Social Media Snapchat How to Use Snapchat's Group Chat Text, call, or video chat with a group of friends by Elise Moreau Freelance Contributor Elise Moreau is a writer that has covered social media, texting, messaging, and streaming for Lifewire. Her work has appeared on Techvibes, SlashGear, Lifehack and others. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Elise Moreau Updated on November 20, 2020 The Ultimate Guide to Snapchat The Ultimate Guide to Snapchat Introduction Snapchat Basics What Is a Snapchat Story? What Are Snapchat Scores? Find People Take Screenshots Use Snapchat Maps How to Update Snapchat Snappables: How to Play Snapchat Games Snapchat Tips for New Users How to Use Snapchat on PC Sending & Deleting Snaps Send Snapchat GIFs Add Clickable Links Include Music in Your Snaps Delete Stickers on Snapchat Unsave Messages on Snapchat Delete Conversations, Snaps & Stories Engaging With Other Users Use Snapcodes to Add Snapchat Friends Save Snapchat Videos Replay Photos and Videos on Snapchat Upload Saved Photos or Videos Start a Group Chat Open a Snap Without It Saying 'Opened' How to Mute a Story About Snapchat Filters Use Filters to Make Silly Faces Create a Snapchat Filter Apply a Snapchat Filter Make a Snapchat Geotag Create a Geofence in Snapchat Snapchat Account Management Delete a Snapchat Account Reset Your Password Change Your Snapchat Username Delete or Change Best Friends Is Snapchat Down? Contact Snapchat Customer Service Essential Snapchat Privacy Tips How to Know If Someone Blocked You Make a Story Private Block Someone on Snapchat Unblock Someone Essential Snapchat Privacy Tips Snapchat Tips & Tricks How to Get Snapchat Trophies Streaks on Snapchat Explained Use Snapchat's Group Video Chat What to Do About Third-Party Apps Snapchat Emoji Meanings Funny Ideas to Make Your Friends LOL Tweet Share Email Snapchat is a social messaging app that lets users send quickly disappearing pictures and short videos to friends, often with fun filters and effects. Snapchat's Group Chat feature lets you create a group of up to 31 people to share moments, chats, and memories. Within the group, it's easy to send and receive messages and even start calls and video chats. Here's how it works. These instructions work with the Snapchat app on an iOS or Android device. Chesnot / Getty Images How to Create and Use a Group Chat Some aspects of a Snapchat Group Chat are just like a text group chat. Send inside jokes, directions, and any other information you can all relate to. Snapchat's Group Chat has additional functionality, however, allowing you to make calls and start video chats with your group. Open Snapchat and select the Chat tab (looks like a speech bubble). Select the Compose icon (looks like a pen and pad). To create a Group Chat, select members from your list of friends. At the top of the screen, you'll see Name Group. Type your group name in this box to give your Group Chat a name. To send a message to an existing Group Chat, select the chat's name from your list of recent chats. To send a message, begin typing in the Send a chat box. Press Return or Enter when you're finished. You've sent a message to your group chat. To call the members of your Group Chat, select the phone icon from the top. Your group members' phones will ring. To start a video chat with your group, select the camera icon from the top. Members will receive a notification inviting them to join the group video chat by video or voice, if they're not feeling camera-ready. People in the video chat will appear in a grid format on your screen. While you can have yourself and 31 others in your Group Chat, only 16 people can be in a video call at once. Video Chat Options During your video chat, type a message, or select a photo or video to send to your group. These will show up as overlays on the video so everyone can see them.Use lenses and filters to add more fun to your group video chats.Switch between the front and rear cameras while video chatting to show friends where you are and what you're doing.Mute your chat temporarily if your surroundings are noisy.Exit the chat at any time by tapping the red phone icon. All group text chats are deleted by default after 24 hours; group video chats aren't stored when they're over.