Galaxy S5 group messaging can be a tough nut to crack, especially if you haven’t used it before. If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s easy to forget to include someone in a group message, or (even worse) accidentally send a private message to the entire group.

Luckily, it’s not hard to master group messaging. Here’s how to make the most of this handy feature without breaking a sweat.

How to create groups

The Galaxy S5 Group Messaging feature allows you to create groups of people you want to text right within your Contacts interface.

Simply go to your phone’s Contacts app, and select the “people” icon to the left of the search bar.

  • Select the friends you’d like to add to the group
  • Within your Groups page, select “+” to create a new group
  • Give the group a name
  • Save the group to your device and to your Google account.

How to send group messages

Once you’ve saved your group, press the three white dots (you’ll see them at the top of the page, to the left of your group name).

Next, tap “send message or email”.

Once you’ve chosen this option, you’ll be prompted to choose the message recipients by tapping the small white square next to the contact name.

How to customize group messaging

You have a ringtone or unique vibration for every contact on your list; why not do the same for your new group?

Within Group settings, you can decide to:

  1. add members
  2. add a group ringtone
  3. add a group message tone
  4. add a vibration pattern

Remember, you can customize your group messaging while naming your group, but you can also customize it afterward by selecting the three white dots at the top right of the page, and using the “edit group” option.

How to save group messaging to both your phone and Google account

Google synchronization should be automatically enabled from the initial startup of your phone. When your phone is properly synched to your Google account, it automatically saves all of your important data to the cloud, including your contacts, groups, and group messages. This feature makes it easy to move between carriers without worrying about losing your data and important conversations.

To check if your group messages are being saved to both your phone and your Google account, go to Settings -> General (right tab) -> Accounts and backup.

You’ll see all of your accounts listed here. Tap on your Google account.

You’ll see your email and information from the last sync you did. Tap on that, and a list should appear of items that can be synced to Google.

Make sure “Sync Contacts” and “Sync People Details” are turned ON.

Questions about S5 group messaging? Post them in the comments below and Team Updato will help you out!

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  • Mike Short

    I am receiving texts from a group chat but they’re coming up as the individual person so I can’t keep track of who is saying what when.

    • Andrei M.

      I know this is 3 years too late, but are you sure the Group chat was configured correctly?

      To avoid 3 year late responses, our forum ( is really quick in giving you feedback and solutions!

  • When receiving a group text, how do I respond only to the sender?

  • E

    I can receive some responses to group texts from iphone users but not all. They all have the SMS, MMS and group text settings on. What else can they do?

  • nat

    How do you END a group text that you’ve sent out


    The s5 group conversation feature is dumb. (1) All recipients receiving each others’ name & number, violates privacy. (2) Unidentified replies from recipients create confusion and irritation. I want the option of replies only to the sender
    like a (Verizon) droid I once had did.

    • GGenua

      There is a left facing arrow next to the recipients at the top, touch that and the individual recipients are displayed. Select the on you want to reply to.


    UPDATE ON ABOVE COMMENT: My problem arose from using Verizon’s Message+ ap rather than the Samsung default message ap, which is set to individual replies by default, but you can check a box for group conversation if desired. I changed default message ap to Samsung Messaging.

    • Barb

      THANK YOU, Finally an answer to being able to reply to sender only. I switched to the Samsung messaging. All this time I wondered why I had 2 messaging apps. Was using Verizon all this time. Thank you again.

  • Sami sarwari

    CAN WE SENd message to a group containing a list of more than 200 contacts

  • Christine filakosky

    I love the group text but sometimes when I send a group text it says delivered to some. Why is it not delivering to all in group?

  • Amy

    How do I remove a person a group message? And how do I end an entire group message? I have the s5.

  • Viv

    I cannot see group recipients or respond to the whole group. It comes as an individual mms message and I can only respond to sender. Very irritating when trying to coordinate and I can’t respond to whole group. My husband has the same s5 but with an option to click group messages. I don’t know why I don’t. Even did a data reset and nothing happened.

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  • Lori

    How can I see the entire group conversation? I can see what the sender is texting but I cannot see what the other 2 people in the group are texting. They are all using iphones and I have a galaxy 5S.

  • DJ

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  • DR

    I group message frequently and it works flawlessly on my S4. However, any group messages from one particular contact do not show on my screen. I can see that he has sent a group message but there is only a blank bubble. Any responses from others within the group message show up fine. Is it my settings?

  • Ceechelle

    Since I upgraded to Android 5.0 from Android 4.2 on my Galaxy S5, when I go to send messages to a group, it delays sending for a long period of time. Very long. Sometimes it doesn’t send at all. I’m usually only messaging about 2 or 3 people. Words only, most of the time, not very many image attachments. Still, it won’t send to multiple individuals at once. If I send the same message to each person individually, it goes right through. Anyone experiencing this issue?

  • bri

    I sent a group text with my new phone number and my friends are asking to get out of the group text how do I remove them?

  • Vinnie

    after I upgraded I cant send a group message without getting everyones reply on one feed. I want to send a group message but each person get it individually. Before I upgraded it was easy to do and now I cant do it. This is annoying.

  • Nan

    I have Samsung S5 phones & can send group text, and continue sending and receiving texts to the group in that conversation thru replies.
    The problem, though, is I cannot reply to a group text when it was started by someone else. When I receive a text sent to me and at least one other person, my reply-send icon spins & spins for a long time. Eventually saying delivery failed.

    • Jared

      I have the same issue. My replies to group messages fail 100% of the time. I can uncheck group and reply only to the sender, but that negates the point of a group text.

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    Re mhy previous comment: My Android version is 5.1.1

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  • Jay O’Neill

    I use voice commands, now in S4/S5 there is a problem. Before I can say “send text kids” it will then pickup the group name. Now to send a group text is taking WAY TOO many taps. even without voice command its contacts then groups,then select all in groups. Very inefficient, can the group be set to default to select all ?
    When is S Voice going to implement this tap intense series in a voice command.
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    Is there a maximum number of group text messages I can send at one time on Samsung Galaxy s5? Thx.

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What's my model number?

There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool