Large Group Texting no longer works under iOS 11.x

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by JWGold, Dec 12, 2017.

  1. JWGold macrumors member

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    Until I foolishly upgraded to iOS 11 on my devices, I was able to send blast text messages to my 100+ employees using a couple of Group Texting Apps (namely Group Text+). It would flawlessly send text messages to all my employees with necessary work information whether they had iPhones or Android devices.

    As soon as I upgraded to iOS 11, the largest group text I could send was to 10 people. It would let me send to larger groups provided everyone had an iPhone with iMessage.

    There are two big issues with iMessage. 1) Not all of my employees have iPhones. 2) iMessage copies everyone on every response and I do not want this as it clutters up conversations.

    How can I restore my ability to SMS text large groups of people now that I have iOS 11? The app developers have been no help and I have tried everything from toggling on and off iMessage, and doing network resets, etc. Also, it seems the issue is with all of my various texting apps as none of them work now. They all did before the upgrade.
     
  2. DaveOP macrumors 65816

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    Honestly, this sounds like lazy developers that don't care to support iOS 11. This does not sound like an iOS 11 issue, so much as a Group Text+ problem.
     
  3. NoBoMac macrumors 68020

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    Re: 10 text messages: that is generally controlled by the cell provider. ATT is 10, believe Verizon is the same. T-mobile has more, irc. Sounds like the app/iOS is observing whatever limits are probably in place.

    This issue has been around going back to older versions of iOS, so, not sure how this worked in the first place.

    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/cant-group-text-over-10-people.780047/
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4835666?start=0&tstart=0
    https://forums.att.com/t5/Data-Messaging-Features-Internet/iphone-5-group-text/td-p/3981588

    Sounding like it. Could have also been using a cell provider's relay service and that is now not working for some reason in their app.
     
  4. macfacts macrumors 68040

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    If the Group Text+ app developer used public APIs in iOS 10 and no other 3rd party libraries/APIs, then it is Apple's fault that if an app breaks. Apps should not have to be constantly updated even if an OS update occurs. That is bad design
     
  5. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

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    That would depend on the actual details and what's actually behind it all.
     
  6. DaveOP macrumors 65816

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    You're just speculating, however. They are pretty good about their API's in general, and that app developer had the entire summer to test against it and file radar's if they had trouble.
     
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  8. JWGold thread starter macrumors member

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    I have used Groupme for years for certain social groups, however, this is a work group and Groupme requires an app to be downloaded. I prefer simply using SMS texting. It worked flawlessly, all the way up until iOS 11.x. I just want it to work again.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 13, 2017 ---
    You’re right, mass texting to 10+ people didn’t work with the native texting app. So that’s why I downloaded GroupText+, Group Text!, and Text 2 Group apps. All worked well, but I liked the feature set of GroupText+ so I settled on that app and have been using it for over a year to mass text my employees with work schedule changes, etc. SInce iOS 11.x, none of these apps work for texting more than 10 people. My work around for the moment is to copy and paste 11 smaller group texts. However texting every message 11 times is getting old.
     
  9. bohachenquo macrumors newbie

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    I suggest Hit Em Up. Works fine even if you need to send hundreds of texts. I have iOS 11 and it's ok
     
  10. jhuynh macrumors regular

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    I can't help but think that there has to be a better way to do this than mass texting 100+ people to inform them of a schedule change.
     

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