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:
- add members
- add a group ringtone
- add a group message tone
- 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.
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