Group messages in iOS enable users to send a single message to multiple contacts. You can add contacts, delete or remove those contacts, and leave the group.
On your iPhone or iPad, you can use iMessage groups to communicate with multiple contacts simultaneously. However, this feature doesn’t allow the recipients to respond to all the contacts in the group. This complete guide aims to discuss almost everything related to group messages on iPhone. From starting a group message to renaming the group and muting or leaving the group chat.
How to Use iMessage Groups on iPhone and iPad: Start, Send, Rename, Mute or Leave Group Message
If you are using an Android device, you can follow a different guide to use iMessage on Android.
- Create a iMessage Group
- Rename iMessage Group
- Add Contacts to iMessage Group Chat
- How to Mute a iMessage Group
- How to Leave iMessage Group Chat
- Remove Contact from iMessage Group
How Many Types of Group Messages Are There?
Apple has created a smart operating system that offers you three types of group messages: group iMessage, group MMS, and group SMS.
When you send any of the above group messages, the smart iOS quickly understands your network connection, recipients’ settings, and carrier plan.
Apple sends your message as an iMessage when you and your recipient have an iOS device, iMessage is turned on, and both devices are connected to Wi-Fi network or mobile data.
In case, the recipients are not using iOS devices, the group message is delivered as an MMS or SMS.
How to Start a iMessage Group on iPhone and iPad
Step #1. Open Messages app on your iPhone or iPad → Tap on the compose button.
Step #2. Start typing numbers of recipients in the field that starts with To:
Once you select the first recipient, you can see a comma next to the name/number of the contact. Keep adding recipients there.
You can also tap on that “+” sign to add recipients to the group message.
Step #3. Next, start typing your message inside the text field.
Step #4. Finally, tap on the Send button.
You have successfully started a group message conversation on your iPhone or iPad.
Name iMessage Group on iPhone or iPad
Usually, users don’t like to change the name of a group message. But they can give a new name to group message especially when they are using this feature in the office.
Step #1. Tap on Messages app on your iPhone or iPad → Tap on group conversation you have initiated recently.
Step #2. Next, tap on contacts from the top of your device screen. You can see Outgoing written below the contacts.
Step #4. Three options will appear: Audio, FaceTime, and Info. You need to tap on Info.
Step #5. This will open up Details page, where you can see NAME option. Tap on NAME and enter a group name. Then, tap on the Done.
Add Contacts to iMessage Group Conversation on iPhone or iPad
Want to add more people to your group conversation? It is pretty simple!
Step #1. Open Messages app on your iOS device → Tap on Group Message you want to add a contact to.
Step #2. Tap on group name from the top → Tap on Info.
Step #3. Under the list of contacts, tap on Add Contact.
Step #4. Now, you can add more participants to the group conversation. Then, tap on Done.
Step #5. Finally, tap on Done.
Mute a iMessage Group on iPhone or iPad
Sometimes, our friends add our numbers to group message without any permission. In this case, you may either leave that group message or mute the group message.
Step #1. Open Messages app on your iPhone/iPad. → Tap on the group message you wish to mute.
Step #2. Now, you need to tap on the name of that group from the top of your phone screen and then tap on Info.
Step #3. On the Details screen, toggle Hide Alerts option ON.
From now on, you won’t receive any message from that group.
Leave iMessage Group Chat on iPhone or iPad
To leave a group conversation, all the contacts in the group have to be using iMessage on their respective iOS devices.
Step #1. Open Messages app from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad.
Step #2. Tap on the group message you wish to leave.
Step #3. Next, tap on the group name at the top of your device screen → Tap on Info.
Step #4. Scroll down and tap on Leave this Conversation. A pop-up asks you to confirm your action. Tap on Leave this Conversation again.
Step #5. Tap on Done from the top right corner and exit the screen.
Since you have left the group conversation, you won’t be able to perform any action on the Details screen of that group.
Remove a Contact from iMessage Group Chat on iOS Device
Don’t want to involve someone in the group conversation? You can remove that contact from your group message.
Step #1. Open the Message app on your iPhone/iPad and tap on the group message.
Step #2. Tap on the group name from the top.
Step #3. Tap on Info.
Step #4. You will find all the contacts you have included in a group conversation. Swipe from left to right on the contact you want to remove.
Step #5. A remove button appears in the red background. Tap on Remove. You will be asked to confirm your action; tap again and the contact will be removed from your group conversation.
Apart from group iMessage, the Messages app allow you to use stickers and animated activity stickers if you have updated your device to iOS 12. Overall, the message group is a better way to shoot a single message to multiple users. However, it would be a one-way communication as the recipient cannot reply to all the participants in the group.
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