Do you struggle with having your family messages and photo sharing on multiple devices (iphones, tablets, android) and trying to set up a Family Group Chat for sharing photos, announcements and updates? We’ve all been there and it’s not fun. Uncle John’s phone doesn’t reply to the group and Aunt Jane is on Android so her messages always show up differently for the rest of the family. Trying to share a picture from the family reunion with everyone is a frustrating experience and feels like an impossible task.
We recently discovered the best way to set up a Family Group Chat and it’s called Bubble (check it out here). Here’s how I did it (and how you can too….for free).
Step 1: Get the Bubble App
You can install it from the App Store or Google Play Store or by texting the word ‘Bubble’ to 41411. Once you’ve installed the app you’ll be asked to verify your name and phone number (or email) so you can set up your first group.
Step 2: Name your Group
Once you’ve got the app installed you’ll set up your first group. You can call it whatever you’d like ‘Smith Crew’ or ‘Best Family Ever!!!’. You can also use emojis to keep the name fun.
Step 3: Invite Your Family
Now you just tap on the ‘Add People’ icon on the upper right and add your family members. They’ll each get a text inviting them to your new family group and after they install the app, they are in.
Step 4: Go Live
This is the feature we’ve used the most. With the kids and grandkids, it’s fun to let someone ‘go live’ for big and little moments and we can all be a part of it. Knowing that it’s just us in the group has allowed us to share some very special moments and keep the family close, even when we are spread out all over the country.
Bonus: Bubble works and looks the same on all devices so whether you’re on Android or iPhone, your experience is the same. This is especially helpful when you’re planning a family dinner or need to hear back from everyone. There are also read receipts which means that you can easily seen everyone that has read the message. I’ve found this especially helpful when making family announcements.
Double Bonus: Not having a giant string of family texts cluttering my messages has been very nice. My family crew is all on Bubble and my messaging app is for the one to one communication. Sharing photos is easier now too.
Give Bubble a try and share what you think in the comments below. You can install it from the App Store or Google Play Store or by texting the word ‘Bubble’ to 41411. What are some of the other ways you stay in touch with family?