How to Make a Group Chat on iMessage (Step-by-Step)

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Staying in touch with the groups of people who mean a lot to you is crucial. Thankfully, using group chats is easy with iMessage and allows you to talk with multiple people all in one thread. Below, we will teach you how to make a group chat on iMessage.

Before you begin, check that your Apple device has the latest version of iOS, macOS, or iPadOS, which will ensure you can use all features of group messages.

You will also want to ensure that any group chat member is using an Apple device with iMessage turned on. Otherwise, not all of the features of group messaging will be accessible.

How to Make a Group Chat

Ensure that your device has the latest version of iOS, macOS, or iPadOS. If there’s any available update for your device, go ahead and install it. This will ensure you can use all features of group messages.

Here are the steps for creating a group chat:

Make sure that iMessage is on: Go to Settings > Messages > iMessage. A green/white toggle means iMessage is active on this device. If the toggle is white/grey, tap on it to enable iMessage.

  • Open the Messages application and tap the Compose icon in the top right corner.
  • Enter the contacts’ names that you want to add to the group chat or tap the Add (+) button to search through your contacts.
  • Type the first message and then tap Send.

How to Name a Group Chat

If you’re part of multiple group chats it can be difficult to find the right group chat or easy to pick up the wrong one. You don’t want to do that.

With the release of iOS 14, Apple made it easy to name a group chat. That way you know which chat to send memes to and which to check on your project with your colleagues.

These steps below will help you give your group messages a memorable and relevant name to make them easier to find.

  1. Open Messages and tap on a group text message.
  2. Tap on the top section of the thread where the names appear.
  3. Tap the Information circle (i), then tap Change Name and Photo.
  4. Type in a name.
  5. Tap Done in the top right corner.

You can use Siri’s talk-to-text feature to send message to the group by using its name.

How to Add Someone to a Group Chat

Do the following to add someone to a group chat:

  1. Open Messages and tap on a group message.
  2. Tap on the top section of the thread where the names appear.
  3. Tap the Information circle (i).
  4. Select Add Contact.
  5. Enter the name of the person you want to add or tap the Add (+) button to search your contacts.
  6. Tap Done in the top right corner.

How to Mention Someone in a Group chat

  1. Open Messages and tap on a group message.
  2. Type in the name of the person you want to mention, which should be spelled the way you have it in your Contacts.
  3. You should see their name turn grey. Tap on the name and select the contact.

OR

  • Type @ and then the name, no spaces, and continue with the message and send. For example, if Sherly is a member of your group, type “@Sherly.” Tap the up arrow to send the message.

How to Use Inline Replies in a Group Chat

When messaging on an iPad or iPhone, you can use inline replies to call attention to a specific message. A new thread will be created in response to the message you select.

  1. Open Messages and tap on a group message.
  2. Touch and hold a message bubble, then tap Reply.
  3. Type in your message, then tap Send.

If you tap an inline reply you’ll view all the messages in that thread.

How to Remove Someone from a Group Chat

Managing an iMessage group chat is not always fun and things can go out of control before you know it.

From people sending random GIFs and incessant memes to trolling other people in the group chat, you may find yourself in a position to remove someone from a group chat.

Follow the steps below to kick someone out of an iMessage group chat:

  1. Open Messages and tap on a group message.
  2. Tap on the top section of the thread where the names appear.
  3. Tap the Information circle (i).
  4. Touch and swipe left on the name of the person you would like to remove from the group chat.
  5. Tap Remove.

Remember you can only remove someone from a group chat if there are already three or more people in the group.

How to Leave a Group Chat

Participating in a group chat can also be annoying especially those active groups with a bunch of people. In a situation like this, you may want to remove yourself from this iMessage group chat.

Follow the steps below to leave a group chat:

  1. Open Messages and tap on a group message.
  2. Tap on the top section of the thread where the names appear.
  3. Tap the Information circle (i).
  4. Tap Leave this Conversation, then tap it again.

Conclusion

Group messages are a great way to stay connected with family, friends, and coworkers in an easy format.

Especially with Apple’s latest iOS 14 software, more features are available than ever to interact with those you want to keep in touch with.

Have a question or concern about group messages? Please, leave a comment below!

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