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Alexroet Level 2 Level 2 (320 points)
I just sent a text to multiple people.
And when people respond, sometimes it goes to the group, and sometimes it just comes to me.

Is this part of the 'group messaging' feature?

I turned that on because I assumed that if it was off, I could not send to multiple people.
Apparently that's not true. Even with group messaging OFF, I can send a message to multiple people.

Can anyone explain this well?
(yes, I've seen this, and it doesn't explain fully. http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=11768253&#11768253)

For example. I sent a message that said 'happy thanksgiving!' to 10 people.
person 1 replied "thanks A!".
That message went into my thread with person A.
Which is what I want.

But person 2 replied "thanks A!", and it went to the whole group.
So ten of my friends are getting a message from a random friend of mine that they don't know, saying thanks?
How confusing!

So, "group messaging' really means "group reply"?

But not for everyone?

Like I said, some people's replies come just to me...

Does it matter if I already have a convo with the other person? or if they have an iphone?

Can someone clarify??

thanks!!

20" iMac (Intel 2.33), MBA 1.8/80, Mac OS X (10.6.5), AEBS, AX, iPhone, iPad, iMac, AppleTV
  • 1. Re: Confused about Group Messaging
    Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
    I suspect that the 'reply' bit is driven by the make/model of the respondents handset and how their handset handles reply.

    For some , reply means 'reply all' and the choice isn't the original senders but those of the respondent.
  • 2. Re: Confused about Group Messaging
    Alexroet Level 2 Level 2 (320 points)
    Perhaps. I just wish Apple would explain this feature "officially" somewhere.

    I NEVER want people to "reply all".
    If I turn off group messaging, will that ensure this? And if I turn off group messaging, can I still send messages to a group? that's a little counterintuitive...
  • 3. Re: Confused about Group Messaging
    Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
    Alexroet wrote:
    I NEVER want people to "reply all".


    Its not your decision though. If you send an email to 10 people, any one of them can choose Reply or Reply All.

    That was my point (badly made) - your wants are not relevant. Its 100% up to them what button they press. You cannot dictate what option buttons appear on another persons device if you take my meaning.
  • 4. Re: Confused about Group Messaging
    Alexroet Level 2 Level 2 (320 points)
    Well I'm not talking about email, did you mean text?
    I have never been 1- aware that I was receiving a group text, or 2- given any option to reply 1 or reply all.

    I guess my main point is that I wish I could find some clear answers about WHAT exactly group messaging IS.

    I thought "group messaging" was the ability to send a message to a group of people.

    But, since I am able to send a text to multiple people even when group messaging is turned OFF, then that is not it.

    So then I'd think it means that the group is treated like one item- all messages to and from any one person in the group go to ALL members of the group.

    But given that after sending a message to a group, I get some responses individually, and some to the group, that doesn't seem to be it either.

    You're saying it depends on the other person's hardware, which is just an unsatisfactory answer. (but not your fault, obviously). I don't know what brand of phone all my friends use, and I can not tailor how I send messages depending on who has what phone- that's ridiculous. so I really hope that's not the case. Can anyone weigh in on this for certain?

    I went to the "iPhone User Guide" (accessed as a Safari Bookmark on my iPhone, running iOS 4.2).
    It has no discrete mention of Group Messaging as a feature. But in the section on "Messages", under "Sending and Receiving Messages" it says:

    "*Send a message to a group of people:*
    Tap <new message>, then add recipients. If you enter a phone number manually (instead of selecting it from Contacts), tap Return before entering another entry.

    _Replies from any of the recipients are sent only to you, not to the other people you texted._"

    But, that's simply not the case.
  • 5. Re: Confused about Group Messaging
    Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
    Alexroet wrote:
    _Replies from any of the recipients are sent only to you, not to the other people you texted._"

    But, that's simply not the case.


    On an iPhone that may be true - but not everyone has an iPhone.

    You said that someone "replied all" which I would have though was evidence enough that there are devices which do not behave as an iPhone ?
  • 6. Re: Confused about Group Messaging
    Alexroet Level 2 Level 2 (320 points)
    Graham Outterside wrote:
    Alexroet wrote:
    _Replies from any of the recipients are sent only to you, not to the other people you texted._"

    But, that's simply not the case.


    On an iPhone that may be true - but not everyone has an iPhone.

    You said that someone "replied all" which I would have though was evidence enough that there are devices which do not behave as an iPhone ?


    But apple says "replies from any recipient" not "replies from other iphones"

    Either way, we're getting sidetracked.

    I just want to know- What (exactly) is Group Messaging?
  • 7. Re: Confused about Group Messaging
    nwcreative1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am having a similar problem with my iphone4 but sort of in reverse.
    My friend sent a "group text message with photo" to a group of his friends, which I was one of the recipients.
    I responded to it, thinking I was responding "only" to him. My response went out to everyone he sent the original message to. Now I am getting text messages saying who is this? I don't know you. etc.
    I didn't notice #1 that my friend sent it to a group of people. and #2 that when I responded to his message that it would go to his entire group of people he originally sent the message to. (and NO I didn't hit reply all)
    My friend does not have an iphone, but i don't think that should have anything to do with it.
    Do I need to change a setting? If so what? Can anyone help me with this? Thanks

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  • 8. Re: Confused about Group Messaging
    Pinky&theBrain Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Im having the same issue i recieve a mms forward almost daily from random friends they send it to a group and i know they are not using an iphone my dad has a samsung for example and he sent a forward to X number of people myself included i replied and got a bunch of huhs and whats from everyone he orriginally messaged very annoying trying to explain what has happed to ten people please help
  • 9. Re: Confused about Group Messaging
    MWYada Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've seen this too. Definitely a bug. I'm surprised that people aren't making a bigger fuss out of this... it's a real privacy/security issue.
  • 10. Re: Confused about Group Messaging
    Alexroet Level 2 Level 2 (320 points)
    closing old thread
  • 11. Re: Confused about Group Messaging
    SithLord117 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am also having the same problem. I dont want to respond to other peoples friends, or my friends to get responses from other people I sent something to. I have found no way to stop this completely.

  • 12. Re: Confused about Group Messaging
    EmperorToothpick Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I agree, I just found out that I was doing this.

     

    If I do not find a solution soon, this will be the only, and last, time I ever buy any piece of crap product from Apple.

  • 13. Re: Confused about Group Messaging
    JustMeShelley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Well you're wrong when it comes to iPhone anyway.  As the responder, I have Group MMS turned OFF on my phone.  But it's STILL sending my replies to everyone who received the original message.  At this point... I'm not very happy with my iPhone as far as THIS little feature goes.

  • 14. Re: Confused about Group Messaging
    JustMeShelley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yup!  That's true!

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