Group Messaging: How to Name a Group Chat on iPhone

Group iMessages allow everyone in the conversation to communicate with each other and share information, mute notifications, or leave the group as they see fit. 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 create a group message on your iPhone in a previous article; Let's get started learning how to name a group chat on your iPhone so you can keep track of who's who in your group messages. 

Related: How to Create Group Messages on the iPhone

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You can only name group iMessages, not 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.

Create & Name a Group Message

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

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

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  • Now you'll see the option Enter a Group Name, tap it. (If you don't see the option, there is likely a group member who is not using iMessages.)
  • After you've named your group, tap Done.

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Name an Older Group Text

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

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

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.