How to Create and Name a Group Message on iPhone

Want to start a group text message on your iPhone, but not sure how to? If you’d like to learn how to send the same message to multiple people all at once, you’re in the right place. In today’s tutorial, we’ll show you how to create and name a group text message on your iPhone.

To create a group text message on iPhone:

1. Tap Messages to start the messaging app.

On your home screen, tap Messages to launch the messaging app on your device.

iPhone Messages icon

2. Tap the New Conversation icon to open a messaging window.

When you tap the New Conversation button in the top-right corner, a new message window will open.

Start a new group message

3. At the top of your screen, type the contact information of the people you’d like to include in the group.

Type in the contact information of the people you want to add to your text message group. If the person is saved in your contact list, you can type in their name. If their contact information isn’t saved to your device, type in their phone number.

Add contacts to group messages

4. Type your message.

In the text box that appears above your keyboard on your iPhone screen, type in what you’d like to say to everyone you’ve added to your group.

Type your message

5. Tap the Arrow button to send it.

When you’re finished typing, tap the arrow button to send your message off.

Send message button

That’s all you need to do to create a group text message on your iPhone. Now, you may want to set a specific name for your group, like “family” or “teammates” to help you differentiate between conversations. Next, we’ll show you how to name a text message group.

To name a group text message on iPhone:

1. Tap Messages to launch the app on your phone.

Start up the messages app by tapping Messages on your home screen.

iPhone messages icon

2. From your list of conversations, find the one you’d like to name.

Once your messaging app opens, you’ll see a list of your conversations. Find the group conversation you’d like to name and tap it once to open it.

Find a group message

3. Tap the "i" button in the top right corner to view your group details.

To access and edit your group message details, tap the “i” button in the top right corner of your screen.

i Button

4. Tap where it says “Enter a Group Name” and type in what you’d like to name the group. When you’re finished, tap Done.

This will add a custom label to your conversation.

Name your group text

That’s all you need to do to add a name to your group message. There are a couple other things you may want to keep in mind when creating and naming group messages, so let’s cover that information next.

Notes about iPhone group text messages

1. Keep in mind that whatever you send in your group message will be visible to everyone in the group.

This may seem obvious to some people, but just to clarify, once you start a group message, whenever you send a message within that conversation, anyone in the group can read it. Be sure to only start a group text message conversation with people you know and trust.

2. When you add a name to a group message, everyone in the group will be able to see the name you’ve added.

Anyone included in your text message will be able to see the name you add to label your group, so be sure to name it something that everyone in the group will be okay with.

3. You can leave a group message if you want to.

If you don’t want to be part of a texting group anymore, you can leave the group if you’d like. Check out our how to leave a group text message tutorial to learn how.

 

Hopefully that covers everything you need to know about creating and naming group text messages on iPhone! Check out the other tutorials in our course on iPhone texting to learn more!


How to Send Text Messages on iPhone or iPad

New to text messaging, or new to using an iOS device? Want to learn how to send a text message on iPhone or iPad? If so, you’re in luck. In today’s tutorial, we’ll be walking you through the steps of how to text on iPhone.

To send a text message on iPhone:

1. Tap the Messages icon on your home screen.

This will open the main Messages app interface.

iPhone Messages icon

2. Tap the Message icon to start a new conversation.

Tapping the Message icon will open a new window where you’ll be able to begin a text chat with one of your contacts.

Compose new message button

3. Type in the phone number or name of the contact you’d like to send a message to.

At the top of your screen, tap the text box and type in the contact information of the person you want to send a text message to. If the person isn’t saved in your contact list, type in their phone number; if they are in your contact list, you can just type in their name. If you want to, you can type in more than one person’s contact information and send the same message to multiple people at once.

Enter contact information

If the person you’re messaging has an Apple device as well, your message may automatically be sent as an iMessage rather than a normal text message. Check out our iMessage course to learn more.

4. Tap the text box above your keyboard and type your message.

Now it’s time to write whatever you’d like to say. Tap the text box above your keyboard and type in your message.

Type a text message

5. Tap the Arrow button to send it.

When you’re done typing and ready to send your message, tap the Arrow button to send it to the intended recipient(s).

Send message button

Those are all the steps to sending a text message on an iPhone or iPad. All that’s left is to wait for a response! However, there are a few more things you may want to keep in mind when texting on an iOS device, so let’s go over those things now.

Notes about texting on iPhone and iPad

1. Your messages may automatically send as iMessages.

If the person you’re sending a message to also has an Apple device with iMessage enabled, your message will automatically be sent as an iMessage rather than a regular (SMS or MMS) text message. Keep in mind that iMessages will use your device’s Internet data connection, while regular text messages will not.

2. If you only have an iPad, you won’t be able to send regular SMS or MMS messages from the built-in messaging app.

If you have an iPhone and iPad, you can set your devices up such that you can forward your SMS and MMS text messages to your iPad automatically, and be able to respond to them from your iPad as well. This can also be done between an iPhone and a Mac computer. However, if you only have an iPad and not an iPhone as well, you’ll be able to send iMessages, but not SMS or MMS text messages. You can learn how to set up text message forwarding with this helpful page on the Apple website here.

3. You’ll need to turn on notifications if you want to know instantly when someone has replied.

To make sure you’re notified when someone replies to one of your messages, or starts a new conversation with you, be sure to turn on your device notifications. To do so, go into your device settings, tap Notifications, and then tap Messages. You’ll see this screen where you can customize your message notification preferences to ensure you’ll know when someone texts you.

Message notification settings

 

That’s everything you need to know about how to send text messages on iPhone or iPad. We have other tutorials as well, so if you’re interested in learning more, you may want to check out our articles on how to create a group text or how to block unwanted messages.