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  • Group chats with calling conference
  • Share media files
  • Questions and promoted groups
  • News feeds
  • Push notifications, send SMS not to lost it when poor connection
  • Needs tutorial, specially for new features (questions, promoted groups)
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Expert's Review

"Mobile communication: where's the limit?"

Reviewed by / Aug 25, 2011

GroupMe is a cross-platform phone number-based chat and SMS with push notifications

Actually, it works quite similar to other well-known phone number-based chats like Kakaotalk, Whatsapp or Pingchat!. However, it has specific features that should be taken into account. Let's zoom in it.

First off, you need to introduce your country (code) and your phone number, and then create an GroupMe account (it isn't optional). Then you get full access to the app. The first that catches your attention is the layout, which is even better than others. Actually its interface is more user-friendly, understandable and good-looking. A searching bar on the top to look for contacts and messages. A bottom bar with five tabs: Home, where you can see the open conversations.

From Contacts tab, you can see all your contacts or the ones who are already using GroupMe. You can invite friends that are not using GroupMe via SMS. Actually, from the contacts site you can send a SMS, add contacts to the a group, call them or send them a GroupMe message. What's more, you can call the "group" and start a conference (every group gets a unique virtual phone number). You can add your location and media file to other contacts. You can see all members location to any message you send.

The third tab is the "+". From there you can create a new group to talk about a specific issue, ask a question and share it or send a direct GroupMe message). Ask even through the social networks (Facebook and Twitter). People who answer don't need to join the group. From the tab "Specials" you can create groups to talk about given issues and get deals related to them. Finally, news is like a Feed or Wall where you can see things that your contacts are publishing.

One feature that we really liked is that when you have poor connection, the app can switch you to SMS. This way you'll never miss a message.

GroupMe has been developed by GroupMe, a developer who has reached great success with this app. Actually, it recently has been acquired by Skype for more than $85 million what's a proof of its reliability.

GroupMe overtakes other phone number-based chat services in many ways. It should be said that it comes up later, so it integrated all their features and added new ones. However, the questions, the promoted groups, the "news feed" and the conference calling are really good ideas that others don't even have thought. The only flaw is that GroupMe will be a choice to take into account if your group of friends are already using it. That's it, it depends of the amount of people that uses it. In this sense, it doesn't overtake so far the competitors.

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Developer's original description available here
GroupMe - the free, simple way to stay connected with those who matter most.

Family. Roommates. Friends. Coworkers. Teams. Greek Life. Bands. Faith Groups. Events. Vacations.

“Lifechanger.... utterly indispensable”

Add anyone to a group via their phone number or email address. If they are new to GroupMe, they can start chatting over SMS immediately.

You’re in charge! Choose when and what type of notifications you receive. Mute specific chats, or the entire app – you can even leave or end group chats.

Go ahead – fall in love with our exclusive emoji.

Meme images, search and send GIFs, and see content shared from URLs displayed in the chat.

The gallery saves your memories. Easily explore the photos and videos shared in your group now, or later.

With direct messages, you can use all the features you love for group chat, but one-on-one. It’s like texting, but better.

Including from your computer at

Whether separated by a hallway or a hemisphere, GroupMe allows you to stay in touch with the connections that count. Get your group together.

We want to hear your feedback!
Twitter: @GroupMe
Instagram: @GroupMe

Team GroupMe

NOTE: SMS chat currently available in US only. Standard text messaging rates may apply.
Privacy Policy:
Made with love in New York
a member of the Skype family

Recently changed in this version

We know you’ve been waiting a long time and we thank you for your patience, but today we are proud to announce:

-VIDEO SHARING for devices running Android 4.3 or higher!!! Record or upload videos up to 30 seconds with your group chats and direct messages.

-Also, we fixed some stuff: you can now view GIFs full screen and re-meme images.

Thanks for using GroupMe! If you have feedback or are encountering any issues, we want to hear about it: #)

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Comments and ratings for GroupMe
  • (70)

    by Joshua Mustacchio on 27/05/2015

    Can't delete conversations anymore with last update. Fix that and it will be a 5 star

  • (70)

    by Andy Battenfield on 27/05/2015

    Very easy to use. One thing I would like to do is change a person's contact name after group has been made. I have not figured that out yet.

  • (70)

    by MeaResea Homer on 27/05/2015

    Compared to a similiar instant messaging app I use, Kik, this app definitely wins me over. I love the "like comment" feature, having a different avatar and nickname for each chat I'm in, and I love the versatile emojis. Sometimes the app can be a bit sluggish, but it is not too much of a hassle.

  • (70)

    by Amber Pullie on 27/05/2015

    Only problem I can think of is how short the videos have to be but besides that great group messaging app!

  • (70)

    by Norma McFadden on 27/05/2015

    Would love the videos sharing feature go longer than 30 secs. other than that...i absolutely love this app!!!

  • (70)

    by Giomar Oquendo on 27/05/2015

    But they have uf emojis and none for FSU. That will cost you at least 2* everytime!

  • (70)

    by Herbert Washington on 27/05/2015

    Love it

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