Group Messaging: How to Name a Group Chat on Your iPhone

Group messaging is a convenient way for everyone in the conversation to communicate with each other and share information. If you belong to or have started several group text conversations, it's important to be able to see at a glance which chat is which, so you don't send the wrong comment to the wrong group! We've gone over how to make a group chat, and how to leave a group text. Now, we'll show you how to add group chat names to each group message on your iPhone, so you can easily find your text thread when you need it. 

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How Do I Name a Group Text on My iPhone?

You can only name group iMessages, not group MMS messages. This means that all members of the group need to be iPhone users or signed into iMessages on an Apple device such as a Mac or iPad.

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  1. Open your Messages app.
  2. Tap on the paper and pencil icon to create a new message.

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  3. After you've sent your first message, tap the tiny carrot (arrow) to the right of the number of people in your group.
  4. Next, tap the info icon.

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  5. Tap Enter a Group Name. (If you don't see the option, there is likely a group member who is not using iMessages.)
  6. Name your group and tap Done.

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How to Name or Rename an Older Group Chat 

If you'd like to name a group text that already exists, or want to give your group message a new name, here's how:

  1. Open the conversation and tap on the small carrot to the right of the group name.
  2. Now, tap on the info icon.

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  3. Tap on the existing group name and then tap the X to delete it.
  4. Enter your new name and tap Done to finish.

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Learn more tips on creating and managing group chats on Messages.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.