How to Create a Group for List Mailing in macOS Mail

Build a mailing list on your Mac to message groups of people at once

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If you're always emailing the same bunch of people when you're writing certain messages (or will need to in the future), assemble all these addresses into a group in macOS Contacts. This way, you can address messages to the group instead of the individuals in it. macOS Mail then sends your email to each person in the group.

Alternatively, you could enter all their addresses one by one in the Bcc: field — but making a group email saves time and ensures you include the same people next time you send out a group email.

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How to Make an Email Group on macOS

First, you must create a group in Contacts, and then you can select people to include. Here's how.

  1. Open Contacts.

  2. Select File > New Group from the menu.

    MacOS Contacts > New Group
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  3. Type a name for the new mailing list.

    macOS Mail enter name for group
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  4. Press Enter.

How to Add Members to Your macOS Mail Group

Next, you'll add email addresses from existing contact entries, or add new addresses as needed.

  1. Open Contacts.

  2. Make sure the group's list is visible. If it's not, go to View > Show Groups from the menu.

    MacOS Contacts show groups
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  3. Highlight All Contacts in the Group column.

    MacOS Contacts > All Contacts
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  4. Drag and drop contacts into the group in the Group column. If more than one email address is listed for a given contact, macOS Mail will use the most recently used address when you send a message to the list.

  5. If you need to add a new contact to the group, choose the plus sign (+) under the contact card and enter the contact's details.

  6. The new contact will show up under All Contacts automatically.