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Edit a number within group chat

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by DerekPixel, Apr 13, 2021.

  1. DerekPixel

    DerekPixel Lurker
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    I'm using the default 'Messages' app from google, Pixel 5.

    Group chat with several people. All of a sudden, all AT&T contacts stop receiving my messages in this group chat. After some troubleshooting, I find that having a contact without an area code is causing it.

    Angela: (123) 555 - 5678
    Bryan: 555 - 6789
    Charlie: (123) 555 - 4567

    Any group chat that includes Bryan has the issue.

    I can change the number in my contacts to add the area code, but the group chat list is not updated. It retains the original number that the group chat was started with.

    I could delete the group chat, and re-make it with the updated number. But I don't want to lose the history.

    How can I update a contact's phone number within a group chat?

    Thank you for any ideas and suggestions :)

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  2. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    I don't believe group chat has that option
  3. DerekPixel

    DerekPixel Lurker
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    So if somebody changed phone numbers, for example.... You would have to delete the group chat and remake it to get them on?

    That's unfortunate.
  4. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Can you not just create a new chat with the same people (including the updated number)?

    I don't use Google's Messages app, and am not sure whether you are talking about group SMS/MMS or RCS "chat" (it supports both), so I'm just guessing here. But I know that if I create a group SMS and I've sent to the same group of people previously it adds to that existing conversation, so I'd guess that if it recognises that one of the numbers is different when you create a chat it would start as a new chat (SMS at least will be based on the number, not the contact name - I've never used RCS and don't use MMS, but would guess they are the same). Not ideal, perhaps, but it would allow you to send messages to the same group and still keep the old chat as an archive.
    #4 Hadron, Apr 13, 2021
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2021
  5. DerekPixel

    DerekPixel Lurker
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    As I start adding people to a new group chat, as soon as it recognizes all the same contacts are part of an existing group, it just auto-populates the existing group.

    Even if I type the numbers manually, it auto-recognizes the contact and merges it to the same group.
  6. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    What if you start with the number that has changed?

    It seems odd if it's using contacts to assign to a chat but ignoring the number change, given that the actual message sending depends on the numbers. Unless of course it's just using the last N digits of the number for identification and so not spotting the change in prefix (it has to use the full number for sending, so that would be rather dim, but caller ID works that way so this is possible).

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