A group text is a convenient way to announce good news, plan a hangout, or even share a laugh over a great meme. It is a slightly downgraded equivalent to catching up at your favorite place, but it does the job.
Now, there may be both Android users and iPhone users in your contact list. Depending upon the type, you will need to select iMessage, MMS, or SMS. But the gist is the same; you go to the app, click the “Compose” button, select the group members, type the message, and send it away.
You should know one thing before starting the discussion on group chats. If you text Apple users who are using iMessage as you, the message is sent as a group iMessage. On the other hand, if you send a text to people who are not using iMessage or an iPhone, the text will be an SMS or MMS.
In this blog, we will make sure you know all the components of managing a group chat, creating a group, adding participants, removing participants, and, if the need arises, leaving an annoying group chat. So, without any further ado, let’s start.
There are two types of group messaging on the iPhone. One is iMessages, and the other is MMS/SMS messages. iMessage is exclusively for iPhone members, but if even one person has an Android phone, the text will be an MMS/SMS. You can spot the difference by checking the color of the text bubble; blue indicates group iMessages, and green is for group MMS/SMS.
- How To Create a Group Message on an iPhone
- How To Add Members in an Existing Group Chat on an iPhone
- How To Remove Members From a Group Chat on an iPhone
- How To Leave a Group Chat on an iPhone
- How To Group Text With Android Users
How To Create a Group Message on an iPhone
To create a group chat, you need to enable group messaging from Settings. Don’t worry; it is easy. We will take it from scratch in this two-step guide.
Step #1: Enabling the Group Chat
- Go to the Settings app and tap “Messages“.
- Scroll down to locate the “SMS/MMS” tab.
- Toggle on “Group Messaging“.
Step #2: Starting the Group Chat on iMessages
- Go to the Messages application on your iPhone.
- At the top of the screen, you will find the “Compose” button; tap it.
- Type the names or select contacts from your contact list with the help of the plus (+) button.
- Type any message and click “Send“.
How To Add Members in an Existing Group Chat on an iPhone
Before handing out the step-by-step guide, here is a disclaimer you need to know. Adding and removing members can only be done in iMessages if all the members have an iPhone.
Now, if you want to welcome a new member into your current group chat, you can do the honors by following these steps.
- Launch the Messages app.
- Head to the group where you want to add a participant.
- Click the info (i) option at the top.
- Tap “Add Contact“.
- Type in the name or select a contact from your contact book. You can add more than one.
- Tap “Done“.
How To Remove Members From a Group Chat on an iPhone
- Launch the Messages app.
- Select a group where the desired member is present.
- Tap the info (i) option at the top of the screen.
- Click the member’s name.
- Swap left to reveal the “Remove” button.
- Tap “Remove“.
Remember that you cannot remove a member if only three members are in the group. Similarly, you cannot leave a group chat unless there are three members besides you. Any group must have at least three members.
How To Leave a Group Chat on an iPhone
Are you bored of the group? Are you tired of the dead chats? Do you want to quit the toxic text atmosphere? Follow these steps to leave a group chat.
- Launch the Messages app and head to the desired group chat.
- At the top, select the group info.
- Scroll down to find “Leave this Conversation“; tap it.
- Tap again to confirm.
By leaving a chat, you cannot add yourself back again. Only another existing group member can do that.
How To Group Text With Android Users
It is possible to group text with Android users, but it does not create a group chat. You can send the message to a group of Android users and iPhone users in the form of a thread, but you cannot add or remove participants, nor can you leave the chat. You will need to create a new thread to add a member that does not exist in a chat.
To wrap up, the group message on iPhone may confuse some people. But if you understand the difference between iMessage and SMS/MMS, you won’t need to worry about starting a group chat. We hope that our blog was able to guide you and clear all the knots in your mind.