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  1. shetach's Avatar
    One of the features that recently disappeared in one of the recent updates is the ability to send SMS to more then one recipient.
    Any solutions?

    Posted via Android Central App
    09-18-2014 07:32 AM
  2. cpaight's Avatar
    Not sure what happened to yours, but I use hangouts and was group texting this morning just fine.
    09-18-2014 10:53 AM
  3. alortimor's Avatar
    It appears as though on version 2.3.75067996 of hangouts on kitkat 4.4.4 group sms has been removed.


    Which version are you runnnig?
    09-18-2014 11:14 AM
  4. vor's Avatar
    It appears as though on version 2.3.75067996 of hangouts on kitkat 4.4.4 group sms has been removed.


    Which version are you runnnig?
    Working for me with that version. I can open an old one or start a new one, after entering the first contact it says "Anyone else?" under the green bar next to the first contacts name
    09-18-2014 11:36 AM
  5. cpaight's Avatar
    It appears as though on version 2.3.75067996 of hangouts on kitkat 4.4.4 group sms has been removed.

    Which version are you running?
    2.3.75731955
    09-18-2014 12:55 PM
  6. alortimor's Avatar
    The previous version I had had the same behaviour as you describe. "anyone else?" use to show, but with the latest upgrade, "anyone else?" no longer appears.
    I'm running hangouts on 4.4.4 on a nexus 5.
    09-18-2014 04:19 PM
  7. Groid's Avatar
    You have to check the Group Messaging checkbox in Hangouts > settings > sms.
    09-18-2014 05:38 PM
  8. shetach's Avatar
    Thanks everyone.
    Just to clarify: I have that long version too. And it allows for group MMS. I'm asking specifically about group SMS. Meaning, SMS to more then one recipient.

    Posted via Android Central App
    09-18-2014 07:36 PM
  9. Tom in Bristol's Avatar
    https://support.google.com/hangouts/.../3115553?hl=en

    If you want to start a group Hangout, check the boxes in front of multiple people's names and click the chat icon to start a message or a video icon to start a video call.
    09-18-2014 10:54 PM
  10. Ry's Avatar
    Wouldn't sending a group SMS send the same message to each person but as separate threads?

    Posted via Android Central App (Moto X)
    09-18-2014 11:53 PM
  11. shetach's Avatar
    Ry, here's the thing. When you use SMS group text, you are sending a message to two people. Each is unaware the other is getting it. In group MMS, you are starting a group discussion, where each person sees the other recipients, and replies go to all members of the group.
    In the attached screen shot, you can see the difference: the first two messages are pre-update, showing 2 messages sent, to to people, via SMS. The third message is one message sent via MMS, to both people. Group SMS in hangouts-screenshot_2014-09-18-19-05-52.jpg

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    Johnny Dee likes this.
    09-19-2014 07:26 AM
  12. Ry's Avatar
    Ry, here's the thing. When you use SMS group text, you are sending a message to two people. Each is unaware the other is getting it. In group MMS, you are starting a group discussion, where each person sees the other recipients, and replies go to all members of the group.
    In the attached screen shot, you can see the difference: the first two messages are pre-update, showing 2 messages sent, to to people, via SMS. The third message is one message sent via MMS, to both people. Click image for larger version. 

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    Posted via Android Central App
    That's understood. Most people want group messaging working correctly, where it's everyone seeing all replies. Sounds like you just want mass texting.

    Posted via Android Central App (Moto X)
    09-19-2014 10:08 AM
  13. monitorengineer's Avatar
    Hey there, I'm assuming you are integrated with google voice? Go to Settings -> SMS -> send sms from and change to your carrier number and NOT your google voice number...should fix it.
    mbloflin likes this.
    09-19-2014 04:25 PM
  14. Groid's Avatar
    Hey there, I'm assuming you are integrated with google voice? Go to Settings -> SMS -> send sms from and change to your carrier number and NOT your google voice number...should fix it.
    I checked Hangouts, Messaging, and Voice and I couldn't find that setting anywhere. Would you please clarify?
    Johnny Dee likes this.
    09-20-2014 11:19 AM
  15. Gonzopolis G's Avatar
    I can't believe that worked, but it did. Thank you!!!
    10-09-2014 10:25 AM
  16. shetach's Avatar
    What exactly worked? What have you done?

    Posted via Android Central App
    10-11-2014 09:18 PM
  17. mbloflin's Avatar
    It's in the SMS settings not the main Hangout settings. Worked perfectly. Thanks, I've been wondering what happened to group SMS for weeks.
    10-22-2014 12:58 PM
  18. shetach's Avatar
    Thanks. But that will enable it for the messages app, not the hangouts app

    Posted via Android Central App
    10-22-2014 03:24 PM
  19. Johnny Dee's Avatar
    Some of us do want mass texting [where mass = 5 people in our club] but dont want MMS or everyone to see all replies. It used to work like that on Android right? & it does on iOS still, I assume. Is there a way of getting it back, as there is no setting I can find that is referred to in this thread.[Nexus 5, 4.4.4]
    11-05-2014 10:40 AM
  20. weksa's Avatar
    Some of us do want mass texting [where mass = 5 people in our club] but dont want MMS or everyone to see all replies. It used to work like that on Android right? & it does on iOS still, I assume. Is there a way of getting it back, as there is no setting I can find that is referred to in this thread.[Nexus 5, 4.4.4]
    In SMS settings of whichever messaging app you use, there should be an option for "Group Messaging: Use MMS to send a single message when the are multiple recipients." Uncheck this box, and whenever you text a group, you are sending individual messages to every person.
    11-06-2014 11:46 PM
  21. shetach's Avatar
    In SMS settings of whichever messaging app you use, there should be an option for "Group Messaging: Use MMS to send a single message when the are multiple recipients." Uncheck this box, and whenever you text a group, you are sending individual messages to every person.
    When you unchecked this option in the newest releases of hangouts, you cannot send messages to more than one person. Maybe in other messaging apps it works. The discussion is about getting it to work in hangouts

    Posted via Android Central App
    Johnny Dee likes this.
    11-07-2014 06:27 AM
  22. weksa's Avatar
    Ahhhh I see
    11-07-2014 01:38 PM
  23. N Rowe's Avatar
    I sadly have the same problem. And to make things even stranger, my friend and I both have the Nexus 4, identical versions of software and she has the group messaging option in hangout settings, under SMS. Mine is missing that entirely and under Advanced, the first option is to delete old messages. Very weird. Anyone figure this out yet?


    When you unchecked this option in the newest releases of hangouts, you cannot send messages to more than one person. Maybe in other messaging apps it works. The discussion is about getting it to work in hangouts

    Posted via Android Central App
    01-01-2015 10:17 AM
  24. shetach's Avatar
    With the last update this ses to be hit or miss. Sometimes it works for me, sometimes it doesn't. In general, the app is so laggy that I don't rely on it anymore for sms.
    01-01-2015 04:47 PM
  25. Groid's Avatar
    I sadly have the same problem. And to make things even stranger, my friend and I both have the Nexus 4, identical versions of software and she has the group messaging option in hangout settings, under SMS. Mine is missing that entirely and under Advanced, the first option is to delete old messages. Very weird. Anyone figure this out yet?
    My Moto X has settings options like your friend's. Are you sure you are on the same version of Hangouts? Mine is v2.5.81636427. I didn't used to have the 'Send SMS from' option in settings, but do now. They have updated Hangouts a lot lately.
    01-02-2015 10:32 AM
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