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Rainforest now lets customers use dedicated private SMS numbers that can only be used by testers in their specific account. These are unique, static numbers that are not shared with other clients. Customers are free to use these phone numbers however they wish.

This can be crucial for test cases that require testers to receive messages to a specific phone number that’s preconfigured in the database, for example for two-factor authentication.

How to use private SMS numbers

Please speak with your CSM regarding this feature if you would like to use this feature. Once private SMS numbers are provisioned, the list of phone numbers can be accessed from Settings > Step Variables and downloaded in .csv format.

There are 2 ways to use private SMS:

  • Randomly pick a number from your account’s private pool using the {{private_sms.inbox}} variable.
  • Pick a specific number by using the variables {{private_sms.inbox()}} and {{private_sms.number()}} to access the inbox and the actual phone number. The number should be inputted in between the parentheses in the inbox () and number () fields.

In this case, the number can also be uploaded as a step variable via csv – for example: {{private_sms.inbox({{file.column}})}}is `using the a csv called “file”` with a column called “column”, where numbers are available.

Product @ Rainforest QA. Previously headed quality using Rainforest at Avant, a $2b Chicago-based fintech startup.