How to Pin & Unpin Contacts to the Top of the Messages App on iPhone in iOS 15

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Apple's latest iOS update, iOS 14, allows iPhone users to pin their most important contacts and group texts to the top of the Messages app, making it faster and easier to send a text message to the people you message the most. You can pin up to nine text threads, which will appear at the top of your Main Messages page as circular icons. It's quick and easy to pin a contact or group message to the top of your Messages, and, if you change your mind about it later, it's just as fast to unpin it. Let's learn how.

Related: How to Use the Improved Search Bar in Messages on the iPhone & iPad

How to Pin Your Most-Used Contacts to the Top of Your Messages List

  1. Open the Messages app.

    iphone messages app
  2. Navigate to your Main Messages page and find the contact or group message that you want to pin.
  3. Press and hold the text message (not the contact icon) from the person or group you'd like to pin.

    touch and hold text message
  4.  Tap Pin (name) at the top of the menu that appears.

    tap pin name to pin contact to top of messages app
  5. Your contact will now be pinned to the top of your Messages list.

    pinned contact at top of messages
  6. If you want to unpin your chosen contact, press and hold the icon you want to remove, then tap Unpin (name).

    tap unpin to remove contact from top of messages

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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.