Group SMS on iPhone

We all know how to send an SMS or iMessage to a group of friends: open up the Messages application and type in the name of the contacts you want to include in this group message. This is fine if you want to send a text message to just a handful of contacts, but what if you want to send a message to 25 contacts for example? Adding each of them could be a time consuming process.

As always, the App Store can provide a solution to this problem. Today, we will show you how to text message a group of contacts on iPhone, in a quick and efficient manner. To do so, we’ll be using an application called Connect, a free download in the App Store. There are other applications that can streamline your group messaging, which we will list at the bottom of this post, but we’ll be using Connect as it is a free alternative that works really well for what we want to accomplish.

Pre-requisites: before we get into how to send messages to a group, you will obviously have to have created groups of contacts first. We recently published a couple tutorials about this topic, in case you don’t know how to create contact groups:

Note that the message will be sent as a Group MMS, even if recipients have iMessage enabled. This being said, you should make sure you have a mobile plan that allows for MMS messaging and find out whether your carrier may charge extra for sending MMS. If you are in the US, chances are there are no extra charge for this, but it’s always worth verifying.

How do you send group messages on iPhone?

1) Download Connect from the App Store, or another similar application (see below for a list), then launch the app and allow it to access your contacts.

2) In the list view, select the contact group you want to send a text message to.

3) Tap and hold your finger on the group name.

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4) You will be offered several options. Tap on the Message option.

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5) All contacts in the group will be automatically checked. This means that by default, all contacts in this group are set to receive the group message. You may uncheck some contacts if you do not want some of them to be part of the group text. Tap OK in the upper right corner when done.

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Note that if a contact has several phone numbers listed under him, the app will let you check which one to use by default, and it will remember what phone number to use in the future for sending group messages.

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6) A New Group MMS compose sheet will appear on your screen. Name of the contacts in your group will be automatically populated. All you have to do now is type your message and tap Send, as you would normally do.

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7) If you want to add to this conversation after sending the initial message, you can go directly into the Messages app where your group message will be. Replies from your contacts will be added to this conversation and you will be able to text directly from there in the future.

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  • Weak

    It’s ridiculous that things like this are not part of iOS as standard. Just ridiculous. There is no excuse. Just like there was no excuse for not having toggles for so many years. It’s pathetic that it takes them so long to add such primitive features.

    • Mescudi

      You complaining and bickering is not going to make them implement it that quicker.

      • Weak

        So, what you’re saying is I should follow your example & accept and shutup about it like a well behaved little sheep?

      • Mescudi

        First of, I didn’t set an example more like a suggestion. Do as you please. By the way, sheeps are not well behave they’re just dumb, which you happen to be.

      • Bibek Ghimire

        Complaining and bickering is one of the biggest ways to get them to implement it more quickly. As long as it’s done in the right way.

      • gittlopctbi

        Weak speaks the truth. And your complaining about his comment isn’t going to change that truth.

      • Mohammed Sahib

        He has every right to complaint. The most expensive phone lacks some basic features.

    • Weak

      Of course. Sebastien WOULD delete my response to Mescudi. So damn typical. -___-

      • Absolutely. It’s typical of me to delete comments that call people names. You make it sound like your comment was deleted for no reason, but it was deleted because you were being rude. It’s ok to have an opinion. It’s not ok to call other people names

      • Akbar Merchant

        Strong work. You SHOULD delete such responses.

    • gittlopctbi

      I fully agree with you. I was aghast when features that one would think are basic, like cut/copy/paste, was not in “iPhone OS” when it came out.

    • It’s to give devs many ways to milk iSheeps of their cash…and it’s really working.

  • Siddharth Desai

    Very Informative! Thank you!

    And as always, I always get a giggle out of the messages in the screenshot.

  • Mescudi

    Ps. Good job on the post Sebastien, Bon boulot.

  • Mohammed Sahib

    I need a guide on making mail groups and sending emails to them easily.

  • tom

    the app greet & send Does the same thing but she has another excellent option

    the app send a personalized greeting text messages, This can be done by adding the addressee’s name as a name placeholder and replacing Automatically it before sending the text message.

    greet & send is free and Excellent

  • Akbar Merchant

    Group messages limited to 20 users!! So, not that great. But thanks for introducing.

    • tom

      Yes, but the limited is only for 24 hours
      Or In-App Purchases for a 1$ and the app Is unlimited.
      I am very pleased with it
      I waited a long time for such a possibility in IOS And finally there is such a option

  • Candise Bernhardt

    I have a question. My tech skills are beginner. I need to send a text to my clients, but I do not want the recipients to be able to see who else the text was sent to. Client confidentiality. Is this possible with this app? If not is there one out there?

    • tom

      yes, Greet & Send do this

  • nihi

    When I first installed it, it got the contact and group info from icloud which was great but then I realized it is not synced with icloud. So, whenever I change the members of my group at icloud, I don’t see that change in the groups connect have. Any solutions for this?

    • sminnis

      Same problem here. Seems like a fatal flaw to me.

  • Fox August

    Is there a way to set a picture for these groups?

  • Easy Group is also a free option

  • svsmailus

    If someone replies to my group message, does it reply only to me or to the whole group?

  • Jim Cordero

    Some help please. I just selected the group I want to send a message to and a note pops up telling me “Limitation Apple does not allow third party apps to send a message to more than 10 recipients (for the iphone 4). Your message will be sent by piece of of 10 recipients.” Does this mean it will only send to ten people and I would have to repeat this process until everyone in the group has been sent to? Or do you know how I can send to more than 10 with my iphone?

    • Jim Cordero

      The first message I sent didn’t go anywhere. I tried it again and discovered it does go in batches of ten. WOW! that’s convenient. not

  • Jim Cordero

    Ok, since I tend to try things and figure it out as I go, I sent them message. I’ll see if it went to everyone or just ten people. Now, how do I see the message, history, sent? I don’t even know if any message was sent.

    • Jim Cordero

      I now see the messages in my iPhone’s message app. I also had a lot of errors. Several numbers bounced back. I’ll have to call them and confirm they are mobile numbers I guess.

  • Deborah Schultz

    If I send a group message, can everyone in the group see who I have sent it to and do their return messages only come to me or to everyone in the group? Thanks

  • james

    I have downloaded group+, created group, sent message 3 times. It keeps saying not delivered. Any ideas?

  • Frank Fazzio

    OK, so here is how I do it, without using an app. Open Contacts. By default it opens to “People”. Now swipe over to “Groups”. Now hit the “+” button to add a new group and give it a name, then save it. Next you have the opportunity to add contacts to the group. Scroll through your list of contacts and for each one you highlight, hit the “+” button and that contact is added to the group. When finished, hit the “save” icon. The Group is now established. You can choose the group from the “Groups” list and send a text to everyone. You needn’t re-list all the recipients each time. And this is done native in the operating system. No app is required. Did I mention this was on Windows Phone 8? No wonder my wife couldn’t show me how she creates a group on her iPhone.

  • Dan Carter

    Thanks, that was really helpful. This is a great solution to managing a team in my line of work – marketing promotions. Just downloaded Group Text+ and it looks great!