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pridepuppy21 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
I'm rarely one to ask questions about the iphone but I got my iphone 4G and today realized there was a setting that says group mms. I turned it on. I sent a text message to two people, expecting their replies to appear in the same window but they came as seperate relies. Was I wrong in assuming group mms meant replies from multiples would appear in the same window as the sent message? Please explain what Group MMS is and how it works. Thanks!

Macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Iphone 4G
  • dmiannay Level 3 Level 3 (850 points)
    From the User Guide:

    Group messaging (may not be available in all countries and regions) maintains the thread of the group when sending texts to multiple recipients.

    Means all related messages from the one you initially send will show up as threaded in the message window.
  • pridepuppy21 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    Thanks, but does that mean I should try sending lots of sms or mms to two of the same people? Because when I do it still shows their replies as seperate. I live in the US and have 3G service.. Its making me feel stupid lol but I dont think I understand.
  • dmiannay Level 3 Level 3 (850 points)
    You will see all the responses in the main Messages view in a single thread with a small double-headed icon.
  • pridepuppy21 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    Thanks, I see in the main messaging screen it shows the messages I have sent to the "group". It has the double headed icon. I guess what I expected was when the two people replied it would show under the same window. However, it appears they show as individual replies. I am dissappointed because I got excited and thought it was some kind of new feature of OS4. I dont have the best memory, but hasnt the iphone always been able to send the same message to multiple recipients? Whats so special about it now?
  • dmiannay Level 3 Level 3 (850 points)
    Yep, it has. It does fall short of what I'd expect to see as well.
  • EBSkater Level 2 Level 2 (490 points)
    It's a virtual chat room.

    Example. You and five friends are going to the movie, but each one has different things to do before then. One has a movie, the other must see the parents, third is going to dinner with their significant other, the fourth is sleeping and the fifth is on these forums, answering forum posts.

    Person A (the group coordinator) turns on group messaging, then sends out a group message to everyone, informing them the time of the movie, place and price.

    Person B responds that he will be running late, can someone please purchase his ticket? Instead of Person B's message going JUST to Person A, it goes to Person A, B, C, D AND E.

    Person E responds that he is bored, so he will go run and pick up the ticket for him and Person B. Everyone in that group text gets the message, so that way, they don't all end up purchasing the guy a ticket.

    And this is the group messaging option. Only useful if you have to coordinate with a lot of people, and don't want to send everyone a text to relay what ONE person said. Everyone gets the message.



    And before anyone asks, no, no one except the initiating sender has to have the option on.

    In other words, Person A is the one who sent the group message to everyone, telling where the movie would be, price and time. As long as Person A has group messaging on before he receives a text back from one of these people, when he gets a response, his phone sees that group messaging is on, and when he gets the message, it pings everyone else with that message that was sent to him.
  • supermurph Level 2 Level 2 (155 points)
    Thanks for that great description. I was also hoping that it just had to do with grouping the replies together and had it on. Now that I know it actually makes everybody I sent the message REPLY ALL without knowing it, this seems to be a potentially dangerous feature that I just turned OFF.
  • EBSkater Level 2 Level 2 (490 points)
    Glad to help. One thing to add...

    First, in my example, I missed something...when Person B asked if someone could purchase his ticket, obviously he doesn't get his own text back to himself. I was rush typing that response, so just typed A through E, and didn't think of that, haha.

    Funny enough, this is the exact situation that made me realize what the group messaging was. I was beta testing the 4.0 Golden Master, and turned that feature on, thinking that I could go to my contacts and multiselect contacts, instead of adding them one by one from the messaging app. When my friends and I made plans for a movie, I had forgotten to turn this feature off, and everyone was having a grand old time chatting with each other, via this feature on my phone.

    After realizing what was going on, and some more testing to confirm accurate results, I found a slight use to this feature. Kind of cool, but can be a pain that you can turn it on "on the fly", and have to dig through the menus to enable it. Would also be much better to assign the feature to specific text threads, instead of having it apply to all group texts. I usually have a group thread going to inform my friends of free apps, and occasionally group message when coordinating. Don't need it enabled for the free apps thread, but no way to keep it on for one, but off for the other. Oh well...

    Oh, and if anyone was wondering, I was Person A and Person E, haha.

    EDIT: Second fail in my post was that you have to have the feature enabled BEFORE you send your group text out. Oh well, this stuff happens when the coffee shop person is on my neck, telling me that I cannot have anymore donuts, and that I must leave the vicinity. ;-D

    Message was edited by: EBSkater
  • angelnilo Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    WOW EPIC!
    must have tons of free time on your hands
    btw imma HAVE to try it out now.
    THANKS!!!
  • EBSkater Level 2 Level 2 (490 points)
    angelnilo wrote:
    WOW EPIC!
    must have tons of free time on your hands
    btw imma HAVE to try it out now.
    THANKS!!!


    Sadly yes. :-| Being a software trainer who works from home has its perks.
  • upnorth067 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the explanation. Very helpful.
  • GraphicTodd Level 4 Level 4 (1,440 points)
    Bravo EBSkater! you deserve 3 dozen doughnuts for this amazing play by play... i'm person F and I'm at the doughnut shop buying your 3 dozen now!

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  • EBSkater Level 2 Level 2 (490 points)
    Welcome. The user guide on this is VERY misleading, as I was thinking one thing, and other people thought other things. It'd be nice if Apple included real life examples... :-|
  • pridepuppy21 Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    Ok so from what I understand you are saying I text my two friends, Denise and Davia. I text "hello" add their two names at the top and the message is sent to both. Denise replies "Hey!" and Davia replies "Whats up?". My thought was those 2 replies would appear in the same group window I initially texted "HEllo" from. It doesnt. It comes in as seperate replies, one from Davia. One from Denise.

    Davia cannot see that Denise replied "Hey!".
    Denise cannot see that Davie replied "Whats up?".

    So how are you saying we can all see each others replies and messaging when we cant? Or is my feature not working correctly?
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