How to Send a Mass Text Using Various Platforms

Dikran Seferian

Dikran Seferian

Content Writer

Published: Apr 21, 2023

How To Send A Mass Text

Knowing how to send mass texts is an essential part of business communications. Whether you’re running an online store, a bed and breakfast, or any other operation, you’ll want to connect with your audience as efficiently as possible. While one-on-one messaging with individual customers is ideal if you’re responding to inquiries, it’s far from practical when it comes to reaching out to groups of people at once. And that’s why you have mass texting

Sending a mass text is a fairly straightforward process that doesn’t take more than a few minutes. It generally involves opening the messaging platform, selecting the recipients, composing the text, and scheduling it to go out. The exact procedure depends on the service, application, or operating system that you’re using.


How to Send Mass Texts on iPhone

The process of bulk messaging largely depends on the platform you’re using. This includes the device and operating system; the steps slightly vary between iOS and Android. Here’s how you can send mass texts on an iPhone using the default SMS feature and a third-party application:

Using the Native Messaging Functionality

Before sending a bulk SMS message from your iOS phone, you’ll first need to switch off iMessage. To do this, go to “Settings,” select “Message,” and tap on “Turn off iMessage.” You can now move on to sending a mass text. 

  1. Open the native messaging app on your iPhone

  2. Select “New Composition” in the top right corner

  3. Enter the first recipient in the “TO:” field and tap on the plus icon to add more from the “Contacts” list

  4. Compose your message and hit the send button

Using a Separate App

While the default messaging app is simple to use, it doesn’t allow you to personalize your messages. Luckily, there are various mass texting apps such as Hit Em Up that offer that capability. Simply download the app from the App Store and follow these steps:

  1. Open the app and choose the recipients from the “Contacts” list. You also have the option of creating a group within the app.

  2. Type your message and personalize it by inserting tags like “[firstname]” and “[lastname]”

  3. Tap on “Preview/Send” 

From the recipients’ end, the messages you send using Hit Em Up will appear as an ordinary SMS text. And any response you get will come individually. 

It’s worth mentioning that your recipients will not be able to see each other, whether you send the same text via a group or not. The only difference is that creating a group allows you to reach out to the same recipients whenever you need to without having to select the contacts all over again. 


How to Set Up Mass Text Messaging on Android

Figuring this out is just as easy if you’re using an Android device. The process is generally the same, but with a few different steps. And much like an iPhone, you can either use the native messaging feature or download a third-party Android messaging app

Using the Default App

Sending a bulk SMS text using an Android mobile device doesn’t take more than a few minutes. Much like sending one with an iPhone, it involves using the phone’s default messaging app. 

  1. Open the native messaging app on your Android device

  2. Tap on the three dots in the top right corner 

  3. Select “Settings,” go to “Advanced,” and then “Group messaging”

  4. Choose “Send an SMS reply to all recipients and get individual replies (mass text)”

  5. Go back and tap on “Start chat”

  6. Select “Create group,” add recipients, and select “Next”

  7. Choose a name for the group or tap on “Skip”

  8. Enter your message and tap the send icon

Using a Foreign App

Much like the native messaging app on iOS, Android’s default SMS feature has its limitations. This includes a cap of 20 or 30 recipients (depending on the phone) and no room for personalization. Specialized mass texting apps such as Multi SMS Sender and Hit Em Up remove those restrictions.

With Multi SMS Sender, you can text to multiple people—over 6,000 recipients to be exact. The easy-to-use app also allows you to import multiple contact lists that you may have in a CSV or Excel file. Other features include the option to personalize your texts, create and manage templates, and delay the messages. Plus, you can choose to either select recipients manually or collate them in a group. 


Sending Mass Texts Via Instant Messaging Apps

Besides using SMS as a bulk texting channel, it’s also worth setting up mass texting through instant messaging apps. Keep in mind that these apps have millions of active users worldwide, which is ideal if you want to meet your audience where they are. 

Mass Texting Through WhatsApp

Both WhatsApp and WhatsApp Business have a feature that you can use to reach out to a maximum of 256 recipients at the same time. It is a quick and easy process that involves creating a broadcast list. Here’s how to send mass messages on WhatsApp:

  1. Tap on the three vertical dots on the top right corner of the main screen and select “New broadcast”

  2. Choose your recipients and hit the tick icon

  3. Type your message and hit the send button. Each of your recipients will receive the text as an individual conversation

This WhatsApp marketing feature is excellent for connecting with customers who already use the platform, which shouldn’t be much of a problem considering the app’s vast user base. However, recipients need to have your phone number saved so that you can add them to the broadcast list. WhatsApp’s Communities feature may also come in handy for bulk messaging. And while it involves creating and adding groups, you can reach a much wider audience. 

Mass Texting Through Viber

There are two ways you can send a mass text using Viber: Channels and Broadcast lists. While the Broadcast feature is ideal for reaching out to a limited group of people as quickly as possible, Channels are the optimal choice for bulk messaging with Viber. It allows you to convey your message to an unlimited audience and have access to various admin tools. These include message scheduling as well as message statistics. 

  1. Open Viber and tap on the New chat icon toward the bottom right corner

  2. Select “New Channel” and tap on “Create a Channel”

  3. After naming your Channel, select the tick icon on the top right corner. 

  4. Select your recipients and tap on the tick icon again

  5. Type your message and hit send

As for sending mass text messages with the Broadcast option, here’s what the process looks like::

  1. Select the New chat icon from Viber’s main page

  2. Tap on the Broadcast icon on the top right corner next to the search icon

  3. Choose up to 50 recipients and tap on the tick icon

  4. Compose your message and send it out

Mass Texting Through Telegram

Telegram doesn’t fall behind when it comes to mass texting services. The instant messaging app has its very own Channels feature that enables users to connect with a large audience as effortlessly as possible.

Telegram boasts 700 million monthly active users and is one of the top five most downloaded apps in the world—only from personal recommendations. If your target audience consists primarily of Telegram users, it would make perfect sense to use it as part of your mobile marketing efforts. Here are the instructions:

  1. Launch the app and tap on the pencil icon in the bottom right corner of the screen

  2. Select “New Channel” 

  3. Enter a name and optionally choose a photo and description for your channel

  4. Tap on the tick icon and select the Channel type. Should you opt for “Public Channel,” you’ll need to set a public link as well

  5. Tap on the tick icon once again and add contacts. Choosing “Public Channel" in the previous steps will also allow other people to find your channel and join it

  6. Select the right arrow icon and send your first message


How to Set Up Mass Text Messaging With Dexatel

No matter how many benefits they offer, the above methods come with a fair share of limitations. Business text messaging providers like Dexatel, however, allow you to connect with a wide audience without any major challenges. You can use Dexatel’s Campaign tool for mass text messaging to a predefined list of recipients. 

To create and manage bulk messaging campaigns, follow these steps:

  1. From the navigation bar, select the channel through which you want to send messages (SMS, Viber Business, or WhatsApp Business) 

  2. Click on “Create Campaign” and choose a name for it

  3. Enter your Campaign message

  4. From the dropdown, choose the template you have created or select one of Dexatel’s default templates 

  5. Choose whether to display your “Sender Name,” “Number,” or “Short Code”

  6. Select the list of recipients. You can either do this manually, from the “Audience,” or by uploading a file

  7. Click “Send Now” to send the message on the spot or select “Schedule” to send it later