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  1. RyanB

    RyanB Guest

    I'm as new to GMail as I am to Android (started using both last Thursday). I've setup a group of particular people within my Google Contacts who I intend to email on a weekly basis. If I were to type in just the name of the group in the "To" field on my Droid, would GMail know to send it to the appropriate parties? If not, could would I be able to go to the GMail website from the android and accomplish the same thing?

  2. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

    Groups is one of those things I haven't really figured out yet. Anyone with any info on this please respond, it would be helpful.

    I have my contacts sorted into groups in my GMail account online, but I cannot see any way of making use of them from the phone.

    I also remember that there was another thread on the forums a couple of weeks back about this but I don't see it anymore....
  3. jraggio

    jraggio Well-Known Member

    I've been trying to figure this out too. It would be a great feature and probably not that hard. Handcent can access our gmail groups to send sms to multiple people so it would be good if the gmail app could too.

    Barring that, can I create a local contact group?

  4. RyanB

    RyanB Guest

    Contacts GroupU. I found this app that lists all the groups that you already have set up in your google contacts. It'll even load them into the "to" field of the Gmail app. You should check this sweet piece of freeware.
  5. jraggio

    jraggio Well-Known Member

    Seems cool so far. Thanks for posting. Looking forward to native support though.

  6. cv7258

    cv7258 New Member

    Try going into your contacts. Search for your group, hit the Menu button on the Droid X and a list of choices pops up at the bottom. "Send message", "Send email", "Create event". The only problem I see is that you can only have 20 contacts in a group.

    Let me know if it works...
  7. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

    You do realize that you're replying to a post that is 21 months old, when we were on a different version of Android than we are now?
  8. bberryhill0

    bberryhill0 Well-Known Member

    It doesn't work on Droid Concepts 11. Is that a GB thing?

    Only 12 days until my upgrade.
  9. DavidSaylor

    DavidSaylor New Member

    I experimented and found a way to create email groups and send to them on the android gmail program.:)
    Create a new "regular" contact and label it "XXXXXt Group" etc. On an email line add the first email, ending with the right arrow (>). Then put the comma and a space and start the second email with a left arrow (<) and finish it with a right arrow (>). Do this until the last email and leave the last right arrow off.
    Then when you create an email from this "group" the email program supplies the first and last arrow and it works!

    The line looks like this email1@email.com>, <email2@email.com>, <email3@email.com>, <email4@email.com

    I found it easier to create the groups on my laptop in the gmail program, rather than on my tablet.
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  10. swenpro

    swenpro Member

    This is ridiculous. How is it that Google, developer of Gmail, and Google, developer of Android, cannot get their act together and allow Gmail Groups to be used in their Android Gmail app??

    I'm curious, how do Google employees send messages from their Android phones to a group of their coworkers? They use some third-party app like Contacts GroupU or the phone's Contacts app? Surely this can't be so...

    Even with third-party workarounds, the lack of integration between Gmail Groups and the Android Gmail app is disconcerting. It does not allow users to simply forward an e-mail to a group of contacts. And it reveals a big, gaping hole in Google's efforts to integrate their products for a seamless user experience. Please fix this, Google.
  11. TurtleNick

    TurtleNick New Member

    Kind of tricky, but works:
    Go to Contacts > Groups > Select Group > Menu > Send Email
    Sends bulk email w/o problems.

    BTW Yes I know old post... But I needed the help Today.
  12. tomkk

    tomkk Member

    I never had a Honeycomb device. Is "Contacts" a Honeycomb app? ICS has "People" but that doesn't seem to have a "Send Mail" option. Anyone know how to do this from ICS's People?
  13. bberryhill0

    bberryhill0 Well-Known Member

    Group action.
  14. tomkk

    tomkk Member

    Thanks, not sure how to do that, though. I'm starting the People app | Groups | select the Group I'm interested in. When I do that, I have 4 icons in the top right corner of the screen: Search, Add new Group, Edit Group and whatever the 3 vertical dots are called. That one contains Delete, Import/Export, Accounts and Settings. I've done short and long presses in the corners and on the Group name. None of that gives me anything about sending mail.

    I must be missing something fundamental but not sure what it is.

    Thanks again for the help.
  15. bberryhill0

    bberryhill0 Well-Known Member

    Hmmm... The ICS I'm running only has the three dots (menu) at the top and Group Action at the bottom.
  16. tomkk

    tomkk Member

    Weird. Am I in the same starting place as you? i.e. People | Groups | select Group. Don't know why the difference. I think I'm updated to the latest, android v4.0.3.
  17. bberryhill0

    bberryhill0 Well-Known Member

    The Incredible 2 doesn't have ICS yet so I'm running a custom ROM. You would have better luck in the forum for your device.
  18. tomkk

    tomkk Member

    Yeah, good point. I saw the the old thread that had been recently revived and thought I'd give it a try. Thanks for trying ...
  19. tulipnancy

    tulipnancy New Member

    I agree. This crazy. I like to compose and proofread before filling in the "To" box. You just can't insert a Group after composing.

    What a dumb oversight.
  20. johnlgalt

    johnlgalt Antidisestablishmentarian VIP Member

    Interesting. I'm using the latest ICS leak for the BIONIC, and I can perform a variety of tasks to my group that will affect all contacts in that group.

    When i go to the people app, the slide over to the group tab, then i select the group i an interested in, and finally i hit the BIONIC's menu Softkey, and I get a menu that includes send message, send email, create event, etc.

    It works like it should on ICS

    See above for ICS.

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