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How to Create A Contact Group on iPhone (2022)

Learn how to create iPhone contact groups using iCloud or the Messages app.

Making iPhone contact groups allows you to quickly send a message or email to multiple people. Counterintuitively, if you want to create a group in Contacts on an iPhone and use it for email, you'll need to do so on a Mac or PC. The contact group will then sync to your iPhone automatically via iCloud. If you want to create a contact group for text messages, you can do that in the iPhone Messages app. We'll teach you how to add groups on your iPhone using either of these methods.

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How to Make a Group Contact on iPhone for Email

You used to be able to both text and email an iPhone contact group, but now iPhone contact groups only work for emails. So you'll need to follow the steps in the section below to learn how to create a group text on iPhone. Before you can learn how to put contacts into groups on an iPhone, you'll need to enable Contacts in iCloud so that your contacts can be accessed on your Mac or in iCloud.com. Once this setting is enabled, you can make a contact group on your computer and it will automatically appear on your iPhone.

If you are using a PC, you will need to log in to iCloud.com. On a Mac, you will use the Contacts app.

  1. Open Contacts.

  2. Click All Contacts on the top left side of the screen then click the + icon on the bottom.

  3. Choose New Group

    choose New Group
  4. Name your group and tap Return on your keyboard.
  5. Click All Contacts again, so you can add contacts to your group.
  6. Drag and drop the contacts you'd like to add to your new group.
  7. Click on your new group to make sure the correct contacts were added.

Pro tip: Make sure your contacts include email addresses or you won't be able to include that contact in the group email.

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. 

How to Email Your Contact Group on an iPhone

  1. Open the Mail app on your iPhone.

    iphone mail app
  2. Start a new draft by tapping the new email icon in the lower right corner.

    create new message icon
  3. In the To: field, type the name of the contact group you want to email. Tap the group name.

    select iPhone contact group
  4. Compose your email and send.

Related: iCloud Guide: Top Tips for Understanding & Using iCloudAnchor

    How to Create a Group on iPhone for Texting

    You used to be able to text iPhone contact groups as well as email them, but that feature no longer works. However, the Messages app lets you create a group text on your iPhone, name it, and pin that chat to the top of the Messages app so you can easily find and text that contact group any time. For more tips about the Contacts app and Messages app, check out our free Tip of the Day. Here's how to add a group to an iPhone for texting:

    1. Start a new text in the Messages app.
    2. In the To: field, add all the contacts you want to include in the group text.

    3. Compose your text as usual and send it.
    4. Name the group chat (this requires everyone in the chat to be using iMessages.)

    5. The next time you want to text this group, just type the name of the group text in the To: field.
    6. You can also swipe left on the conversation to pin the group chat to the top of your conversations in order find it more quickly.

    That's all there is to it! Have you ever accidentally deleted a contact? If so, you might be interested in learning how to retrieve deleted contacts on your iPhone. For more help with managing contacts, check out our guide on deleting multiple contacts at once.

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    How to Pin Conversations in the Messages App to Find Them More Easily in iOS 15

    Make it easier to find your favorite threads in Messages with iOS 15.

    The Messages app in iOS 15 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, and if you change your mind, it's just as easy to unpin contacts in Messages. We'll walk you through both!

    Related: How to Know If Someone Blocked Your Number on iPhone

    Why You'll Love This Tip:

    • No more searching for buried conversation threads; pin your favorites to the top of the screen in Messages instead.
    • Keep track of plans made in group messages by pinning the conversation.

    How to Pin Messages on iPhone

    When you pin a contact in Messages on iPhone, the conversation thread with that person stays at the top as an icon so that you can easily tap into and read the conversation at a moment's notice, without having to search iPhone messages to find what you're looking for. If you like learning about hidden iPhone tricks and features, try signing up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter! Here's how to pin contacts in Messages on iPhone:

    1. Open the Messages app.

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    2. Find and long press the text message (not the contact icon) from the person or group you'd like to pin.

      Pin messages to the top on iPhone
       
    3.  Tap Pin in the menu that appears.

      Pin contacts in Messages on iPhone
       
    4. Your contact will now be pinned to the top of your Messages list.

      pin contacts messages iPhone
       
    5. If you want to unpin your chosen contact, long press the icon you want to remove, then tap Unpin.

      Pin messages to the top on iPhone

    Now you know how to keep messages at the top of the Messages app on iPhone!

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    Group Messaging: How to Name a Group Chat on iPhone (2022)

    You can more easily find text threads if you know how to name a group text on iPhone.

    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, it's important to be able to see at a glance which chat is which, so you don't send the wrong comment to the wrong group! We'll show you how to name a group text and change the name of an existing group, so you can easily find your text thread when you need it. 

    Related: How to Make a FaceTime Call

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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. Tap on the paper and pencil icon to create a new message.

      how to name a group chat
    3. Type the names of the contacts you wish to add and send your first group text. 

    4. Tap the tiny carrot (arrow) or the number of people in your group.

    5. Tap the info icon.

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

    7. Type the name of your group.

    8. Tap Done to save the group name. 

    9. Tap Done to close edit view. 

    How to Change Group Chat Names

    If you'd like to name a group text that already exists, or want to give your group message a new name, here's how:

    1. Open the conversation and tap on the small arrow or the group name.

    2. Tap on the info icon.

    3. Tap on the existing group name to edit and add the new name.

    4. Tap Done to save your new group name.

    5. Tap Done to close edit view. 

    If you're new to group texting, you might also consider checking out how to make a group chat and how to leave a group text.

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    How to Save Pictures from Messages & Facebook on Your iPhone

    Learn how to download all photos from Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and the Messages app on your iPhone!

    The images you receive on your iPhone don't automatically save to your Photos app. Fortunately, you can easily save pictures from iMessages or Facebook to your iPhone. You can even bulk save photos from a Messages conversation! Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to transfer photos in these scenarios.

    Related: How to Transfer Photos from Your iPhone to Your Computer

    Learn How to Save Pictures to Your iPhone

    iPhone users have wondered how to download Facebook photos, how they can bulk save all their Facebook pictures, and how to save images from Facebook Messenger. We'll show you how to save photos from each of the following locations:

    Save Photos from the Messages App

    Do you want to save photos that you've sent in a text message or that someone sent you? You can save pictures by scrolling to find them and tapping to download them. However, you can also view everything sent in every conversation and quickly download multiple images at once.

    How to Save Photos from Text Messages on Your iPhone

    Newer versions of iOS make it particularly easy to save a photo from your text message history. You can long-press (touch and hold) on the picture and reveal a menu of options, including saving and sharing.

    1. Open the Messages app and navigate to the conversation with images you want to save.

      Open the message with photos that you want to save
       
    2. Locate the image you want to save.

      Locate the image you want to save from Messages App
       
    3. Long-press (touch and hold) the image until options appear.
    4. Tap Save to download your image to your gallery.

      Tap Save to download your image to your iPhone gallery

    If you have an iPhone 6s or earlier you'll need to:

    1. Tap the photo.
    2. Tap the Share icon at the lower left of your display.

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    3. Choose Save Image to save your photo to your iPhone.

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    How to Save Multiple Images from Messages on Your iPhone

    You can download all the images you've ever exchanged with a single contact. Neat, don't you think?

    1. Open the text message conversation with the images you want to save.

      Open the message with photos that you want to save
       
    2. Tap the person's name at the top of the text thread.

      Tap the person's name at the top of the text thread.
       
    3. Tap the info icon.

      Open the text message conversation with the images you want to save.
       
    4. You'll see a contact information card.
    5. At the bottom, you’ll find a set of recent images. Tap See All.

      Tap the person's name at the top of the text thread.
       
    6. Tap Select in the top-right corner of the page.

      Tap Select in the top right corner of the page.
       
    7. Now you can select as many of the images as you’d like. Tap each image you want to save. After tapping, there will be a blue circle with a checkmark in the corner to indicate an image is selected.

      Tap each image you want to save.
       
    8. Tap Save to download the photos to your iPhone.

      Tap Save to download the photos to your iPhone.

    Now you know how to save photos from iPhone's Messages app to your gallery!

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    Save Photos from the Facebook App

    Do you want to save photos that you've posted on your Facebook page? You can save them individually by tapping to download them. However, you can also download all the photos you've posted in a particular date range. You may also choose to save photos from Facebook Messenger.

    How to Save Photos from Facebook to Your iPhone

    When it comes to Facebook, you can save individual images with the Facebook app on your iPhone. If you need to save ALL of your Facebook pictures, you’ll have to download a zipped folder and open it in the Files app to transfer the contents to your photos.

    1. From the Facebook app, locate the photo you'd like to save. Tap on the photo.

      From the Facebook app, locate the photo you'd like to save.
       
    2. Tap the three dots in the upper-right corner.

      Tap the three dots in the upper right corner
       
    3. Select Save Photo.

      Select Save Photo on Facebook
       
    4. There will be a confirmation that the photo was saved.

      There will be a confirmation that the photo was saved.

    Now you know how to do an iMessage download!

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    How to Download All Your Photos from Facebook to Your iPhone

    Facebook gives you the option to download all of your data, and this includes your photos. Images retrieved this way won't be as high-quality as those you shoot with your iPhone because Facebook doesn't store them with all the detail of an original image.

    Here's how to download all Facebook photos at once:

    1. Open the Facebook app.

      Open the Facebook app
       
    2. Open your Facebook menu tab by tapping the menu icon, which looks like three stacked horizontal bars at the screen's bottom right.

      Open your Facebook menu tab by tapping the three stacked horizontal bars
       
    3. Scroll down to tap Settings & Privacy to expand that section of the menu.

      Scroll down to tap Settings & Privacy on Facebook
       
    4. Tap Settings.

      Tap Settings on Facebook
       
    5. Scroll down to find the section called Your Facebook Information.
    6. Tap Access Your Information.

      Tap Access Your Information on Facebook
       
    7. Scroll down and tap Download Your Information.

      Scroll down and tap Download Your Information.
       
    8. Now you'll have a choice of which data you'd like to archive. Make sure to select only Photos and Videos. If you choose to, you can tap DESELECT ALL and then select just the Photos and Videos you want to save!

      Scroll down and tap Download Your Information.
       
    9. Scroll down and choose the date range, format, and quality for your photo file. I recommend setting media quality to High.

      Scroll down and choose the date range, format, and quality for your photo file.
       
    10. Tap Create File. If you select a larger range, it may take some time.

      Tap Create File on Facebook
       
    11. Next, Facebook will inform you that it's working to archive your photos and make them available for download.

      Facebook will inform you that it's working on archiving
       
    12. Eventually, you'll get a Facebook notification informing you that your download is ready. Tap the notification.

      Tap the notification on Facebook.
       
    13. Tap Download.

      You'll be transferred into your default web browser to complete the download
       
    14. You'll be transferred into your default web browser to complete the download, and you may have to log in to Facebook.

      Tap Download to save all your photos and videos from Facebook
       
    15. Tap Download.

      Tap Download to save all your photos and videos from Facebook
       
    16. Tap the down arrow in the top-right corner of your browser.

      Tap the downward arrow in the top right of your browser
       
    17. Tap on the zip file. This will take you to your Downloads folder on your iPhone.

      Tap on the zip file.
       
    18. Tap the folder to unzip it. This decompresses the files and makes them accessible.

      Tap the folder to unzip it.
       
    19. Open the folder.

      Open the folder.
       
    20. Go to photos_and_videos. You will see several folders with your album names.

      Go to photos_and_videos.
       
    21. To save the photos in a folder, you need to tap the folder.

      To save the photos in a folder, you need to tap the folder.
       
    22. To save one photo at a time, you can tap the image and use the share icon at the bottom left to save it to your gallery.
    23. To save multiple images, you need to tap the three dots in the top-right corner.

      To save multiple images, you need to tap the three dots in the top right corner.
       
    24. Tap Select.

      Tap Select.
       
    25. Tap Select All.

      Tap Select All.
       
    26. Tap the share icon in the bottom-left corner.

      Tap the share menu icon in the bottom left corner.
       
    27. Tap Save [#] Images.

      Tap Save (#) Images.

    Whew! You've done it, you've saved pics from Facebook! Facebook may not make it easy to download all of your photos at once, but now you know how to do it! This is an excellent way to recover pictures you might not have anywhere else.

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    Save Photos from the Facebook Messenger App

    When you do the Facebook photo download of everything you've uploaded, it saves everything you've posted. Unfortunately, this will not include the photos you've sent on Facebook Messenger. To do that you need to follow these steps:

    How to Save Photos from Facebook Messenger on Your iPhone

    1. Open Facebook Messenger and find the conversation containing images you want to save.

      Open Facebook Messenger and find the conversation containing images you want to save.
       
    2. You can tap an image and then skip to step four if that's the only image you want to save.
    3. Otherwise, if you don't want to scroll through your whole message history looking for photos, tap the name of your contact at the top of the screen.

      Tap the name of your contact at the top of the screen.
       
    4. You'll be presented with a contact information card.
    5. Tap View Photos & Videos

      Tap View Photos & Videos in Facebook Messenger
       
    6. Tap on the image you want to save.

      Tap on the image you want to save.
       
    7. Tap on More in the bottom-left corner of the screen.

      Tap the More icon in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
       
    8. Tap Save.

      Tap Save.

    Unfortunately, you cannot select and save more than one photo at a time. Hopefully, Facebook will add this feature in the future! Until they do, you can at least see all your photos in the same place with this tip.

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    Now you know how to download all photos from Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and Messages App on your iPhone! Learning how to transfer photos can be helpful if you accidentally lost some images that you've sent in Messages or published on social media. Next, learn how to screen share via Facebook Messenger.

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    How to Hide Text Messages on an iPhone: Hide iMessages or Use Secret Texting Apps (2022)

    Can you hide text messages on an iPhone in iOS 15? You can, and there are a few ways to do it.

    Is there a way to hide texts on an iPhone? If you need to know how to hide text messages on your iPhone in iMessages or a secret messaging app, we can help. You can lock or hide messages, and even turn off message previews on iPhone so that your personal information stays private. There are even some secret text messaging apps for iPhones.

    Related: How to Recover Deleted Text Messages from iPhone

    If you are trying to figure out how to hide contacts, or how to hide iMessage conversations, we will cover that while discussing how to lock iPhone messages and how to find hidden text messages, and we'll even discuss how to hide your messages app itself.

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    Best Apps to Hide Text Messages

    If you need to figure out how to hide messages on the iPhone, this post will show you your options. It’s not always easy to hide text messages and it can be equally hard to find hidden text messages so let’s dive in and see how it’s done! It's easier than you might think to keep a text message secret with these apps. This is also the best answer for the question of how to lock messages on an iPhone. These apps can lock your text messages under an extra layer of security. If you message frequently, learn how to schedule a text.

    Keep in mind that many scammers also prefer encrypted messaging services, so make sure you don't send any personal information to anyone you don't know and trust using these apps.

    CoverMe Private Text & Calls (Free, in-app purchases starting at $1.99)

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    CoverMe Private is a great option if you need to find a way to hide messages on an iPhone. You can actually use this app to encrypt and lock your calls and text messages; they’ll be secured with your Touch ID, so you don’t have to worry about someone figuring out your code or password.

    CoverMe is also great for those of you who need to lock or hide messages. It has a disappearing message feature that users really love. The app also assigns you a burner phone number to mask your real number when you are sending text messages or phone calls, which can help protect your anonymity as well. This is a great option if you are looking for the best app to hide text messages.

    Wire - Secure Messenger (Free)

    free call and text app

    This is another great option if you are looking for a way to hide messages on your iPhone or lock messages from being seen. It is encrypted from end to end, so only you and the receiver can see the messages and communications that you are sending.

    Wire is great because it offers you the ability to do more than just hide text messages on iPhone. You can also send and receive files, FaceTime, call, and chat. It’s a more sophisticated secret texting app than some of the other options available.

    Signal - Private Mesenger (Free)

    free call and text app

    Signal is an awesome option for iPhone, and you can get the app on your iPad as well by following this tip. You can use Signal for private single or group chats, and everything is end-to-end encrypted. Voice or video calls are also offered, and you can even share media and files.

    How to Hide Your Secret Texting Apps on iPhone

    If you find yourself using one or multiple secret texting apps on your iPhone to hide iPhone messages or lock your messages, you should consider learning how to hide apps on your iPhone. It’s a great way to hide secret texting apps for iPhones, or to simply declutter your iPhone Home screen.

    How to Hide Text Messages on iPhone by Turning Off Message Preview

    One of the easiest ways to hide text messages on the iPhone is to turn off the message preview that appears on the Lock screen. This does not hide messages or lock messages in your Messages app but it will keep a preview of the content of the message from popping up on your screen when they are delivered. This way you don’t have to worry about leaving your phone lying around. No one will be able to see your iPhone message preview if you turn off the settings!

    How to Hide iMessages by Turning Off Message Preview:

    1. Open the Settings app.


       
    2. Tap on Notifications.


       
    3. Scroll down and select Messages.


       
    4. Under Options, tap Show Previews.


       
    5. Now, tap Never.


       
    6. If you don't want anyone to even know you got a message, you can return to Messages in the Notifications settings and first tap on Sounds.


       
    7. Next, tap on Vibration.

    8. Choose None.

      Tap None
       
    9. Return to the Sounds page one more time and select None under Alert Tones.


       
    10. Finally, return to the Messages Notifications settings and tap to turn off Lock Screen, Notification Center, and Banner alerts.


       
    11. The final option is to toggle Allow Notifications off. You will need to remember to open your Messages app regularly to see if you have received any new messages because your phone will no longer alert you in any way.

    How to Back Up a Text Conversation but Not See It Anymore

    If you want to hide your messages on iPhone or keep messages that you hide or lock without actually having them on your phone, you do have another option. You can save the text conversation to your computer and then delete it from your device. Another way you can save a text conversation but not see it anymore is to take screenshots of the conversation and save those to your computer, a disc or thumb drive, and then delete the conversation.

    These options are helpful if you want to hide text messages or keep them private without having to use an app or different service.

    How Do I See Hidden Text Messages?

    Unfortunately, there's not a one-size-fits-all answer to this question, and that's simply because there are so many ways to hide messages.

    If it's just that the message preview is hidden but the message wasn't deleted, the message will still appear in the Messages app and can be searched for even if they're not readily visible. If the message was hidden via a third-party app, the access method will vary depending on the app and the user's settings. If a user deleted the message or conversation, unfortunately, it won't be accessible on the device anymore, but may be recoverable if messages are being synced to iCloud. Next, learn how to find hidden or missing apps on your iPhone.

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    How to Add Emojis to Text Messages with the Emoji Keyboard

    How To Add Emojis To Text Messages

    Emojis, those tiny text message symbols of things like hearts and smiley faces, add personality and convey tone in text messages. There are two ways to add iPhone emojis to your text messages: using the emoji keyboard and using predictive text. Both methods require you to have the iPhone emoji keyboard enabled. Once you've done this, you'll be able to choose from a huge array of emojis, including the popular heart emoji, shrug emoji, facepalm emoji, and even clown emoji! We've already gone over how to turn off iPhone emoji and how to make Memoji and Animoji stickers. Now, here's how to add emojis to text messages with the emoji keyboard. 

    Related: Turn Yourself into an Animoji with Apple’s Memoji for iPhone (Updated for 2020)

    How to Enable the iPhone Emoji Keyboard

    Before you can send emoji messages, you need to make sure your emoji keyboard is enabled.  To do this:

    1. Open the Settings app.
    2. Tap General.

      iphone settings app general iphone settings
       
    3. Tap Keyboard.
    4. Tap Keyboards.

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    5. If Emoji is not already in the list of available keyboards, tap Add New Keyboard.
    6. Tap Emoji.

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    7. Now, you'll see that the Emoji keyboard has been added to your Keyboards list.

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    How to Add an Emoji to a Text

    Now you add iPhone emojis to your text messages in either of two ways. To do this:

    1. Open the Messages app.
    2. Either start a new message or open a current one.

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    3. Tap the text input field.
    4. Tap on the emoji icon on the lower left of the screen.

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    5. Tap on the menu icons along the bottom of the screen for lots of emoji choices.
    6. Tap on the emoji of your choice to insert it into the text field.

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    7. Tap back into the text box if you want to continue typing, or move on to the next step.
    8. Tap the Send icon.

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    With iOS 10 or later, you can also add emoji in text messages by simply typing into the text field. For example:

    1. Type, “Want to go to dinner?”, and a dish of food, a spoon and fork, and a place setting emoji pop up as options.
    2. To replace the word with the emoji: Tap the emoji.

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    3. To keep the word and add the emoji after it: type the word followed by a space, and then tap the emoji.

      use a word and an emoji

    That's it! Now you know how to enable your emoji keyboard and use emojis two different ways. Be sure to also check out our article to get the scoop on all the new emojis that dropped in 2022

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