Sinch Developer Documentation

Building blocks to enable rich customer communication

Getting started with Zapier and Sinch Preview

This guide will show you how to send and receive SMS with the Sinch API in minutes.

Note
This is a preivew of the Sinch Zap app.

This guide shows the power of receiving and sending SMS in Zapier. Now you can explore all your favorite applications and see if they have a Zapier app that you can connect to an SMS messaging Zap.

Before you can create your Zap, you will need:

  1. A Sinch account. (If you are in the United States, you also need a free test phone number.)
  2. A Zapier account, If you don’t have one, you can create a Zapier account https://zapier.com/sign-up/

If you already have them you can jump to Using Sinch as a Zapier Trigger

Sign up for a Sinch account

Before you can send your first SMS, you need a Sinch
account
. (If you are in the United States, you also need a free test phone number.)

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Click activate.

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To use the number with the REST API select REST and click Get Free number.

Using Sinch as a Zapier Trigger

To get started with the Sinch app, install the Sinch App on Zapier link.
Invite ZapierInvite Zapier
Click "Accept invite and build zap".

In this first example, you will use the Sinch trigger to fill out a Google sheet every time you receive an SMS to your Sinch number.

Choose App Event

When creating a Zap, search for "Sinch" when choosing app and event.
create zzapcreate zzap

Select “New SMS” as trigger, it will trigger on any new messages that is sent to your Sinch number.

Choose account

The next step is to “Sign in to Sinch” where you will see a prompt asking you to fill out some fields. Find your Service Plan ID and API token in the Sinch dashboard.

Configure sinchConfigure sinch
Copy and paste your Service Plan ID and API Token into the Zapier prompt and continue. It should now look something like this:

Find Data

If you do not have any messages in your service plan, there won’t be any data to collect for Zap but, you should see some samples, otherwise you will see some of your old messages as samples.
Configure SinchConfigure Sinch

Populate data in sheets

Create a Google Sheet and add two headers columns: Phonenumber and Message
Configure SinchConfigure Sinch
Next in your Zap, click continue and search for Google Sheets
Configure SinchConfigure Sinch
Connect your account and select Create spreadsheet. Go through all the steps and select the *Phonenumber column to have the From parameter from the Sinch Zap. Do the same for message.
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Click test and review and in your Google sheet you will see a new row.

Click done editing and name your Zap.

Send SMS using Zapier Actions

  1. Add a column to your Google Sheet and call it reply.
  2. Click the + button in your Zapier dashboard to create a new Zap. In this Zap we are going to use the Google sheets as the Trigger.
  3. Search for Google sheets.
  4. Select the trigger New or updated spreadsheet row. Find your sheet by clicking thru the prompts and select reply as the trigger column.
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  5. Test and review, click Do this and find Sinch 1.0.0.
  6. Select New SMS as action and confirm your account.
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These steps show how every time you enter/update a reply in an existing row, send that reply to the phone number we have in the first column.

Click test and review, and you should have an SMS to your phone.

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Getting started with Zapier and Sinch Preview


This guide will show you how to send and receive SMS with the Sinch API in minutes.

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