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How to Add Someone to a Group Text in iMessage?

Messaging applications such as WhatsApp and Telegram are having huge popularity nowadays. The main reason for the popularity of these apps is that apart from regular text messaging, you can do a lot more things. You can send/receive images, videos, documents, and many more. Despite that, regular text messaging using iMessage is still a preferred choice of texting by many iPhone users. Apart from one-to-one messaging, you can also text in groups. But how to add someone to a group text in iMessage?

If you are wondering about this, then don’t worry, this guide is just for you. Here, we will see how to add someone to group text in iMessage.

How to Start a Group Text in iMessage?

Let us kick off by understanding how to add someone to a group text in iMessage. So, the first thing to note here is all devices that participate in this “group” must be Apple devices.

You won’t be able to add someone who is using an Android Smartphone. We think that this thing is obvious.

First, let us see how to start a group text. Then we will proceed to know how to add someone to a group text in iMessage.

  • In your iPhone, locate the iMessage app and open it.
  • You can see a “New Message” icon in the upper right corner. Tap on it.
  • In the “To:” section on the top, you can add the contacts, either by using their names (if they are already in your address book) or by their numbers.
  • As you type in the name, it will autofill the name. The ‘⊕’ icon on the right allows you to browse through all the contacts.
  • You can add people who are already in your contacts by using their names. If they are not on your contacts list, you can add their phone number. You can also add people who are using iPad by typing their Apple ID.
  • Add as many contacts as you like using the above method.
  • Once you finish adding the contacts, you can now start typing the message.
  • Use the “Message” section below to enter the text. For example, “Movie @ 8 PM”.
  • Hit the send icon, which is the arrow button.

Now, all the members in this group will receive the message, irrespective of their device i.e., Apple or Android. For fellow Apple users, the message will be sent to their iMessage, which is free for you.

But for Android users, the message will be either an SMS or MMS, which of course will be chargeable by your carrier.

How to Add Someone to a Group Text in iMessage?

Now, in the previous step, you could create a group text and send it to all your contacts irrespective of the device they are using. But things get tricky if you want to add someone to a group text. In this case, their device will be an issue.

First of all, if you already created a group with only Apple devices, then you can add other only Apple devices to that group and not any other devices.

Next, if you created a group text that has a mixture of Apple and Android devices, then you cannot add anyone else to that group. Even if they have an Apple device.

So, if your group contains a collection of Apple and Android devices, all you can do is create a new group text, using the method we mentioned earlier, and include all the new contacts as well.

Let us now see how to add someone to a group text.

  • Find the iMessage app on your iPhone and open it.
  • Look for the group text, where you want to add someone, from the list of messages and open it.
  • On the top of this group text, you can see some icon corresponding to the people already in the group. Click on these icons.
  • This will open the “Group Info” section. There will be a number representing the number of people in the group and an arrow symbol next to it. Click on this arrow.
  • You can see all the existing contacts in this group text.
  • Just below these names, there is an “Add Contact” option with a “+” symbol. Click on it.
  • Now, in the “Add:” section, you can type new contacts you want to add to this group. You can also use the ‘⊕’ icon on the right to browse through your contacts.
  • Depending on whether the new person you want to the group is using an Apple device or Android device, they will be color-coded. Apple users are Blue in color while Android users are Red in color.
  • Note that you can add only Apple users to the group. Once you select all the additional contacts, click on “Done” in the top-right corner.

How to Remove Someone from Group Text?

Till now, we saw how to add someone to a group text. But what if you want to remove some from a group text? Rude but sometimes a necessary task.

  • Open the iMessage app on your iPhone.
  • Look for the group chat, from which you want to remove contacts, in the list of messages. Open the group text.
  • On the top, you can see icons of the contacts in the group. Tap on it.
  • Next, tap on the arrow next to the “number of people” in the group.
  • This will list all the contacts in the group.
  • To remove someone from the group text, swipe left on the contact from this list.
  • You will get a button saying “Remove” next to that contact.
  • Tap on it to remove the contact from this group text.
  • You can repeat these steps for any other contacts you want to remove.
  • Once you finished removing all the contacts, tap on “Done” in the top-right corner.


Texting someone using iMessage is as basic as it gets. While other messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Telegram offer far better features, people still prefer iMessage for simple text messaging. If you want to chat with other Apple users, then iMessage is free.

Whether it is friends or office-related communication, there are situations where you want to create a group and send a text to that group. You can also add or remove people from the group anytime you want.

In this guide, we saw how to start a group chat in iMessage. After that, we understood how to add someone to a group text. Finally, we saw how to remove some from a group text.

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