Apple Group Text

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  • Make sure that your device has the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.
  • If you're using an Apple device that's not an iPhone, make sure that you're signed in to iMessage with your Apple ID.

Types of group text messages There are three types of group messages that you might see: group iMessage, group MMS, and group SMS. The Messages app automatically chooses the type of group message to send based on settings, network connection, and carrier plan. Tap the group text message that you want to add someone to. Tap the top of the message thread. Tap the Info button, then tap Add Contact. Type the contact information for the person you want to add, then tap Done.

Types of group text message

There are three types of group message you may see: group iMessage, group MMS and group SMS. The Messages app automatically chooses the type of group message to send based on your settings, network connection and network provider plan. For example:

Apple Group Text

  • You can leave a group text message as long as there are three other people on the thread and everyone is using an Apple device, like an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. You can also mute notifications for certain group text messages. To leave a group text, everyone needs to be using iMessage. Not sure if you're using iMessage or SMS/MMS?
  • Start a New Group Message: Go to Messages and tap the New Message icon (on the top-right corner) to start a new message. Enter the phone numbers or email addresses of contacts (or tap “+” button to add existed contacts). Type your message, then tap Up arrow to send.
Apple Group Text
  • If you and your recipients are using Apple devices and iMessage is turned on, then the group message is sent as an iMessage.
  • If you send a group message to people who aren't using iMessage, then the message is sent as an MMS or SMS message.

Group iMessage

Apple group text transfer

Apple Group Text Name

These messages appear in blue text bubbles. They go through Apple instead of your network provider and are protected by end-to-end encryption. In a group iMessage, everyone can:

  • Send and receive photos, videos and audio messages
  • See all responses from the group
  • Send and receive message effects, such as sketches, animations, bubble effects and more
  • Share their location with the group
  • Give the group a name, add or remove people from the group, mute notifications or leave the group

Group MMS


These messages appear in green text bubbles and go through your provider instead of Apple. In a group MMS, everyone can:

  • Send and receive photos and videos
  • See all responses from the group
  • Mute notifications

Group SMS

These messages also appear in green text bubbles and go through your provider. Group SMS messages don’t support multimedia attachments, such as photos or videos. All responses in a Group SMS are sent as individual text messages and the recipients can’t see the other responses from the group.

Find out how to forward SMS/MMS text messages across your devices, such as from an iPad to a Mac.

Send a group text message

  1. Open Messages and tap the Compose button .
  2. Enter the names or tap the Add button to add people from your contacts.
  3. Enter your message, then tap the Send button .

To send a group MMS message on an iPhone, make sure MMS Messaging is turned on. Go to Settings > Messages and turn on MMS Messaging. If you can’t see an option to turn on MMS Messaging or Group Messaging, contact your provider to see if your plan supports Group MMS Messaging.


Do more with Messages

  • Find out how to leave a group message, or add or remove someone from a group.
  • Name your group messages to make them easier to find.
  • Use inline replies and mentions to draw attention to specific messages and people in your group messages.
  • Explore the latest features in Messages to stay connected to the conversations that matter the most.