How To Text Multiple People Using the iPhone

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Last Updated: April 3, 2015

Millennials, this is a true horror story: In the old, old days before texting messaging, if you wanted to arrange a get together of 5 friends, you had to make at least 4 separate phone calls (and usually more). What a pain.

Luckily, these days we've got group texting, which allows us to send text messages to multiple people at the same time and have them all reply in a single conversation.

No phone tag required!

If that sounds like what you want to do, read on for step-by-step instructions on how to text multiple people using the iPhone.

NOTE: This article assumes that you'll be using the Messages app that comes bundled with the iPhone. Lots of other text messaging apps support group texting, but it wouldn't be practical to provide instructions for every one of them. It's safe to assume, though, that they probably all use a process relatively similar to what's described here.

To send a group text:

  1. Tap Messages to open it
  2. Tap the new message icon (it looks like a pencil and paper) in the top right corner
  3. If the people you want to text are in your address book, there are two ways to add their names: Begin typing each recipient's name in the To: and it will autocomplete, or tap the + icon and browse through your contacts
  4. If the people are not your address book, tap the To: field and type in their phone number or Apple ID (if you're texting someone on an iPod touch or iPad)
  1. After the first recipient has been added, follow the last two steps to add more people. Repeat until everyone you want to text is listed
  2. Write your message
  3. Tap the Send button and you'll text everyone listed in to To: line.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • If you text a group of people, every response to your original text will be sent to everyone on the original text (unless one person starts a separate conversation).
  • If you're already having a text conversation with someone, you can't add a third person to that conversation. You need to start a new conversation and add both people to it.
  • If everyone you're texting is an iPhone user, their names and the Send button turn blue. This means you're sending the text using iMessage and it won't count against your monthly texting limit (if you have one)
  • If one person in the group you're texting is not an iPhone user, you won't be able to send via iMessage. In that case, the Send button is green and all messages are standard texts.