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

Whether you’re planning an event or throwing a surprise party, iMessage group chat is a great way to keep in touch with a group of people.

In an iMessage group chat, multiple people can receive and reply to these messages all in the same conversation thread.

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.

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How to Make a Group Chat

Make sure 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.

1. Launch the Messages application and tap the Compose icon in the top right corner.

iMessage conversation threads

2. Enter the contacts’ names that you want to add to the group chat or tap the Add (+) button to search through your contacts.

New iMessage

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.

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

1. Open Messages, select a group text message, and tap on the top section of the thread where the names appear.

Group Message showing Info button

2. Tap the Information circle (i), then tap Change Name and Photo.

Group Message with Change Name option

3. Type in a name. then tap Done in the top right corner.

Enter a Group Name page for group message

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

How to Add Someone to a Group Chat

Follow these steps to add someone to a group chat:

1. Open the group Messages that you want to add someone to. Tap on the top section of the thread where the names appear. Tap the Information circle (i).

iMessage group information

2. Select Add Contact.

Add contacts to group chat

3. Enter the name of the person you want to add, tap the Add (+) button to search your contacts, then tap Done in the top right corner.

Add someone to a group chat

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. Make sure you type it the way you have it in your contacts. When the name turns grey, tap it to select the contact.

Mentioning someone in a group chat

3. You can also type @ and then the name without space. The contact will pop up for you to select. For example, if Sherly is a member of your group, type “@Sherly.” Tap the up arrow to send your message.

Mentions in iMessage group chat

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. Touch and hold a message bubble, then tap Reply.

Group chat inline reply button

3. Type in your message, then tap Send.

Inline replies in a group chat

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

Inline reply in iMessage group chat

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. Tap on the top section of the thread where the names appear. Tap the Information circle (i).

iMessage group information

2. Touch and swipe left on the name of the person you would like to remove from the group chat. Tap Remove.

Remove someone from a group chat

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. Tap on the top section of the thread where the names appear. Tap the Information circle (i).

iMessage group information

2. Tap Leave this Conversation, then tap it again.

Leave a group chat

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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