Troubleshooting FAQ

Having problems? See if your question is part of our commonly asked questions.

For any questions not covered in this section, feel free to message us on Intercom from within your account or email us.


My bot isn't responding with the correct response that I've written for a specific trigger.

I keep getting an error message in the phone tester.

My deployed bot does not reflect the bot script I've written.

My shortcode isn't working as expected.

How do I add emojis to my bot script?

The bot editor should be able to handle any emojis in a response or usage of an emoji in a trigger. Just add emojis in, like you would to a normal word processor. 👍

Platform-specific shortcode issues

My gif from media.giphy is not coming through on Twilio.

Known Issue (May 2017): Using gif urls from in the ^image() shortcode are currently not supported on Twilio. Please consider using the direct link from or upload the gif onto another site if you need Twilio support for image messages with these gifs.

My media files are not coming through on Twilio.

Twilio restricts the total message size must be under 5MB. They also recommend keeping content size for each piece of media under 500KB. You can confirm if your message has succeeded or failed in sending by visiting the Message Log of your phone number on the console for your Twilio account on the Twilio website.

My bot doesn't respond when I type in a button number.

Deploying to Platforms

My bot responds to me, but is not responding to other users after it was successfully deployed on Facebook.

For certain platforms, like Facebook, you may need to undergo an app review process before your bot is available to the public. If you want to allow additional people to message your bot before your app is approved by Facebook, you can add these users as testers.

Learn more about the Facebook app approval process in our Facebook platforms guide.

Platform-specific deployment troubleshooting

I've deployed, how do I message my bot?

How do I deactivate my bot on [xyz] platform?

There's two ways of doing this:


Does your platform support [xxx] language?

Our bots are currently only localized to support English, but we have seen users build bots in Romance languages with success (e.g. Spanish, French, German). There is partial support for some Rivescript concepts for logographic writing systems (i.e. Chinese hanzi, Japanese kana or kanji, Korean hangul etc.) or right-to-left alphabets (i.e. Hebrew, Arabic).

How can I (a human) respond instead of the bot?

Read more about our Command Center product or the ^bypass() shortcode on the Advanced: Human Intervention page.

How do I delete a bot?

On the Advanced tab in the bot in question, there is a DELETE BOT option in the sidebar. If you type DELETE to confirm, this will permanently delete all of your bot's content, including all Topics, Broadcasts, Platform settings. You cannot undo this!

What happens to my bot when I reach the pricing limits for my tier?

The bot will not stop responding at first, but you will be notified that you need to upgrade. You can cancel and downgrade at anytime!

What will happen to my existing apps from Dexter v1.0?

Thanks for sticking with Dexter from the beginning. Although we no longer provide active support for those features, they will still work if you are already using them. Please keep in mind, these apps will be eventually phased out. Find your existing apps in the dropdown menu of the top menu bar, under "My Legacy Apps".

I am launching my business / product / service using a Dexter bot, how can I ensure quality service levels? Who can I contact about custom features I would need built for my bot?

If you're looking to launch a new venture with Dexter, we want to help your team succeed however we can. Whether you're anticipating a surge in users prior to a press release or you're curious about custom features to support your customers better, we're here to help!

Send us an email about your business/project and any way in which we can be of use.

I am a creative agency/consultancy/development shop that is looking to build custom bots for my clients with your platform.

Dexter Labs, the internal business solutions arm at Dexter, offers creative consultation, custom bot development, and high-touch management during activation for brands, businesses, and creative agencies. Let us know how we can help you craft an engaging chatbot campaign.

If you are a consultancy or development shop that would like to build on top of Dexter, email us to join the community of developers who are building on top of Dexter and get exclusive access to features in beta before they are released to the public.

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I have feedback or ideas for your platform.

We love hearing from you! Email us with your feedback, ideas, or concerns.