GroupMe Social Networking App Review (iOS, Free)


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- Emoji in the home tray!
- Improved Accessibility (Text input respects Dynamic Text Size)
- Bug fixes

Customer Ratings

Current Version:
197 Ratings
All Versions:
13836 Ratings
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GroupMe is the best way to chat with everyone you know. It's free, whether you're talking to a group of friends, or texting with one person. Best of all, it works on nearly every phone, with a smartphone app or via SMS. With GroupMe, it's easy to reach anyone, anytime, anywhere.

On GroupMe, you can catch up with your family, get a group together for a night out, coordinate with co-workers, or just gossip with a few of your closest friends. Think about it like your own private Twitter, just for the people you really know. Or like a faster, better reply-all email.

No matter how you think about it, "you won't know how you lived without it once you give it a shot." -Gizmodo

Now a part of the Skype family.
Chat with a group

- Start groups with the people already in your phone's address book… no need to remember usernames or PINs.
- The conversation starts instantly. The app uses your data connection, so even iPod touches and iPads can join in on the fun.
- When you have a poor connection, the app will let you start receiving your messages via SMS instead. You'll never miss a thing!
- Share the group with people you want to join with a simple URL. It's perfect for when you don't have everyone's phone number — or when you're not sure who will want to chat with you.

Get fancy with it

- Share photos inline – take them on-the-go or choose them from your Camera Roll. Check out the Gallery to see all the photos shared in each group.
- Send GroupMe exclusive FREE emoji in your groups and direct messages.
- Attach your location to any message so nobody gets lost.
- Give your group an avatar — choose anything that represents your group.
- Tap the heart next to any message to "like" it and spread some love.

Send a private message

- Take your private conversations outside the group.
- It's just like free texting… send all the messages you want and you'll never pay a cent.

Connect the app just once, and we'll keep you up to date with push notifications. No need to log in every day… it just works.

Hey, we want to hear your feedback! Direct your questions and feedback to [email protected].
You can also find us on Twitter (@GroupMe) and Facebook:


Team GroupMe

NOTE: SMS chat currently available in US only. Standard text messaging rates may apply.

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Customer Reviews

  • pretty good, not perfect

    by oldsmile

    notification settings are imperfect and not comprehensive.

  • Great messaging app for groups

    by LD9315

    Very helpful app in communicating to large groups of people, on different platforms. Sometimes the notifications are spotty, but usually it's pretty solid. I like that the admin can add users to the group but won't keep sending messages to anyone if they don't reply. It keeps the app from being annoying. Great app, all in all.

  • Good app but major flaw

    by stisul

    This is a great app for messaging across multiple mobile platforms but I have come across one major issue. I changed my phone number and now the new owner of my old number is getting the messages! Within the app there is no way to change your phone number. Without access to a regular computer it is not possible to change your number for this app! I will probably have to create a new account and lose all my messages and groups.

  • Great app.

    by SNOputa

    I liked using it alot.

  • Minor changes could make it better

    by Bethanie Loffredo

    I wish that when a notification popped up on my lock screen instead of saying GroupMe it said the name of the chat it was from and then the persons name Everything else is great!

  • Good, but cannot load pics

    by Dardeez

    Can't download more pictures when I get to the end and it says "load more." I know that there are more pictures we shared in our GroupMe and I cannot view them anymore. Disappointing.

  • Love it

    by Classi_cass

    Great app to connect with a group of friends & la familia!! ❤ it...

  • Awesome app

    by Flsungirl

    Great way to communicate with classmate near and far.

  • Great app

    by Bmlggbmjf

    Works perfectly for my needs. Its great to be able to turn off notifications for a group. Only thing I would add is for the ability to lock the groupchat so no one else can join and the option to permanently ban someone from the group by majority vote.

  • Notifications

    by BHuynh_27

    I've had nods ya so I switched to SMS settings but now that I have data back group me doesn't send me notifications through the app.

  • I love this app!

    by OK Gleek

    It allows me to talk to all of my friends I want, without crashing up like texting did!

  • Notifications???????

    by Jovannii Blondone

    I get no push notifications at all if it wasn't for looking at the numbers on the icons I wouldn't know I have messages

  • Gotta add some features

    by drow93

    I like this app but I want to get notifications to the lock screen without my phone vibrating or making a sound, it does that way too often with this app and the only option is to turn off all notifications but I don't like that because I'll miss too many messages.

  • Great

    by Angry rage mode

    Works just fine for me. Great alternative to iMessage. Give it a try

  • It's okay

    by Chenamy95

    It's kind of slow, and not that special compared to Whatsapp

  • Great app!

    by three1ooh

    a must have

  • Great app

    by Rochelle Green

    Great communication app for my small groups!

  • Good app

    by I hate puppies

    Basic and functional, this app is perfect for guild based games. Nice work!

  • Good when not crashing

    by Annonyym

    Used to like this app, but the frequent crashes (since the new OS update?) are driving me nuts.

  • Needs more tweaking

    by Yuxke

    Useful app, but this current version crashes several times before I can view the chat as I open the app.


    by Tatl128

    It won't even accept my email address!

  • Nightmare

    by awful10

    Warning. This is not a group text app it is a group chat app. All group members will receive all reponses of group members. Used it for a large group and members received up to 130 reponses. Total nightmare.

  • Seriously?

    by jthinson95

    I have used this app for a while now and used to never give me problems. Ever since the last update, however, my contacts are not getting updated and the only way to add someone to my group is through links phone numbers or emails. Cant just add someone that is already a friend on groupme. Seems like it gets worse each update. Update before last it caused the app to crash a lot. Now i cant add friends! About to find new app!!

  • Glitch

    by Ceisen

    The app no longer allows you to receive update through SMS messaging alone. This becomes an issue because you either have to 1) reset it every 48 hours; or 2) make sure that your data plan is turned on or on wifi to receive messages. The app would be great, but because of this has become completely unreliable.

  • Great app

    by jweebz

    Great app overall. I appreciate the texting features primarily. However, it would be nice to do more things with our group besides text. We find that our group is constantly planning around eachothers schedule. It would be really nice to be able to create a shared schedule with the group.

  • Best talking app

    by Anonymous3wfjkvr4

    This is the only app that made it easy for me to contact my friends and family. Easy to use and understand

  • Great way to keep up with my riding buddies

    by TraintheTrainer

    It's a glitchy, but overall, it's a fantastic app for the 6 guys I ride with to post nonsense our wives don't want to hear, plan rides and brag about the new gear we purchase for our machines. Good fun!

  • Freezes a lot.

    by Rboehm27

    Good app but it frequently freezes so I have to restart my iPad to be able to use it again.

  • Great for work

    by markholladay 

    We use this to get information to everyone at my job. It works great to keep everyone informed.

  • Does everything I need it to do.

    by This app is not for me.

    I like this app because it does everything I need it to do. In an emergency, when email is not available, I can still communicate with my team. It has ever failed to do its job.

  • Keeps crashing

    by Mehmet_Sahin

    I unfortunately can't get the app to open anymore without it crashing immediately.

  • Force Closes

    by Makayland

    It is constantly force closing on my iPhone 4

  • Battery killer

    by Scott1233

    App works fine, but significantly drains my battery. It was so bad I had to uninstall.

  • Ridiculously buggy

    by WestAlex

    It just crashes. Not usable.

  • Confused

    by FroggieLuvr<3

    Love this app because it makes reaching my whole club easier, but I'm struggling to get some people to join, leaving them uninformed of important information. The messages I try to send them to rejoin once they've timed out, don't send, and the link doesn't always link them correctly. Please help! Maybe it has something to do with the stability of large groups? Not sure.

  • Battery Hog!

    by Edward

    Installed this app as required by my employer but I just had to uninstall it as it continuously polls for messages in the background EVEN with the background app refresh on settings is disabled. Good app but the message polling is crazy of often and you will end up ruining your phone's battery life!

  • Great way to mms!

    by K. M.

    Fantastic app, latest version fixed a lot of the bigs

  • poor

    by bands&stands

    it lags and crashes / force closes every time I try to open and use this app

  • Unreliable but ok

    by Yjvoss

    It's not a bad messaging system just annoying for instance it takes me like 8 tries just to open the app, I don't get notifications when I should just when it feels like I should and also at times it just randomly closes... At first I thought it was just my iPhone but my friend who is in my group who has a Samsung has the same problems as me, and I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling still theses issues persist, hope u can fix because its a really cool app.

  • iOS 5.1.1

    by Gtuguyvutfvyu

    Should be ios 5.1.1 compatible!!!!!!

  • Great way to group chat

    by SFSF girl

    Great alternative to texting

  • Good App, Needs Major Update ASAP!

    by MusicisTherapy143

    Great App, there needs to be an update for the bigs that are causing the continuous crashing of the app and the app force closing

  • Buggy & Slow

    by Mrjbmiller

    Great concept, but continues to be slow, uses a lot of data, and often unable to login online. Will continue to use this, but considering and testing other group apps in the interim. Doesn't seem to work on wifi, only really works on mobile data network (3G is what I have). Many high percentage of fellow users are having difficulties with GroupMe. Tech support very cordial and responsive, but no working solution arrived at.


    by TyK0828

    Isn't working at all. Doesn't load, doesn't bring up my account, I couldn't even change my picture.

  • It's not relentless enough in notifying you you have notifications.

    by Krystle Ann

    Recently my place of employment decided this was better to use than a fb group for messages about shifts, shows, events, etc. Quite frankly, this app doesn't cut it. Once you get a message, if you miss it, it doesn't care. It doesn't annoy you relentlessly the way, say, a fb anything would. With big red alerts and numbers in red on your screen until you read whatever it was. This should be like that. It doesn't do that. I've missed some important correspondence do to this app's gentle approach to reminding it's users something has been posted. Get it together y'all.

  • awesome!

    by Awp022

    Spectacular !!!

  • Not bad at all

    by Confident cactus

    Very fast and keeps you notified with those you talk to.

  • Good app

    by Jaime Colon


  • Crashes far too much

    by Soccerspeed914

    Good app. Love the ability to communicate with my groups. BUT, the app itself crashes almost every time I click it when I hadn't been on it in maybe an hour. I'll have to try 2-5 times before it opens. Even when it does open, it takes a LONG 15-20 seconds before any text shows up. It didn't used to be this hard to use the app.

  • Crashes

    by ExTouchUser

    I can't even open this app :( I tap it on the menu to launch the app and then it shows the white blank screen with the tabs and stuff of the app. It stays like that for like 10 seconds and then finally crashes. I have to keep repeating this like 15 to 20 times until it finally does open up. Honestly, it's not worth dealing with this. You'd be better off finding some other instant messaging apps instead.

  • Good but

    by [Y]ates

    Awesome app, but give an option for the creator to choose whether or not the members of the group can add/remove people from the group. It would be much appreciated!

  • Useful but faulty

    by Wil Glaser

    The app's interface is a lot more convenient than a traditional group text. However, it crashes (sometimes wont even start, taking five or more openings to do so) frequently on my 3GS. Also, there is no way to edit existing contacts within the app, other than deleting them from the conversation and adding a new edited contact.

  • Can't Even Open!

    by Allie Katlin

    I love this app, but I can't even open the app since I updated it. It crashes every time! Please fix this.

  • Crashes

    by Bobbo627

    Haven't been able to use it for over a week due to constant crashes, and when it does work it runs slow as sin on my iPhone 4 (ios7). Other than those glaring faults, it's a very useful app in coordinating with groups from school or work.

  • Excellent.

    by Ummmnnnrrrrrr

    One of the best apps out there right now.

  • Very good concept, but very buggy

    by Testing95321

    I really like the way this app has been set up. It follows very well and easy to navigate. The biggest problem with it is that it crashes all the time! Hopefully this will be fixed.

  • Notifications

    by CXIXVII

    I would like to have the ability to see the number of messages I've missed in the groups I have muted.

  • Need a delete function

    by Amaziiinggggg

    It's annoying that you can't delete a photo or text from a group conversation. Still waiting for this function

  • I don't like this App

    by Amber Hall

    The app crashes EVERY time I open it! Its slow, and sometimes messages don't show up in the app, but i get a notification saying a message has come through. TERRIBLE APP!!!

  • Super awesome

    by Angrydude12

    What a great app!

  • Great functionality

    by Mateo onetwothree

    Great functionality and useability! Keeps you connected to your groups, and has good integration with the iPhone!

  • Awesome

    by Ajl3979

    I love this app so much. I use it for all of my nursing group projects. Never had a problem

  • Good and irritating.

    by Harley2513

    Ok, good app. However, I had ok internet, but the messages wouldn't send. So now they're stuck there asking me if I want to resend. Along with that I can't delete any messages without deleting the whole conversation.

  • Can't even login

    by Luloi kuaini

    I am trying to sign up with Facebook and it's not even allowing me to click the email address part. Poor programming from a fellow computer scientist....

  • App does not function

    by glimadoll

    When I first downloaded GroupMe, it only crashed every other time I opened it. As if this wasn't bad enough, for the last week the app will not even open at all and just crashes when you even try. This version is completely broken and needs an update immediately

  • Works, but not well

    by LemonPaper

    I really wish they'd sort out the stability of this app. It crashes a lot. It has other bugs too. The app is useful when it's not crashing though.

  • Great app for group communication

    by Quamrul Tipu

    Just love it!!!

  • Please add this option

    by Bebop6108

    This is a great app my friends and I use it for game play with a lot of other apps to coordinate a game plan for our battle weekends one feature we'd love to see added is the option to either block someone from rejoining the group/s or have an option for the creator so he/she could lock the group so no one can rejoin unless the group is unlocked

  • Hoo Hum App

    by kelschjosh

    I use this app to talk amongst my peers who work in sales. It works ok but I wish it wasn't so buggy when I tried to copy and past text. Also, where is the option to edit your post? An absolute must in my opinion.

  • No notifications

    by Boredazz

    Tried everything. Reinstalling, unmuted, tried switching to SMS text, tried every option. I don't get any notification on new msgs

  • Need to fix bug

    by Lik__

    I can't get into my group me. Every time I try to open it, it opens then closes before I can even look at the messages

  • Great!

    by Dlittlechica

    Great and Awesome

  • Wonderful app

    by TARA244

    Totally helpful for keeping teammates, friends, and family in the loop for parties, gatherings, holidays or last minute plans. Love the fact that everyone can chip in on the cost in one easy place even from miles away. Just one concern is that the app in not always open when you first click on it, I noticed it to be more of a problem after the update was installed and have read thru other reviews and many others feel the same. Frustrating that it takes clicking on the app multiple times before it responds. Thanks for your concern in this matter.

  • Not bad

    by Anglodth

    Helpful tool for game chatting but has a few hiccups. The biggest one being that if you haven't been on in a few it has a problem loading up. Or if there is more than 100 messages the app will close multiple times before it figures out what it's doing. Besides that I like the picture ability.

  • One thing.

    by Hizelle

    Doesn't let you delete individual messages you sent.

  • Crashes Constantly


    The app crashes nearly every time I try to open it on my iPod Touch. Practically useless.

  • Eh...

    by Azninvazn24

    See I love the idea of the app, but it just simply crashes too much! Fix it please. My ipod 4th gen can't handle this.

  • Erased all contacts

    by LoganTheArtiste

    Erased all if my contacts when I downloaded it so I didn't get a chance to use it. Thanks a lot..

  • Good but could be even better

    by Shay the god

    I think this app is great and I've been using it since it's first started an the changes it's made since then are remarkable. However, I feel there are some places the developer can improve on. First off, the app frequently crashes upon opening and takes a few minutes to actually open up. Secondly, the app gives the ability for users to kick out other group members on this own, however the administrator(creator) of the group cannot be touched. The developers should consider changing this feature to allow all members to be removed or make it so that no members can be removed unless on their own will. A follow up feature that the developers may want to consider are making it so that the group does not need to be disbanded when the creator leaves. These are the only major downs I have with this app. There are some additions however that I think will be well applauded by users and rather that will gain the app popularity. For example, the addition of a poll and the ability for any group member to poll a question for the rest of the group. Another good feature that would tie into your connections with Skype would be live video chats. These are just some things to look into for the future. Overall though, I think this is a great app and I look forward to the progress it'll make in the future.

  • :(

    by Ad3345

    Keeps crashing when you try to open it. App opens too slow.

  • No way to deal with harassment

    by Zomboniez

    I am being harassed constantly and it feels like there is nothing I can do about it.

  • Broken

    by Anime145

    This app has never opened for me once. My friends tell me to keep trying and that it’s buggy sometimes. Why would I want to use an app that’s broken in the first place

  • App rarely opens.

    by irandamae

    I like this app, but it would be really nice if it could open the first time I touch the icon instead of immediately crashing ten times before it finally opens.

  • Great app

    by reinoldrr


  • Enjoy the game

    by Drago332

    I've been playing this game for over 2 years now. There are program and code issues here and there but overall, I enjoy my time with my fellow players and I play several times a day.

  • Crash

    by Taco448

    It's crashes every time I try to open it. Fix it


    by Mr.Unstoppab1e

    Because of this our National Company texting is so much fun. Our synergy is stronger since we started using Group me. GREAT APP!!!


    by adamswife99

    This has been a great app...until the last update. It does not work when wifi is turned on, it doesn't send notifications even though that option is turned on, and it won't allow me to upload pics. Everyone on my network is having issues. Please address and fix ASAP!!!

  • Keeps crashing

    by Mepinkqueen

    Everytime I open the app it's crashes about 3 times then it opens

  • Ha

    by lost287

    You can't have constant SMS messaging once you download the app and create an account. So if you want to receive text messages, DO NOT download this app.

  • Great app

    by Mpb2011_porsha

    But it crashes a lot whenever I try to open it. It does it about three times before it actually opens up without crashing. Other than that, I love it. Great way to communicate with everyone at once

  • Awesome app

    by Hersheychocolate12444

    Nuff said.

  • Excellent

    by Chris Reeves ur neighbor

    with the new video and pic feature this app is absolutely awesome!!!

  • Horrible Battery Drain Since Update

    by Statusnone88

    Will change to 5 stars once the battery drain from the newest update gets fixed. Significant increase in battery drain when groupme is running. Other than that, app is great for our work related chats.

  • Sigh

    by 28%

    I cannot send or receive direct messages from several people. After countless back-and-forth emails to customer service I still cannot but he told that I can.

  • It won't open!

    by Melody Harvill

    It kicks me out like 5 times before it actually allows me to use it! I like this app, but it's really annoying how I have to keep opening it until it lets me use it -_-

  • Great Way to Group & Connect

    by VelvetB

    I really appreciate this app. I'm a business owner and this app helps me to connect with my clients and staff much better.

  • Groupme

    by Madison Ayers

    It never opens! I literally just spent 15 min trying to open the app to read my messages

  • App crashing

    by SyndeeCapri

    Every time I try to open up the app it crashes. new update please.

  • Great app to stay in touch with friends!

    by Jprice010

    My friends and I use this app to stay in touch!!! Very good app!!!

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