iOS 8.3 Group Message notification: "To you..."

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by mjz147, Apr 10, 2015.

  1. mjz147 macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2009
    iPhone 6
    iOS 8.3

    Just noticed after the update that when getting a notification via text (for group chat, with message preview turned ON)

    The message will start with "to you, and at least 2 other members of the group members names"
    Then the second line will actually have the message content.

    Seems to me like good idea for multiple group chats, but the whole point of the preview is to...PREVIEW the text, when 1 out of the 2 or 3 lines of text is wasted with contacts name it removes the content of the message.

    I am the phone owner, my name is John smith and this is my phone,
    the group chat is:

    John Smith (Me)
    Russell Tree
    Jeff Smart
    Don Free

    When I am in an app/lock screen and I receive a text from Russell for example, the text preview/notification will look like this:

    Russell Tree
    To you, Jeff Smart, Don Free...
    Hey what are your plans tonight?


    Edit: How do I remove this, if possible, to just the Senders, name and the message?
  2. afsnyder macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2014
    Can't. Didn't it use to read the names without "To you.. etc"? Or maybe that didnt show all together.
  3. Ke1ington macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2009
    It didn't show anything before. Just looked like a normal text.

    They did this to prevent people from hastily responding to a group text thinking it was going to one specific person. I think it's a nice feature but I can see where you're coming from.
  4. robmclau83 macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2015
    Yes it didn't show anything before, which was great if you were using smartwatch or fitness tracker with text capabilities. As pointed out in the original post this reduces the amount of readable lines available for the actual message.

    If apple does not want to remove this function they should at least give us the choice to turn it off.
  5. GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    This was addressed very recently in this thread:

    I just had a thought since then though. It was stated that the main advantage of this is that you can see who you're replying to before you quick reply. However Apple could make it so it only shows the To names when you drag down to quick reply?

Share This Page