If you’re trying to arrange a party or group trip, texting each person individually can be seriously time-consuming and iOS doesn’t offer an easy way to make a contact group on an iPhone.
Luckily, creating contact groups the way Apple intended is as easy as pie with iCloud. There are also a handful of free apps available in the App Store that can help you.
In this how-to guide, we’ll cover the ins and outs of creating a contact group with iCloud and offer a quick tutorial on how to make a contact group on an iPhone with a popular app called Groups.
How to make a contact group using iCloud (cross-platform)
Step 1: Go to iCloud.com and sign in to your iCloud account using your Apple ID and password. Then, select Contacts to view a list of your current contacts.
Step 2: Select the plus icon in the bottom-left corner, and click New Group from the resulting pop-up menu. Alternatively, you can double-click the empty gray space to quickly create a new group.
Step 3: Next, name the group and click anywhere outside of the text box to save it. If you want to change the name, double-click it and type your new group name.
Step 4: To add contacts to a particular group, choose All Contacts at the top of the Contacts list, and click and drag your desired contacts to the proper group.
Step 5: To delete an entire group, or just a single contact from the group, select it, click the gear icon in the bottom-left corner, and select Delete. Keep in mind that this only deletes the contact from the group; deleting a group doesn’t delete the contacts within.
Step 6: Your group will automatically sync with your iPhone’s contact list. To use your new group, tap the Contacts icon on your iPhone and select Groups from the upper-left corner of your contacts page, then check the groups you want to use and select Done.
Step 7: If you accidentally delete a group or a contact from a group, you can always use iCloud to restore it. To do so, log in to your iCloud account on the web and click Settings. Once there, you’ll see a host of options for restoring contacts, files, reminders, calendars, and bookmarks under the Advanced section.
Once you’ve created a group like this, you can then send a message to it. To do this, open Messages and create a new message. In the To: field, begin typing the name of the group and then tap on it. Then, write your message and send.
Tip: Let your iPhone automatically sync with iCloud. That way, when your phone is connected to your computer, your groups will automatically be backed up to iCloud.
How to make a contact group using Groups (app)
Groups is a free app available in the App Store that allows you to create groups without your computer.
Step 1: Open the App Store on your iPhone, click the Search tab at the bottom, and enter Groups in the search field at the top. Afterward, select Groups from the top of the resulting list and tap the Get button before tapping Install.
Step 2: Launch Groups, and on the main page, select Add New Label.
Step 3: Go to the New Group page, give your contact group a name, and choose No Contacts — Add Some. Then you can begin adding contacts. Hit the contacts you want to add and choose Done. You’ll notice a blue symbol beside the group name, which you can click to customize the group icon. Hit Done in the top left corner after you’ve added everyone and customized the group. Remember that you can add the same person to more than one group.
Step 4: You can add or remove contacts from a group after you’ve created it. Hit the group name and find the Manage option in your screen’s top right corner. Next, go through the contacts and choose the ones you want to add or remove. When you’re done, select Done in the top left corner, followed by the Group name at the top to go back to the primary page.
You can do a lot with iCloud, so if you’ve never used iOS before, we recommend looking at our article on how to use iCloud. Keep in mind that iCloud stores your information on Apple’s servers and might be vulnerable to hacking. We suggest that you use two-step verification to increase your iCloud security.
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