Group messaging can be a fun and efficient way to coordinate and share information with a large group of people. But occasionally you may find that you have forgotten to include someone in the group message, or that new information has come up which makes the conversation relevant to someone else.
Fortunately your iPhone and iMessage allow for new contacts to be added to ongoing group message conversations. Our guide below will show you how.
Note that any contact that you wish to add to a group message on your iPhone will need to be a registered iMessage user, otherwise your iPhone will not allow you to add that contact. Additionally any group message that contains someone that is not registered with iMessage will not allow for any new contacts to be added at all. Learn more about the difference between iMessages and regular SMS text messages to see what determines why some are blue and some are green.
Here is how to add a new person to a group message in iOS 9 –
- Open the Messages app.
- Select the group message conversation to which you would like to add a new contact.
- Tap the Details button at the top-right corner of the screen.
- Tap the Add Contact button under the list of contacts currently included in the group message.
- Find the contact that you wish to add, then tap the Done button.
These steps are also repeated below with pictures –
Step 1: Open the Messages app.
Step 2: Select the group message to which you would like to add a new contact.
Step 3: Tap the Details button at the top-right corner of the screen.
Step 4: Tap the Add Contact button. As mentioned earlier, this option will only be available if every current member of the group message is registered with iMessage.
Step 5: Select the contact that you would like to add to the group message, then tap the Done button.
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