How to Send a Mass Text Message from iPhone

Mar 20, 2012 - 15 Comments


Do you have an event, announcement, or statement you want to broadcast to a group of people? You can easily send out a mass text message to multiple recipients from the iPhone Messages app. The group text will work regardless of whether the contacts you are sending to have iMessage or SMS text messaging, though iMessage users will have a few more features than those who don’t.

Here’s how to send a mass text message or iMessage from the iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open the Messages app in iOS if you haven’t done so yet
  2. Tap on the new composition button in the upper right corner
  3. Tap into the “To” field and enter the first recipient, then tap the (+) plus button and add other recipients from the address book one by one, you can add as many contacts from the iPhone as you’d like, and you can even enter new phone numbers here
  4. Type and send your text message as usual, it will send as a group iMessage or group SMS text, depending on the recipient contacts service

Send a Mass Text Message from iPhone

Sending a mass iMessage is free to other iMessage recipients. Mass texting with SMS may not be, but some cell carrier fees wrap a single group text to count as one message rather than individual SMS’s. Of course, receiving replies will count against your standard texting plan as usual though, if the message is not transmitted through Apple iMessage protocol. Basically if you’re group chatting with other iPhone users, its almost certain to use the blue-bubble iMessage, whereas if you’re group chatting with Android and Windows Phone users, you’ll probably see the green text chat bubble instead, indicating SMS.

This feature works with all versions of iOS though it looks a bit different depending on the version installed on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Do note that older versions of iOS had to have group texting manually enabled, but it is now activated by default in modern versions. Additionally, iMessage users with modern devices gain many neat group chat features, which is basically a subset of the ‘bulk text’, as it actually creates a group conversation thread when these are sent – almost like a chat room.

Happy texting and messaging!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Morgan says:

    It’s a great feature except that then when the recipients reply to the sender saying, “congratulations,” or whatever, everyone gets all the replies. (Unless, of course, if the person who replies really pays attention to what they’re doing)

  2. Russ says:

    Is there a limit on the number of people you can send?

    Can you send to a group from your Contact Groups?


  3. Bassano says:

    You guys are charged for receiving texts?


  4. s10ly5 says:

    Imagine you have over 20 people you need to include in your message… can’t apple just make life easier by letting you “check” the person you need to include in your group message? I know 3rd party app can!

  5. Ziggy47 says:

    The max number you can send to is 20……cheers….

  6. Joe says:

    U can not text more than 10 people using this method!
    AT&T doesn’t allow it.

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  8. Hans says:

    Thanks for the tip, I found this searching in google, but what I want to do is set up an iCloud Group and be able to select it and send a text message to that group without having to select each contact individually. is it possible?

  9. john says:

    i`m tryng to do the same thing send like bulk sms to at least 500 peoples at once any solutions? europe..

  10. Jason Bullrich says:

    One by one! This has already taken me 30 min and I’m not even halfway through the alphabet. Can’t you just edit and tick the recipients we want. You could on all the old Nokias 😔

  11. Mansoor says:

    To my utter surprise iphone dont have the option of selecting all the recipients in one go.You keep on jumping back and forward to add contacts which is time consuming.
    I spend so much money on this crap.

    • Rex says:

      Agreed. This is a giant pain. The combination of a max of 10 recipients and having to jump back and forth to the contacts folder to select each recipient individually is a pain. Why you can’t just go to contacts, select everyone you want into messaging beats me.

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