How to Create Contact Groups on iPhone for Sending Group Emails & Messages


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Making contact groups allows you to quickly send emails and messages to a group. If you're wondering how to send a group message or email on your iPhone, the simple answer is that, aside from installing a third-party app like Groups, you can only create groups on a PC using or on a Mac using the Contacts app. Fortunately, we've tested both methods of creating contact groups to make the process easier. Read on to learn how to create contact groups with iCloud or a third-party app as well as how to send emails and messages to your contact group.

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If you're frustrated by not being able to create a group on your iPhone, you've come the right place. This article will show you how to create a contact group, and how to send group messages, using both a third-party app called Groups as well as the iCloud service on you computer. The main difference is that in the Groups app, your data is stored locally as opposed to on iCloud. Both methods are secure and reasonably straight-forward, so ultimately the best method will be a matter of personal preference. If you've found an alternative method that you love, please share it with us in the comments below.

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How to Set Up a Contact Group with iCloud

The first thing you need to do is turn on iCloud Contacts on your iPhone if it's not already enabled, then you can create our contact group on our computer. To do this:

  1. On iPhone, open the Settings app.
  2. Select your Apple ID at the top of Settings. Then select iCloud.​

  3. Under Apps Using iCloud, make sure Contacts is toggled on. If not, toggle it on.

​That’s it. Now you’re ready to grab your computer and set up your group.

To do this on a Mac:

  1. Open the Contacts app on your Mac. You must be logged in with the same Apple ID as on your iPhone.

To do this on a PC:

  1. Open a web browser and visit
  2. Log in using your Apple ID and Password.

  3. Click Contacts.


Now you're ready to create your contacts group on either your Mac's Contact app or on

  1. Click All Contacts on the top left side of the screen. On the bottom, click the + icon.
  2. Choose New Group

  3. Enter the name of your group.

​Now that you’ve created the group, you just need to add contacts to your group:

  1. Click All Contacts again.
  2. Drag and drop the contacts you'd like to add to your new group.

  3. Click on your new group to make sure the correct contacts were added.

Your new contact groups are now available on your iPhone, iPad, and any other iCloud-connected devices. You can view your contact groups on iPhone by opening your Phone app, tapping Contacts, and selecting Groups in the upper left corner. Scroll down for a step-by-step guide on sending messages and emails to your contacts group.

How to Create a Contacts Group on an iPhone (Groups App)

If you don’t have access to a computer, or if you don’t use iCloud, you can download the app Groups by Qbix, Inc. instead. The app is free (with optional in-app purchases) and allows you to use your iPhone contacts and phone capabilities while organizing those contacts by friends, family, groups, and more. The people you’re communicating with don’t need the app to receive your messages or calls.

  1. When you open the app for the first time, it will ask for permission to access your Contacts. Tap OK.
  2. It will also want to send you notifications, choose Yes or No.

Once you've completed the setup tutorial, follow these steps to create a new group:​

  1. Tap the +icon on the bottom right.
  2. Tap New Group.

  3. Enter the group name.
  4. Tap No Contacts - Add Some.
  5. Tap any contacts you want to add to the group. Tap a contact a second time to unselect the contact.
  6. Tap Done in the upper left corner to add the selected contacts to your new group.

  7. Tap Done to complete the group.

The biggest downside to using this app is that it only gives you so many free group messages before asking you to upgrade to premium. However, the group you create within this app will show up in your Contacts thereafter, so you don’t need to use the Groups app to send messages, just to create the group.

How to Email Your Contact Group on iPhone

  1. Open the Mail app on your iPhone.
  2. Start a new draft by tapping the new email icon in the lower right corner.
  3. In the To: line, begin to type the name of the contact group you’re trying to email. Locate your group name and tap Group.

  4. *Note: Make sure your contacts include email addresses. If a contact only contains phone numbers then you won't be able to include that contact in the group email.
  5. Once you’ve select the group, simply type up your email, add a subject line, and tap Send.

How to Send a Message to Your Contact Group

  1. Open the Message app.
  2. Start a new thread by tapping the composition icon in the upper right corner.

  3. In the To: field, being typing the name of your contact group.
  4. Tap on the Group.

  5. Type your message and tap the send arrow.

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