Group Messaging: How to Name a Group Chat on iPhone

You can more easily find text threads if you know how to name a group text on 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'll show you how to name a group text and change the name of an existing group, so you can easily find your text thread when you need it. 

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How Do I Name a Group Text on 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 Messages on an Apple device such as a Mac or iPad. Here's how to name a group chat on iPhone.

  1. Open your Messages app.

  2. Tap on the paper and pencil icon to create a new message.

    how to name a group chat
  3. Type the names of the contacts you wish to add and send your first group text. 

  4. Tap the tiny carrot (arrow) or the number of people in your group.

  5. Tap the info icon.

  6. Tap Change Name and Photo. (If you don't see the option, there is likely a group member who is not using Messages.)

  7. Type the name of your group.

  8. Tap Done to save the group name. 

  9. Tap Done to close edit view. 

How to Change Group Chat Names

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 arrow or the group name.

  2. Tap on the info icon.

  3. Tap on the existing group name to edit and add the new name.

  4. Tap Done to save your new group name.

  5. Tap Done to close edit view. 

If you're new to group texting, you might also consider checking out how to make a group chat and how to leave a group text.

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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.