I have an iPhone 4S. Whenever I try to send a group message to people who have iMessage and people who don't, I either get replies from 1 person but I recieve it as an individual text message or I don't get any replies at all. Everybody else in the group who has iMessage is able to see the replies as they would in any other group message. Please help!

*I have tried resetting it to the factory settings, turning iMessage and Group SMS off and then back on, and turning off my phone.

  • To clarify: you send a message to Person A (iMessage), Person B (SMS), Person C (iMessage), and Person D (SMS). Scenario 1: Person A, B, and C reply but you only receive Person B's reply (not A, and C). Scenario 2 (these scenarios alternate randomly): Person A, B, and C reply, but you receive no reply at all. Is this correct? What happens when you turn off iMessage altogether (sending to everyone as SMS)? Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 21:47
  • I recieve all of the SMS replies, but only 1 iMessage reply but I it as an individual text. So whenever I create a group message, I can only see what I've sent in it. It is so weird! I don'tget any replies when my group SMS is off.
    – Taylor
    Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 22:13
  • I'm afraid I still don't understand your problem. Maybe you could provide a scenario (like I did) that would best describe your situation - you could also edit your post. By the way, are you texting iMessage Apple ID emails? Or is it all phone numbers? Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 22:55
  • I'm sorry I know it's so confusing. Okay I send a group message to A(iMessage), B(SMS), C(iMessage), and D(SMS). I recieve no replies back in the group message. I recive indiviual replies from everybody, like in our own individual conversations. I am texting all phone numbers. Also, some of my contacts are saying I'm texting them using my email and some are saying it's my phone number.
    – Taylor
    Commented Dec 12, 2012 at 23:21
  • First, go to Settings > Messages > Send & Receive and make sure your phone number is checked both places. Also, turn on MMS Messaging. Are you sure your contacts are replying to the group thread and not going into a single thread with your? See if you can set up a specific test with two people - one iMessage and one SMS. Note that the group message will send as a MMS text in this case (not iMessage at all). Let me know what their feedback is. Commented Dec 13, 2012 at 0:27

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This sounds like a temporary issue. Can you reproduce it after updating the os and carrier settings?

Can you reproduce it after signing out and back in to iMessage with your appleid?

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