iOS 8 has made group messages friendlier and manageable by adding some important features. Though not much different from iOS 7, you have more options (most notably, leaving a group message or muting it).

If you’re new to iOS or if you’d like to just know how to start a group chat in the Messages app, here’s how to do that easily. Note that you’ll need to be running iOS 8. Also, group messages work for iMessage.

How to Start a Group Message in iOS 8 on iPhone and iPad

How to Start a Group Message in iOS 8 on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Open Message

Step #2. Tap on the Compose New Message icon

Compose New Message Icon in iOS 8 Message App

Step #3. Type the email-id or phone numbers to the people you want to send the message

Step #4. Type the Message you want to sent

Step #5. Tap on Send

That’s it! You have sent a group message.

It’s a group message because whenever someone replies to this message you sent, it will show up in the same screen as a thread. When all the others respond, you won’t get individual messages: instead, all of it appears on this thread.

If you have a lot of group messages going on, you’ll pretty soon find out that the conversation list can be very congested. Naming each group can help you quickly figure out who you are talking to. Here’s how to do it:

Step #1. Open the group message

Step #2. Tap on Details (top-right)

Step #3. Swipe/drag the screen down and type a name (for the group) in the Group Name text-field.

Naming Each Group in iOS 8 Message App

How to Add More People to the Group Message in iOS 8?

If you want to add a new participant/recipient to the group message, you can do that too! Here’s how:

Step #1. Tap on Details

Step #2. Tap on Add Contacts

Step #3. Add the phone numbers or email-id you want to include in the group.

Add New Contact to Group Message in iOS 8 Message App

The new member will be added to your group and will start receiving messages you send in the group.

  • Pure

    If I create a group message on iPhone 6 for the purpose of business that is between me, my husband, and the third party, then if my husband and I want to text each other on family matters, Does the third party see the conversation? How can I manage the group from private (that is two distinct subjects)? Also, I want to make sure there is no private messaging between husband and the third party. Please let me know how it works securely ASAP. Thanks for your help.

  • Jacqueline

    Is there a way for me to receive group messages without turning my data on? Even when I am connected to wi-fi I do not receive them.

  • Lyndal

    all my reply messages come up individually not within the group text message. How do i fix this?

  • Rebekah Kellogg

    I understand how to make the group chat but everytime I go to make one it won’t send out it shows the little red “!” Thing. Does all people on group chat have to have an iphone?

  • VPG82

    I have the iPhone 6 Plus and am unable to name a group message. When I tap on details and swipe down, “group name” does not come up. Can you help me? Thanks!

    • You can only name a group message when everyone is on an iOS device.

      • VPG82

        Ah. Thank you!

    • Susan

      I have the same problem. I have a group in my contacts that i can send emails to regardless of the email server, but I can’t send text to the group without adding each contact individually, unless, all the contact have an iOS devise. Really apple! Annoying. So I have to scroll through my texts to find the last time I sent to the group. Also, there is a maximum of contacts (I think it’s around 18) that you can have in one text.