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I was curious what the limit was on the number of people you can add to an iMessages group. Assuming everyone was on iMessages (i.e. everyone shows up as blue).

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I have sent a group of 3 messages. I have not tried more, I assume it would be limitless as it is just an instant message over an Internet connection. I am interested to find out if anyone has tried. Do we know what the SMS group limit is? As this could be the limit physically set by the app. –  Graeme Hutchison Nov 8 '11 at 16:05
What makes you think there is a limit? (also - it's a bit of social suicide to even find out where the limit is) –  bmike Nov 15 '11 at 19:47
@bmike i.imgur.com/I9aLhKC.jpg –  Steve Moser Sep 24 '13 at 0:08

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I read nothing about a limit in the different user guides for iOS devices (e.g. iPhone User Guide [PDF, 17MB]). Because of that I think there is no limit for groups.

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I have not find a limit yet either thus I'm accepting this answer. –  Steve Moser Sep 19 '12 at 17:23

I just unsuccessfully did 28 for an event here in Denver.

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Did it come up with any specific error message? –  Steve Moser Jan 17 at 20:18

I believe 9 members is the maximum amount that can participate in a single iMessage group thread.

I don't know the reason for this arbitrary number but people in my company have discovered this on their own. We are organized into groups of 12 and have not been able to include the entire group without a third-party app.

With regards to other comments made earlier in this string, there are countless reasons businesses would use group texting in fairly large groups. For example, sales teams, management team, or dept. teams can use messaging for rapid means of communication.

Messaging is quickly becoming the preferred means of communication where I work when rapid responses from groups are required or when everyone is spread out geographically. Email tends to be slower even if it is pushed to users devices. We primarily use email for longer messages and less urgent matters.

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Is that with everyone on iMessage and no one on SMS i.e. the send button is blue? –  Steve Moser Nov 28 '12 at 19:58
Sadly, I've been in groups of 30 or more and when everyone keeps replying, it can make one wish for a temporary block in iMessage or way to opt out of that thread... –  bmike Nov 30 '12 at 23:39

Im sorry and i don't want to be rude here. But i don't think this question is necessary. Im sure you can do about 20 people so if you need to find out, experiment. Thats my advice to you. I also think there is no limit, but still this question won't help too many people, there are other ones to answer that will effect peoples productivity.

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I agree the question isn't well developed. It begs a "and why do you want to know this limit?" rejoinder since we hope for questions that are useful to others. If the OP explained what next (what real-life problem is being solved, others can make use of this forum to learn rather than be a collection of trivia) –  bmike Jul 9 '12 at 21:30
I agree with bmike, but please don't put these comments in the form of an answer. –  Elliott Feb 22 at 21:23

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