How to Tag Contacts in a Group Chat on Your iPhone (New for iOS 14)

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Learn how to make sure you get someone's attention when you want them to see a message in a group chat. Sometimes you want to make sure a particular person or people within a group chat sees your message to the group. With iOS 14, Apple has added the ability to tag contacts in a group text, so you can make sure someone gets notified whenever you mention them in the chat. Let's get started learning how to tag a contact in a group chat, including a few important details to keep in mind.

Related: How to Create a Group Chat & Add or Remove Members on Your iPhone

How to Use Tagged Chat Contacts to Reduce Annoying Group Text Notifications

We've written several articles about how to use the group chat feature on your iPhone, including how to add someone to a group text and how to leave a group chat on your iPhone. We've also gone over how to turn off notifications for a group chat. Here's how to tag contacts in your group chat so they get notified of your text. 

There are a few things to remember about this iOS 14 feature:

  • This only works if everyone in the group chat is using an Apple device.
  • The person you tag must already be included in the group chat.
  • You can tag more than one person in a message.
  • You can hide alerts for a group message and still receive tagged alerts.
  • If you turn on Do Not Disturb or disable all Message notifications, you won't receive tagged message alerts.  
  1. Open the Messages app, then open the group chat where you'd like to tag a contact. 
  2. When composing your message, type the @ symbol before the name of the contact you want to tag, with no space between the symbol and the name.

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  3. Once you type a space after the contact name, it will turn blue to indicate the tag is successful. 
  4. Once you finish your message, hit the Send icon as usual.
  5. Your contact will receive a notification and can respond to your message within the group text. 

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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.