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Excel to SMS

Send SMS right from your spreadsheet with Fastsms Indias Excel plugin

With Fastsms Indias Excel plugin you can send SMS directly from your Excel sheet, without logging into the Fastsms India Messenger. This guide walks you through a few simple steps that are required to set up Excel to SMS in your Fastsms India account.

 

Sign up and add credits

Sign Up for a free Fastsms India account and activate it by verifying your e-mail address & mobile number.

Add credits to your Fastsms India account

To send SMS using the plugin you must have credits in your Fastsms India account. One credit is used for 1 SMS of up to 160 characters. You can see your existing credit balance in the top right corner of the Fastsms India dashboard. To purchase credits, you can log on to the website and click on Buy button on the top right corner.

 Download & install the plugin

Download the plugin and install it

  1. Go to this page from Office Store
  2. Click on Add button, it takes you to the template install page
  3. Then click on Open in Excel which downloads an excel sheet
  4. Open the sheet, click on Enable editing and then Trust this add-in to finish the installation
  5. You can always open the plugin from your excel sheet by going to Insert > My Add-ins > Excel to SMS

Compose your message

After you have installed the Excel plug in and entered your API key, you can begin writing your message.

Configure Sender IDs

Note: If your account is in promotional route, the messages will be sent with a random 6 digit Sender IDs assigned by the operator. To get a Sender ID of your choice, upgrade to transactional route. (Know the differences between Promotional and Transactional messages here)

After upgrading to Transactional route, you can request for a 6 alpha character Sender ID of your choice. Upon approval, you can select the Sender Names under the drop down 'Sender Name' when you next open your Excel file.

You can use existing data from the Excel sheet to form the message content and contacts. Alternatively, you can manually type the message content and contact numbers in the plugin window.

Manual messages

To manually create messages, set Use Selected Cells' to No. Select Compose Message and type your message in the pop up window. When your message is ready, click Save.

 

Automated messages

If you want to personalise your messages, select the cells you want to use in your message, set Use Selected Cells to Yes and confirm your selection by clicking OK in the pop up box.

 

 

Scheduling messages

Use the Date and Time field to schedule your message send. if you want to send your message now, you must schedule it to go out in one or two minutes time.

 

The first time you use Excel to SMS, you need to connect Excel to Fastsms India account using an API key.

You can find the API key here:

  1. Click Settings > All settings > API keys
  2. Click on Create New Key
  3. In the Notes field, give your API key a recognisable name, for example; Excel. Click Save New Key

Your API key will be an alphanumeric string in the format

XXXvIElXXXEha4FWmXXX5HWMiL5IuGuXXX16XXXX

When you first install the plug in, you will be prompted to add your API key in to the Fastsms India window in Excel.

Click Enter to connect Excel to your Fastsms India account.

When you hit Send you will see a summary of your message.

This window will show you the content of your message and the Number of Messages you are sending (this is the number of contacts you are sending to, NOT the number of 160-character SMS credits you are using).  You can also review the Date and Time scheduled for your send.

The Calculate Cost function shows you the number of SMS credits that your send will consume (1 credit = 160 characters). If your account is in Promotional route, our DND filter will automatically remove the numbers activated for DND and this will be reflected in the cost.

To send your message, click Confirm.

If you want to close the Fastsms India panel in Excel, simply click on Close button in the top right corner of your spreadsheet.

Click on the top of the plugin window and drag it to move it to a different position. You can double-click on the plugin window to expand the Excel to SMS panel again.

Click on Logout to logout of the plugin completely. You can login back using the API key.

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