.

Types of Different Activity

In this example, we will see 4 types of different activity:

  1. Make a Phone Call.
  2. Send SMS.
  3. Send Email.
  4. Open a web URL in the browser.

You can also visit Example to Send Text SMS on Button Click in React Native using react-native-sms and Example to Make a Phone Call in React Native App using react-native-phone-call.

Now let’s get started with the example.

To Import React Native Communication

import Communications from 'react-native-communications';
// either import the whole module and call as Communications.phonecall('0123456789', true)
// or can import single methods and call straight via the method name
// import { web, phonecall } from 'react-native-communications';
// e.g. onPress={() => { phonecall('0123456789', true) }}

Here are the code snippets to perform above-mentioned activities:

Make Phone Call using

{/*To make a phone call phonecall(phoneNumber, prompt) */}
<TouchableOpacity 
  style = {styles.button}
  onPress={() => Communications.phonecall('0123456789', true)}>
    <Text style={styles.text}>
      Make Phone Call
    </Text>
</TouchableOpacity>

Send Email using

{/*To send the mail function(to, cc, bcc, subject, body)*/}
<TouchableOpacity 
  style = {styles.button}
  onPress={() => Communications.email(['aboutreact11@gmail.com', 'hello@aboutreact.com'],null,null,'Demo Subject','Demo Content for the mail')}>
  {/*email(to, cc, bcc, subject, body)*/}
    <Text style={styles.text}>
      Send an Email
    </Text>
</TouchableOpacity>

Send SMS using

{/*To send the text message function(phoneNumber = null, body = null)*/}
<TouchableOpacity 
  style = {styles.button}
  onPress={() => Communications.text('0123456789', 'Test Text Here')}>
    <Text style={styles.text}>
      Send a Text/iMessage
    </Text>
</TouchableOpacity>

Open a web URL using

{/*To open a web URL function(address = null)*/}
<TouchableOpacity 
  style = {styles.button}
  onPress={() => Communications.web('https://aboutreact.com')}>
    <Text style={styles.text}>
      Open https://aboutreact.com
    </Text>
</TouchableOpacity>

For this example, we will make a home screen with 4 different buttons to make a call, to Send SMS, to Send Email and to open a URL in browsers.

To Make a React Native App

Getting started with React Native will help you to know more about the way you can make a React Native project. We are going to use react-native init to make our React Native App. Assuming that you have node installed, you can use npm to install the react-native-cli command line utility. Open the terminal and go to the workspace and run

npm install -g react-native-cli

Run the following commands to create a new React Native project

react-native init ProjectName

If you want to start a new project with a specific React Native version, you can use the --version argument:

react-native init ProjectName --version X.XX.X
react-native init ProjectName --version react-native@next

This will make a project structure with an index file named App.js in your project directory.

Installation of Dependency

To use Communication we need to install react-native-communications dependency.

To install this open the terminal and jump into your project using

cd ProjectName

Run the following command to install

npm install react-native-communications --save

This command will copy all the dependency into your node_module directory.

–save is optional, it is just to update the react-native-communications dependency in your package.json file.

Code for Phone Call, SMS, Email

Now Open App.js in any code editor and replace the code with the following code

App.js

/*This is an example to Make Phone Call, Send SMS or Email Using React Native Communication*/
import React, {Component} from 'react';
//import React

import {StyleSheet, Text, View, TouchableOpacity} from 'react-native';
//import Basic React Components

import Communications from 'react-native-communications';
// either import the whole module and call as Communications.phonecall('0123456789', true)
// or can import single methods and call straight via the method name
// import { web, phonecall } from 'react-native-communications';
// e.g. onPress={() => { phonecall('0123456789', true) }}

export default class App extends Component{
  render() {
    return (
      <View style={styles.container}>
        <Text style={styles.headingStyle}>Example of React Native Communication</Text>
        
        {/*To make a phone call phonecall(phoneNumber, prompt) */}
        <TouchableOpacity 
          style = {styles.button}
          onPress={() => Communications.phonecall('0123456789', true)}>
            <Text style={styles.text}>
              Make Phone Call
            </Text>
        </TouchableOpacity>

        {/*To send the mail function(to, cc, bcc, subject, body)*/}
        <TouchableOpacity 
          style = {styles.button}
          onPress={() => Communications.email(['aboutreact11@gmail.com', 'hello@aboutreact.com'],null,null,'Demo Subject','Demo Content for the mail')}>
          {/*email(to, cc, bcc, subject, body)*/}
            <Text style={styles.text}>
              Send an Email
            </Text>
        </TouchableOpacity>

        {/*To send the text message function(phoneNumber = null, body = null)*/}
        <TouchableOpacity 
          style = {styles.button}
          onPress={() => Communications.text('0123456789', 'Test Text Here')}>
            <Text style={styles.text}>
              Send a Text/iMessage
            </Text>
        </TouchableOpacity>

        {/*To open a web URL function(address = null)*/}
        <TouchableOpacity 
          style = {styles.button}
          onPress={() => Communications.web('https://aboutreact.com')}>
            <Text style={styles.text}>
              Open https://aboutreact.com
            </Text>
        </TouchableOpacity>
      </View>
    );
  }
};

var styles = StyleSheet.create({
  container: {
    flex: 1,
    alignItems: 'center',
    backgroundColor: 'rgb(253,253,253)',
    padding: 16,
  },
  headingStyle: {
    fontSize: 25,
    textAlign: 'center',
    padding: 30,
  },
  button: {
    justifyContent: 'center',
    width : 300,
    backgroundColor:"#307cae",
    marginTop : 20,
  },
  text: {
    fontSize: 18,
    textAlign : 'center',
    padding : 10,
    color : '#ffffff',
  },
});

To Run the React Native App

Open the terminal again and jump into your project using.
cd ProjectName
To run the project on an Android Virtual Device or on real debugging device
react-native run-android
or on the iOS Simulator by running
react-native run-ios (macOS only).

FAQ: How perform the actions directly from my react native application without opening the default app?
Ans: Sorry but this is not possible with this library. This is a cross platform solution which does not provide the same, you need to manage some native logic to do that.
For the phone call related you can see react-native-immediate-phone-call, with that library no additional user input is required for Android and the call starts instantly (Apple always asks confirmation since the last iOS updates…)

Output Screenshots

Android

            

IOS

          

This is how you can Make Phone Call, Send SMS or Email Using React Native Communication. If you have any doubts or you want to share something about the topic you can comment below or contact us here. There will be more posts coming soon. Stay tuned!

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12 thoughts on “Make Phone Call, Send SMS or Email Using React Native Communication”

    • Hello Avishkar,
      There is not any direct way to send the SMS directly. You can either execute the function which will open the default SMS app of the user with composed message to send or you can use any webservice(which will call a SMS API to send the message) or can also call the SMS API directly from the phone like normal web API call.
      If you want to use the SMS API then you have to buy it from any of the SMS provider.

      Reply
    • No, you can not as these things are very risky and needs permission from the user. You can use a server which can send the mail and can fire a web service in the background to trigger the mailer.

      Reply
    • yes you can send the emails directly from the backend this is an addon feature for those who have no server and wants feedback for the ap so they can open the device email client with prefilled details and can receive the feedbacks without the server.

      Reply
  1. Hello Sir.

    I ask if with this package, the user of the application can access his directory of telephone contacts ???

    With an application based on “react-native-communications”, we have the possibility of accessing the telephone contact directory to communicate with our contacts available in the list of contacts already registered in our telephone directory exactly as the WhatsApp allows us to access our contact list ???

    Please let me know.

    Reply
  2. Hello.

    Please tell us if “React-native-communications” is right for opening the call and SMS dialing interface or if it is made to really communicate without spending on GSM network communication plans ???

    “React-native-communications” allows you to make calls and send SMS with or without communication credit or is it just to open the dialing interface of your mobile phone and spend your available communication plans ???

    Otherwise, how exactly does “React-native-communications” work to make calls if the user has no GSM network communication plans available ???

    Please enlighten us.

    Reply

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