Apple® iPhone® - Turn Group Messaging On / Off

Note Good to Know:

  • iPhone uses blue bubbles to indicate iMessages or green ones for standard SMS/MMS.
  • A message addressed to multiple recipients is sent via MMS and displays 'New Group MMS'.
  • The steps below apply to the following models:
    • iPhone X / XS / XS Max / XR
    • iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
    • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
    • iPhone SE
    • iPhone 6 / 6 Plus / 6s / 6s Plus
    • iPhone 5 / 5c / 5s
    • iPhone 4 / 4s


Note Group messages sent as MMS use data.

  1. From the Home screen, navigate: Settings Settings icon > Messages Messages icon.
  2. From the SMS/MMS section, tap the Group Messaging switch to turn on Switch On or off Switch Off.
    Note When turned on:
    • Multi-recipient text messages are converted to MMS messages.
    • Recipients of group messages with capable devices can see everyone who received the message and 'reply all'.
    Note When turned off:
    • Multi-recipient text messages are sent as SMS messages.
    • Message recipients can't 'reply all' nor are they able to see a list of the message recipients.