If you’re trying to arrange a party or group trip, texting each person individually can be seriously time-consuming. Sadly, 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: On the New Group page, name your contact group, and select No Contacts — Add Some. Then, select the people you’d like to include. Tap Done once you’ve added the desired people. To the left of your group name is a blue symbol that you can tap to personalize your group icon. When you’re finished, hit Done in the upper-left corner. Keep in mind that you can add the same person to multiple groups.
Step 4: To add or remove people to and from an existing group, click on the group name and select Manage in the upper-right corner. Then, scroll through and select the contacts you want to add or remove. When finished, click Done in the upper-left corner and then the Group name at the top to return to the main page.
There are many things that iCloud can do, so if you’re new to iOS, don’t forget to check out our guide on how to use iCloud. Remember that iCloud keeps your information on Apple’s servers, and it is potentially vulnerable to hacking. We recommend that you use two-step verification to shore up your iCloud security.