January 17, 2013

All about mysms groups: How to text with a group of friends

Posted in mysms news by mysms

If you are arranging a meeting or organizing a party, you will probably use texting at some point e.g. for updates or invitations. Isn’t it more convenient, if the whole conversation shows up in one thread rather than having single conversations with each person? That’s why we implemented the group feature that lets you text with up to 50 mysms friends at once.

Try the mysms group chat!

Try the mysms group chat!

The group feature is available for the mysms Android phone, iPhone, tablet, desktop and web apps. In all apps you can create, leave, rename or delete a group/conversation and show or add group members. Let’s have a look on each feature separately:

 

Create a group

Why not starting a new group message and showing your friends how easy and convenient it is?

Android phone, iPad, Web App: On the top bar you will find an icon which shows your mysms friends. There, you can create a group by clicking on this icon, entering a group name and selecting your mysms friends.

iPhone: Just click on “Create new message” and create a group there. Find an appropriate name and invite your friends. Now you can start messaging.

Android tablet: On your Android tablet it is very easy to set up a group. [Simply click on “create group” on the top bar] Edit: Simply open the setting an choose “Create group”. As on every device, enter a name and invite your friends.

 

Create a group

Create a group (Android phone & tablet)

 

 

Invite group members

Have you or the creator of the group missed somebody important? No problem. When you open the group conversation you’ll find the option “invite contacts” (for iPhone, iPad it’s called “Edit”) in the group message settings. Here, you can invite more of your contacts and all existing group members will be notified about the new participant/s.

 

Invite group members

Invite group members (Android phone)

 

 

Show group members

In case you’ve been invited to a group, you’ll be notified and can start texting with your group members straight away. As you might be interested in who is participating in this group, you can have a look at the list of group members by selecting the conversation and opening the group message settings (for iPhone, iPad “Edit”). There you can select to show all members of the group.

 

Show group members

Show group members (iPhone)

 

 

Rename a group

Sometimes the name of a group won’t be appropriate after a while, or you might want to change the name just for fun. That’s why you’re able to rename groups. Open the group conversation, click on the group message settings and choose “rename group”. After entering and confirming the new name, all group members will be informed.

 

Rename a group

Rename a group (Windows App)

 

 

Leave a group

Have you been invited to a group you do not want to belong to or has the conversation just finished? In this case you can simply leave this group. Once more you find this setting in the group message options. Here you can choose, whether you’d only like to leave the group, or if you’d additionally want to delete the conversation.

 

Leave a group

Leave a group (iPad)

 

 

Delete a conversation

Deleting a whole group conversation is possible by going to the thread overview and tap/click and hold on the conversation (Android phone and tablet) or by clicking on “Edit”. Please note: As long as you just delete the conversation without leaving the group, you will still receive group messages and the group will stay in your group list (friends list).

 

Delete a conversation

Delete a conversation (Android tablet)

We tried to explain our group features as detailed as possible. If you still have any question, just let us know in the comments. Anyway, have fun with connecting people 😉

Update October 23, 2014:
mysms also supports MMS group messaging for Android phone users. Have a look at the following post to learn more about group MMS.

  • Me

    If a group message is sent by someone not using mysms, I don’t get any replies from the other members of that thread. How can I enable this?

  • Hi,
    thanks for your message. Currently we only support a group chat with other mysms users. But we know that this is an important feature for our users and we plan to implement it soon.
    Best, your mysms team

  • Rob

    I have been using mySMS for a while and paying for it but stopped due to not having standard things such as group messaging and issues replying to facebook SMS’s, and having issues downloading MMS’s.

    • Hello Rob, have you tried our latest update? We’ve started to support group MMS messaging for Android phone users, other platform will follow soon. Also issues with MMS should be fixed. We’d love to welcome you back 🙂

  • Rob

    I tried group messaging but anyone who messages me back I get “unable to download message”, how do I fix this?

    • Could be a bug or something is wrong with the MMS settings, in any case a debug log (expert setting) could help a lot. Please make sure to activate “debug mode” (expert settings), then try to access the reply from your contact and send us the log after you received the error to android AT mysms DOT com. Thanks in advance for your help!

  • Fabien So

    I’m really disapointed because the limit of group SMS is 50 or in my
    organisation we work with mysms. And we have some group there are 200
    users in a group. Have you got an idea to delete the limit? Thanks for answering.

    • Hi Fabien, thank you for your feedback. This limit is standard for most mobile operators. If you would send a text to more than 50 recipients, chances are high that the message would be marked as spam.

  • Steven brace

    I am trying to leave a group, but on my version on ipad in the location it shows in this post I only have the “list group members” and “edit” options. How do I leave a group message?

    • Dear mysms user,

      thanks for submitting your email. We’re a small team and working
      hard on our apps. We receive tons of emails every day and are not
      able to respond to every single request. If you are a mysms
      Premium user, you can expect a reply within 24 hours on business
      days. Please take a look at our FAQs in the meantime: http://support.mysms.com ( http://support.mysms.com ).

      Thanks, your mysms team