How to Create Group Chat Names on iPhone and Android

Naming a group text is easier than you think

What to Know

  • iOS iMessage chats: At the top of the conversation, tap info. Enter a new group name or tap Change Name.
  • Note: On an iPhone, only group iMessages can have a named chat, not MMS or SMS group messages.
  • Android: In the conversation, tap More > Group Details. Enter a new name or change the current name.

This article explains how to give your group text chats a unique name that every member can see, making it easier to tell your chats apart. Instructions cover iOS and Android devices.

How to Add or Change a Group Chat Name With iOS

There are three types of group messages in iOS: group iMessage, group MMS, and group SMS. The Messages app automatically selects the type of group message to send based on you and your recipients' settings, network connection, and carrier plan. The instructions here are for naming or renaming an iMessage group chat.

  1. Open an iMessage group conversation, then tap the top of the conversation.

  2. Tap the Information icon at the upper-right corner of the screen.

  3. Enter a group chat name.

    You can only name group iMessages, not MMS or SMS group messages. If there's an Android user in your group, participants won't be able to change the name.

  4. Tap Done.

  5. The group chat name will be seen at the top of the text conversation. All iOS participants can see the receipt of who changed the group chat name and to what.

    Screenshots of an iPhone's Messages app showing a change to the group chat name

In a group iMessage, everyone can send and receive photos, videos, audio messages, and message effects; share their location with the group; give the group a name; add or remove people from the group; mute notifications; or leave the group text.

How to Add or Change Group Chat Names on Android

Google's release of RCS messaging for Android phones brings an improved and more iMessage-like texting experience across the Android ecosystem, including the ability to name group chats, add or remove people to and from groups, and see if people in the group have seen the latest messages. 

To name or rename a group chat in the Google Messages app:

  1. Go to the group conversation.

  2. Tap More > Group Details.

  3. Tap the group name, then enter the new name.

  4. Tap OK.

  5. Your group conversation now has a name visible to all participants.

  • What should I name my group chat?

    To get some ideas, think about why the group was created and what its members have in common. Choose a name that's memorable and meaningful. Humorous group chat names, where appropriate, work well.

  • Why can't I name a text group on my iPhone?

    If an Android user is among the group members, you won't be able to name the group. You can name group iMessages only—not group MMSs.

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