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

Organize Your iPhone Contacts into Groups to Make Sending a Group Text or Group Email Easy. Here’s How to Create a Contact Group on Your iPhone Using an App or iCloud.

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Making iPhone contact groups allows you to quickly send a message or email to a group. If you've been wondering how to create a contact group on your iPhone to send a group text or email, the simple answer is that you can only create groups directly on your iPhone using a third-party group messaging app like GroupMe. If you want to create a group in the Apple Contacts app that you can use on your iPhone, you'll need to do so on a PC or Mac using iCloud.com or on a Mac using the Contacts app. We'll teach you how to create a contact group on your iPhone, both ways, to make the process easier. We've already gone over how to create a group text, how to add someone to a group text, and how to name a group text on your iPhone. Now, here's more about group messaging, including 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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How to Create a Group on the iPhone for Group Text & Group Emails

If you're frustrated by not being able to create a group on your iPhone, you've come to the right place. This article will show you how to create a contact group from your iPhone Contacts, both phone numbers and email addresses, and how to send group messages with the iCloud service on your computer. If you've found an alternative method or app for how to make a group on an iPhone and send group messages, please share it with us in the comments below. For more tutorials about how to best use your iPhone's Messages app, check out our free Tip of the Day

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How to Create a Contact Group on the iPhone for Group Texts  

How to Use GroupMe to Create a Contact Group on an iPhone

If you don’t have access to a computer, or if you don’t use iCloud, or just prefer to create your contact groups directly on your iPhone, you can download the GroupMe app instead. The app is free, and allows you to organize your iPhone contacts into groups of friends, family, coworkers, or whomever else you need to contact in a group. The people you’re communicating with don’t need the app to receive your messages or calls, and you'll be able to chat and share photos, videos, YouTube videos, tweets, emojis, and more. To begin, download the app, then:

  1. Create an account using either your Facebook or Microsoft account or use Sign in with Apple by selecting Continue with Apple.
  2. If using Sign in with Apple, choose whether to share or hide your email address, then tap Continue.

     sign up for group messages appchoose email address to send group chats from
     
  3. Choose whether to use your iPhone's number, or a different phone number.
  4. Start a New Group and name it, then choose whether or not to make it a closed group, meaning only you can change group settings.

    choose phone number to send group chats fromchoose whether to make an open or closed contact group
     
  5. Add group members and tap Done when finished.
  6. Begin chatting using your group!

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You can add or remove group members as needed, and also change the group avatar, name, and topic. If group chat members have already downloaded GroupMe, they'll need to join your group via an email invitation, like David in the screenshot above.

How to Enable Contacts in iCloud So You Can Set Up an iPhone Contact Group on a Computer 

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 a contact group on your computer. To do this:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap your Name at the top of the page.

    iphone settings appaccess icloud settings
     
  3. Tap iCloud.​
  4. Under Apps Using iCloud, make sure Contacts is toggled on. 

    icloud settingstoggle on icloud contacts
     

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

How to Create a Group in Contacts on Your Mac

The first steps of creating a Contacts group are different depending on whether you're using a Mac or a PC. To create a group in Contacts 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.

How to Create iPhone Contact Groups for Your iPhone on a PC

To set up a contact group for your iPhone on a PC:

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


     
  3. Click Contacts.



 

How to Complete Your iPhone Group Contacts (Mac & PC)

Now you're ready to create your contacts group in either your Mac's Contact app or on iCloud.com:

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

    choose New Group
  3. Enter the name of your group and tap Return on your keyboard.

  4. Click All Contacts again, so you can add contacts to your group.

  5. Drag and drop the contacts you'd like to add to your new group.


     
  6. 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. *Note* If your new group doesn't appear, go back into the Settings app, tap your name at the top of the page, tap iCloud, and under Apps Using iCloud, toggle Contacts off, then on again, making sure to select Keep Contacts on My iPhone when your Turn Off Contacts options appear. 

Scroll down for a step-by-step guide on sending messages and emails to your contacts group.

How to Email Your Contact Group on an 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.

    iphone mail appcreate new message icon
     
  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 it.



    *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.*
     
  4. 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

Before iOS 14, the steps below worked to send a message to a contact group. If you've updated to iOS 14, though, the Messages app will no longer offer the name of your group as an option when you begin to type it into the To: field. For those of us who have updated to iOS 14, the easiest workaround is to create a group message, then pin the group contact to the top of the Messages app, so you can find and message your group quickly. 

  1. Open the Messages 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 name.


     
  5. Type your message and tap the send arrow.

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Becca is a blogger, freelance writer, and iDevice addict. She lives in the middle of the Arizona desert with her husband and two boys, and can't imagine life getting any better. Read about her crazy life at MyCrazyGoodLife.com, or connect with her on twitter @BeccaLudlum