Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Texting & Messaging GroupMe: Text Messaging for Groups Text message lists are like private chat rooms Share Pin Email Print Peathegee Inc / Blend Images / Getty Images Texting & Messaging Email Texting & Messaging Video Calls By Paul Gil Writer Paul Gil, a former Lifewire writer who is also known for his dynamic internet and database courses and has been active in technology fields for over two decades. our editorial process Paul Gil Updated October 27, 2019 24 24 people found this article helpful GroupMe, a relatively unknown member of the Skype family, is a free group text messaging service for mobile devices and desktop computers in which you can form text message distribution lists or join existing distribution lists. These lists operate as a form of high-speed discussion forum, sharing text conversations with everyone in the group. People can join and leave private groups in much the same way they enter and leave online forums. However, GroupMe goes a step further and offers direct messaging, image sharing, the option to have silent notifications or none at all, GPS location tagging, and no advertising. Anyone can send a message that is viewable by everyone else in the group. Every text message is preserved until you choose to delete or hide your messages in the future. This way, conversations are stored for any latecomers to see. The GroupMe app uses web data to send and receive the text messages, but you can also choose to use SMS so that you can chat from non-smartphone devices. GroupMe provides alarm notifications that play as sounds or show as icons on your device. Who Should Use GroupMe? Nearly everyone travels everywhere with their smartphone. Much more reliable than email, text messaging reaches people for "transitory" types of communication that are time-sensitive. By putting group messaging into your pocket, you can reach people for last-minute and real-time communications. All sorts of groups can benefit from using Group Me, including: Co-workersSports teamsCollege fraternities and clubsGroups of friendsFestival and concertgoersVolunteer organizations How to Get GroupMe Lifewire To use this group text messaging service from a computer, create a GroupMe account using your email address, Facebook account, or Microsoft account. Enter your name and then, if you're going to be the group leader, start adding people to your messaging group. GroupMe iOS App. Lifewire Another way to get GroupMe text messaging is from any mobile phone or tablet. It works on iOS, Android, and Microsoft devices like Windows Phone, Windows 10, Xbox One, and more.