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What Is The Difference Between MMS And Group Messaging? (answered)

What Is The Difference Between MMS And Group Messaging? (answered)

Both MMS and Group Messaging are done over the cellular network, and they may require an internet connection. Even though they might seem similar at first, there are some subtle differences between them.

MMS is a multimedia messaging service that allows you to send images, audios, etc. over the cellular network. Group Messaging lets you send messages to several recipients at the same time, and it can be of two forms – Mass text and Group texts or conversations. Group messages can be sent as MMS.

The main difference between Mass and Group texts is whether or not the participants can view all the replies.

Also, mass texts are sent as SMS while Group texts are generally sent as MMS messages. This might seem confusing at first. This post should help clear up the confusion and help you understand the differences.

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Why do group texts send as MMS?

MMS is a technique for sending multimedia messages in a single conversation. roup texts can  leverage the MMS service: in a group chat, every message is transmitted as an MMS. 

In a group text conversation, every participant receives and may view all the replies. This functionality is enabled by the MMS messages, even though the messages themselves might not contain any multimedia.

Group texts and MMS on iOS

iPhones have three different group messaging options. Group iMessage, Group MMS, and Group SMS. 

iMessage is Apple’s instant messaging service and it operates like Whatsapp, Messenger, etc. They are multimedia messages that can be sent to other Apple devices over cellular data or WiFi. 

These messages appear in blue-colored text bubbles and are always end-to-end encrypted. You can toggle iMessage in Settings > Messages.

What is mass texting on Android?

Android has two group messaging options. The Mass text (SMS) and Group conversations (MMS). 

Unlike group conversations, in a mass text messages are transmitted to each participant individually. Each participant responds to the sender in a different conversation and is unable to see the replies of others. Mass texts are sent using the SMS service (not MMS).

How do I change a group message to MMS?


If you’re using android, go to the settings of your messaging app. Then locate Group messaging. You can select either the SMS or the MMS option for group messaging. The SMS option is the Mass text, and MMS is the group conversation option. 

Sometimes you might not see the group messaging option in your default messaging app. This might happen because your carrier or the default app doesn’t support group messaging. Try downloading the google Messages app from the play store. 


On your iPhone, navigate to Settings > Messages. Turn on the MMS Messaging. If you don’t see the option, your MMS settings may be incorrect (or your carrier doesn’t support the feature).

Get correct settings from your carrier and set them up in Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Network. Restart the phone and try again.

How do you remove yourself from a group chat?


On Android, there is no option to remove yourself from a group conversation. You might try to delete the conversation, but you’ll see the conversation pop up again whenever someone replies. 

You can mute the notifications for the conversation from the conversation settings. Please take a look at the next question to see how to do it.


Tap on the group conversation that you want to leave. Tap on the group icons at the top of the screen. Select the info button from the drop-down menu. You’ll find “Leave this Conversation” at the bottom.

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How do I turn off group messaging on Android?

To turn off notifications for group messaging on android, open your messaging app and tap on the conversation you want to mute. Tap on the three dots at the top right. Go to the Group details > Notifications. Then turn off the notifications.

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How do I send a text to multiple contacts without a group message?

You can send one message to multiple contacts with the mass text option. The texts will send as SMS, and you will receive individual replies. 

On Android, you can change the group message to mass text with SMS. Go to the settings of your messaging app and look for the group messaging options. Then select SMS or mass text. 

If you’re using an iPhone, go to Settings > Messages. Then turn off iMessage and Group Messaging.

Why am I not getting messages from a group chat?

You might not receive group messages for several reasons –

  • To send or view a group message, your cellular data must be active. 
  • You may have muted the group chat. 
  • The storage of your phone might be running out.

Why won’t group texts go through my iPhone?

For sending group texts on an iPhone, make sure the MMS option is turned on in the settings. If you are using the iMessage, be sure to turn on either the cellular data or WiFi. 

Try restarting your device. Ask your carrier if they support the type of message you’re trying to send.

How many people can I text in a group message?

The carrier/cellular service provider sets the maximum number of recipients for SMS and MMS group messaging and it may vary. Typically, this is restricted to 10 people.

This number may also vary with the device manufacturers. Samsung usually allows 20 participants to be added to a group. 

iMessage has a bigger participant limit of up to 32 people. The mass SMS text on Android has no limit on recipients. 

Why are my group messages coming in separately?


On Android, you will receive individual replies when the mass SMS text is turned on. You can change the settings to receive all the replies in one conversation by turning on group MMS texts. You can do this from the group messaging settings in your messaging app.


Sometimes you may find some replies are splitting up, even though they were supposed to show up in the group conversation. 

If you face issues like this, remember to turn on the MMS Messaging and Group Messaging options from Settings > Messages.

Can you add non-iPhone users to a group chat?

You can add users with non-Apple devices. However, you will not be able to use iMessage anymore. All the messages in the group conversation will send as SMS/MMS. You will see the green text bubbles when this happens.

What is the difference between blue and green messages on iPhone?

By default, iPhones use iMessage. These messages are encrypted and shown in blue colors. In contrast, SMS or MMS are not encrypted and they show up in green text bubbles.