iPhone Group Text Messaging – Send 100 People an SMS for the Price of 1

Oct 11, 2010 - 34 Comments

You don’t need to download any apps to send group text messages with your iPhone. Hidden away in iOS 4 is the ability to send group text messages, now this may not seem that exciting by default but here’s why it’s great: using group messaging, you can send 100 people a text message but it only counts as ONE sent text!

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How to enable group text messaging on the iPhone

  • Tap on “Settings”
  • Select “Messages”
  • Tap the On switch next to “Group Messaging”

If recipients also enable group messaging, then everyone can have a massive group chat together at the expense of only one text message sent, regardless of the amount of users!

I came across this awesome tip (and the screenshot) on ZDNet’s The Apple Core blog, where it was independently verified with AT&T that sending group texts like this only counts as one sent message.

If you don’t have an unlimited texting plan, this is without a doubt the cheapest way to send a massive amount of texts between you and your friends.

Note that this group messaging feature may only be available to AT&T customers.

Oh and by the way, this is for TEXTING, as in SMS – if you do group texting with imessage it does not incur the SMS fees because it uses the Apple iMessage service instead.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Kevin says:

    Must be a carrier specific setting. Not present on UK T-mobile

  2. diego says:

    not available on Australia-Optus

  3. markux says:

    I’ve iphone 3g and ios 4.1, but I’ve not Settings -> Messages -> Group Messaging.

    Only 4g?

  4. Thomas says:

    I guess it’s available only in North America. I have it on my iPhone 4. Perhaps the author of the article should have clarified this point.

  5. Tommy says:

    I’m in Canada with an iPhone 4 running iOS 4.1 and i don’t have this option either. I would love it!

  6. Neerav Kothari says:

    not on my iPhone 3g…

  7. USMC says:

    fyi works on my 3gs with 4.1

  8. Sebastien says:

    It’s on my 3G running OS 4.1 too. Does Apple set regional differences to featuresets? Maybe this is AT&T only?

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  10. Rick says:

    I just enabled it on my iPhone 4. But I was always able to select more than one person to whom to address a new SMS, even before this. What has this done that is different?

    • Rob says:

      The MMS group message method sends out the group address list along with the message. Each person who receives a group MMS message and has this feature turned on will see all of the people on the text list and their reply will go to everyone on the list – for the price of a single message.

      The way you have done group messaging before sends out an individual text message to each person and they do not see the list. Each recipient can only reply to the originator, a group reply would require them to add all the other names.

      And this is carrier dependent, Apple does display or hide the feature based on carrier profiles.

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  12. Abu Yaseen says:

    I’m in Africa and using iPhone 4 but this option is not available on my settings also, please can some1 help its really annoying.

  13. Bernard says:

    I have an iphone 3g with ios4 but group messaging isnt on my settngs… And i also hav tmobile.. Can someone help?

  14. Hehehaha123 says:

    iPhone 4 4.2.1 on fido in Ontario Canada no group messaging option

  15. Joe says:

    Im in Ohio, it works!!

  16. Elizabeth says:

    He already said may only be on AT&T phones!!

  17. shera says:

    so i need to create a “group list” that I can program into my phone…that way I can send all 100 clients periodic updates without having to re enter numbers each time.. ANYONE? This was standard feature on my Blackberry…can’t believe its so hard…

  18. Navi says:

    Ya Shera,

    I know how you feel. My EVO did it just fine as well. Here was me a few days ago:

    *Begin flashback*
    Ok, got my new iPhone 4. I really need to send a group text to give them info on the meeting. Now I need to make a group in my contacts. Wait, where is that option. (10 min later) Hmmm…Can’t find it. Guess it’s just cause I’m not used to the phone yet. (look on google). What? I have to create it on my computer and then sync it to my phone? Weird but OK. (10 min later) There got all my contacts into a group. Alright, now time to send a text to them all. Ummm….where is that option? (I keep looking) (10 min later) Weird, I can’t find it. I must be retarded or something. (Look on google again, 10 min later). WHAT? I can’t send a group text with one button? WTF! What is the point in creating a group when I have to select all the contacts individually? *$#@% YOU APPLE (throw iPhone across the room). I want my EVO back!
    *End Flashback*

  19. Jackie says:

    If you enable group messaging you can only send to 10 people in total. If you want to send a text to more then 10 people then you must disable group messaging or it will fail.

    • Joe says:

      iPhone and AT&T doesn’t allow more than 10 people to be group texted.
      And u have to use a third party app to be able to click a “group” and text.
      Otherwise you have to add all 10 contacts manually.
      U will notice once you add the 10th contact the little blue + button disappears. I have not found a way by app to send more if you do the text fails. Or only 10 people get it out of the let’s say 15 you put in list.
      If anybody has a way please post!

      • Hamid says:

        Joe , u r exactly right i wish we could add the whole group of names with one click and NOT adding one by one names , sucks .. hope there will be an app or something soon

  20. Kristi says:

    I agree. After “everyone” telling me I needed to upgrade from Blackberry to iPhone, I was very disappointed not to be able to send a group text message as easily (without an app) as I could with my Blackberry!

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  22. Joe says:

    iPhone and AT&T doesn’t allow more than 10 people to be group texted.
    And u have to use a third party app to be able to click a “group” and text.
    Otherwise you have to add all 10 contacts manually.
    U will notice once you add the 10th contact the little blue + button disappears. I have not found a way by app to send more if you do the text fails. Or only 10 people get it out of the let’s say 15 you put in list.
    If anybody has a way please post!

  23. Barbo says:

    Who is the dumbass that wanted to see Despicable Me instead of Inception?

  24. Jim says:

    My iPhone 4 won’t even do ten in a group. My iPhone 3 was able to send 150 loaded manually but my 4 stops at 6. Go figure. Any ” clear ” ideas on how to increase number of recipients?

  25. Steve says:

    Why can’t this be done with MMS messages???

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