Group Messaging: How to Name a Group Chat on iPhone (2023)

Keep your group texts organized by finding out how to name a group chat on iPhone.

What to Know

  • To rename group chats, tap the contact names at the top of the thread, tap Change Name and Photo, and type a new group name. 
  • Easily rename the group chat at any time. 

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, giving them each unique names may be useful, so you don't send the wrong comment to the wrong group! We'll show you how to name a group text, 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. Also, see our article on size limits of group chats. Here's how to name a group chat on iPhone:

  1. Open your Messages app.

  2. Open the conversation you want to name and tap the number of people in your group or their icons.

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

  4. Type the name of your group.

  5. Tap Done to save the group name. 

  6. Tap Done to close edit view. 

If you would like to change group chat names again later, you can easily follow these same steps to rename your existing group chats. Next, find out how to sync messages from iPhone to Mac.

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  • Can you name a group chat with iPhone and Android? No. You can only rename group chats as long as everyone in the group is using iMessage. If another user is on an Android phone or they are not logged into iMessage, the group text will instead use MMS messages.
  • How do you leave a group chat on iPhone? Please see our guide on how to leave a group text. It is important to note that you cannot leave a group chat with only three participants, or if anyone in the group is using an Android phone.
  • Why can't I name a group message on iPhone? If any users are on an Android device or are not signed into iMessage, the group text will use MMS messages instead of iMessage. In this case, you cannot give your group chat a unique name, or leave the group.

If you're new to group texting, you might also consider checking out how to make a group chat. Next, learn how to update or change your Admin name on your Mac.

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Leanne Hays

Leanne Hays is a 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.