iOS 17: How to Mention Someone on iPhone – A Step-by-Step Guide

Hey there, fellow iPhone user! Are you wondering how to mention someone in your iPhone with the latest iOS 17 update? It’s actually pretty simple. Just like tagging your friends in a social media post, you can now mention someone in a text message or email, and they’ll get a notification about it. Cool, right? Let’s get right to it.

You can also check out this video about how to mention someone on iPhone for additional information.

Step by Step Tutorial: Mentioning Someone on iPhone with iOS 17

Before we dive into the steps, let’s talk about why you’d want to mention someone. Whether it’s in a group chat, email, or a note, mentioning someone creates a direct link to that person. They’ll get a notification, and if they tap on the mention, it’ll take them right to the message. Handy for making sure your messages don’t get lost in the shuffle!

Step 1: Open the app you want to mention someone in

Open the Messages, Mail, or Notes app on your iPhone.

When you open the app, make sure you’re in the right conversation or document where you want to mention the person. It’s no use mentioning someone in the wrong place!

Step 2: Type the @ symbol followed by their name

Type “@” and start typing the person’s name you want to mention.

As you type, suggestions will pop up below the text field. These suggestions are based on your contacts, so make sure the person you want to mention is saved in your phone’s contacts.

Step 3: Select the person’s name from the suggestions

Tap on the correct name from the suggestions to add them to your message.

Once you select the name, it will turn blue (or another highlight color depending on your settings) indicating that the mention has been added successfully.

Step 4: Complete your message and send it

Finish typing your message and hit send.

The person you mentioned will receive a notification that they’ve been mentioned in a message, and they can tap on the notification to go straight to it.

After you’ve completed the action of mentioning someone, they’ll be alerted with a notification. If they have notifications turned on, their device will let them know someone has mentioned them in a message or note. From there, they can jump right into the conversation and see what you’ve said. It’s a surefire way to grab their attention and make sure they see your important messages.

Tips for Mentioning Someone on iPhone with iOS 17

  • Make sure the person you’re mentioning is saved in your contacts with the name you’re using to mention them.
  • You can mention multiple people in one message, just repeat the steps for each person.
  • If you mention someone in a group chat, everyone in the chat will see the mention, not just the person tagged.
  • Mentions work in the Messages app for both iMessage and SMS conversations.
  • If the person you’re mentioning has turned off notifications for mentions, they might not receive an alert.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if someone has mentioned me?

You’ll receive a notification on your iPhone that says you were mentioned in a conversation.

Can I mention someone using their nickname?

Yes, as long as you have the nickname saved in your contacts, it will work for mentions.

Will mentioning someone in an email work the same way?

Yes, mentioning someone in an email with the Mail app on iOS 17 will send them a notification just like in Messages.

Can I mention someone in a shared note?

Absolutely, mentioning works in shared notes too. They’ll get a notification and can go straight to the note.

What if the person I’m mentioning doesn’t have iOS 17?

If they don’t have iOS 17, they won’t receive a notification for the mention, but they’ll still see their name highlighted in the message.


  1. Open the app (Messages, Mail, or Notes)
  2. Type “@” followed by their name
  3. Select the person’s name from the suggestions
  4. Complete your message and send it


There you have it, folks—a quick and easy guide to mentioning someone in your iPhone with iOS 17. It’s a feature that’s sure to make communication on your iPhone more efficient and personalized. Whether you’re coordinating plans in a group chat or making sure a colleague sees an important email, mentions are going to change the way you use your iPhone. Plus, with the added bonus of notification alerts, it’s easier than ever to stay connected and ensure your messages are seen. So go ahead, give it a try and start mentioning away! Don’t forget, the key to mastering this new feature is practice and keeping your contacts up to date. Happy mentioning!

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