HT3529: iOS: Using MessagesLearn about iOS: Using Messages
Currently Being ModeratedJul 19, 2012 4:19 PM (in response to tandemdoc)
Regular Address Book Groups can be synced, but not Smart Groups.
Regardless, the iPhone does not support addressing an email or SMS/MMS/iMessage to a group distribution list.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 27, 2012 4:52 PM (in response to tandemdoc)
There is a work around I've used.
A new feature of IOS is Do Not Disturb. You can use regular group lists to pass calls. I set up a code in the note section of each contact i want to pass, ie "phone*". Then I set up a smart group list to recognize this code. Next set up a regular group with an appropriate name and copy all the contacts in the smart group to it (select all). You have to sync the smart group to the regular group manually from time to time on your computer but you can add the code to a contact on your Iphone. This will sync with your computer smart group so that your manual sync is up to date.
The reason for using a group list to pass calls is so that my Iphone favorites list doesn't get so cluttered up with additional people I want to be able to call me but don't want them on the favorites list.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 28, 2012 4:14 PM (in response to SaguaroJoe)
I forgot to mention that you can see all the members of your coded group list by using the search screen to search for your code on your Iphone.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2012 11:24 AM (in response to tandemdoc)
What I did was to create smart group "A" and regular group "A" on mac mini. I then selected all contacts (command + a) in smart group "A" and dragged them over to regular group "A". Then they were synced with my iPhone and iPad.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 27, 2012 12:22 PM (in response to inchristwetrust)
Someone has come up with a terrific app that takes care of this problem very well. It's called Groups!
Currently Being ModeratedJan 22, 2014 1:09 AM (in response to tandemdoc)
I too had a similar issue as I wanted to create a smart group with a specific city so I can use it on our holidays, and found this workaround which works brilliantly:
See article no. 1
A reminder: as it is not a smart group, you want to ensure that you have updated the Standard Group with new entries in your Smart Group - just check the contacts match. Or, you could leave populating that Standard Group until you are really done with the Smart Group.
Hop this helps.