1. Queezle717's Avatar
    Hi All - hope I can find some help!

    I am using a Verizon brand S4 on AT&T, runnng 4.4.2. I'm hoping the VZ phone on ATT isn't the root of the problem, so trying to troubleshoot everything else. I have not ever had an iPhone or used iMessaging. I am using the stock messaging app. I do not want use a third party messaging app to avoid this problem, I want to fix the problem.

    My first problem is that I am receiving picture texts as group messages. I am the only intended recipient. This always creates a separate, new message thread between myself and the sender from the one we have been texting in. Is there a way to receive pictures in the same "original" thread? (So I don't have to go back and forth from thread to thread to send and receive messages. I want them streamlined.)

    Next: For any group message I receive or send (including the above mentioned picture texts which ARE NOT supposed to be group messages) I can see myself as a recipient along with the other people. When I reply to the group message, I receive a text from myself. Why? How do I make it stop? This occurs regardless of replying under the "Group" or "Individual" tab. (When using the group, the message I receive from myself stays in the group thread; when using the individual, the message I receive from myself goes to a separate thread I share with myself. Very annoying.)

    Again, I do not want to use a third party app to achieve what I should be able to do in the stock messaging app. My old S3 never presented either of these issues in the stock app.

    Any help would be much appreciated!!
    01-05-2015 09:59 AM
  2. Rukbat's Avatar
    Hi All - hope I can find some help!

    I am using a Verizon brand S4 on AT&T, runnng 4.4.2. I'm hoping the VZ phone on ATT isn't the root of the problem, so trying to troubleshoot everything else. I have not ever had an iPhone or used iMessaging. I am using the stock messaging app. I do not want use a third party messaging app to avoid this problem, I want to fix the problem.

    My first problem is that I am receiving picture texts as group messages. I am the only intended recipient. This always creates a separate, new message thread between myself and the sender from the one we have been texting in. Is there a way to receive pictures in the same "original" thread? (So I don't have to go back and forth from thread to thread to send and receive messages. I want them streamlined.)
    That depends on a few things, including one you have no control over - the way the sender's app is set up to send them.

    Next: For any group message I receive or send (including the above mentioned picture texts which ARE NOT supposed to be group messages) I can see myself as a recipient along with the other people. When I reply to the group message, I receive a text from myself. Why? How do I make it stop? This occurs regardless of replying under the "Group" or "Individual" tab. (When using the group, the message I receive from myself stays in the group thread; when using the individual, the message I receive from myself goes to a separate thread I share with myself. Very annoying.)
    Most email apps on cellphones have some sort of "CC myself on all emails" checkbox in their Settings. Yours is probably checked.

    Again, I do not want to use a third party app to achieve what I should be able to do in the stock messaging app. My old S3 never presented either of these issues in the stock app.
    That's why I back up almost every app to an apk file. If the new version is "improved" in a way I don't like (like Maps - the next version will probably remove the map completely), I can install the old version (after uninstalling the new version in most cases, or the older version won't install).
    01-05-2015 10:50 AM
  3. Queezle717's Avatar
    Thanks Rukbat! The photo issue is occurring with all contacts, and has only started since I've used the new phone. No previous history, and no mutual friends seem to have this issue.

    As for the CCing, I should have been more clear this is an issue I'm having with my text messaging, not emails. I have checked for the CC option however and I don't see it in any settings.
    01-05-2015 08:37 PM
  4. Queezle717's Avatar
    Why/how was the title of this thread changed? The current title "Can I get some help with a few picture and group texting issues" is not what I originally had this titled as.
    01-06-2015 09:09 AM
  5. sunset924's Avatar
    Queezle did you ever figure out a solution to this issue? Im experiencing the exact same problem!
    06-28-2015 11:28 AM

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