How To Create Contact Groups On Your iPhone And iPad (2 Ways To Do It)

Timothy Iyekowa
Timothy Iyekowa - Writer & Editor
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We have all been at the point where we needed to send a message to specific people with our Apple device and had to go through an unending list of contacts.

However, this should not be the case, as you can now create contact groups on your iPhone. Contact groups make sending messages to a large number of people stress-free.

This is because, with a contact group, you can have all the people you would like to have over at your party or meeting, and with just a click on a single group, you can send an invitation to them all at once.

In this article, we will show you how to create contact groups on your iPhone. We will also show you how to use iPhone contact groups for email.

How To Create Contact Groups On Your iPhone

It is important to point out that you cannot directly create a contact group on an iPhone or iPad contact section. It’s more complicated than just tapping a few sets of buttons.

The feature to do this will only be available on subsequent iOS versions. However, you can create contact groups on iPhone in two different ways.

The first is through iCloud. The second way is through a third-party app like the Groups App.

Create A Contact Groups On iPhone Via iCloud

To create contact groups on your iPhone via iCloud, follow the simple steps below:

Step 1: Open iCloud

Visit iCloud on your Mac device. Once in iCloud, sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 2: Click Contact

Then, click on contacts in the window that opens. Now, you will be able to view all your contacts. 

Step 3: Create a New Group

Click on the + icon at the bottom left corner of the screen. Then, select New group from the pop-up menu. 

Step 4: Name The Group

Name the group and click outside the text box to save it.

If you wish to change the group name, you can do so by double-clicking on the group name and typing the new name.

Step 5: Add Contacts

Now that you have created your group, you can add contacts by selecting All contacts

A list of all your contacts opens. Then, drag the contacts you wish to add to your new group and drop them in the group.

If you want to view the group you just created on your iPhone;

  • Open the Phone app on your iPhone.
  • Go to Contacts.
  • Click on Groups that appear at the top left corner of your screen. In this window, you will see all the groups you have created.

In a case where you want to delete a group;

  • Select the group you want to delete.
  • Then click on the Actions menu at the bottom left corner. This will open a list of actions you can take.
  • Select Delete

Note: The Messaging app on your iPhone doesn’t support groups. You can only send messages to the group via email, but you’ll need their email attached to the phone number.

Create Contact Groups On iPhone Via the Groups App

Besides iCloud, you can create contact groups on your iPhone through a third-party app called the Groups App.

You will first download this app on your iOS device to use it. So, to create iPhone contact groups using the Groups app, follow these simple steps below:

Step 1: Open Group App

Open the Groups App on your iPhone or iPad if you already have the app on your phone.

However, if you have not downloaded the app, go to the App Store and search for it. Then, install the app, and it is ready for use.

Step 2: Tap Add New

On the Groups App, click on Add New Label to create a new group.

Step 3: Name Group

Go to the New Group page and give the group a name you so desire.

Step 4: Add Contacts

Then, click on “No Contacts – Add Some” to begin adding contacts to your new group.

Step 5: Tap Done

Once you have added the contacts you want, click Done, as seen at the top left corner of your screen.

You can subsequently add or remove contacts from your iPhone contact group through the Groups App by tapping *Manage” which appears at the top right corner.

Create Message Groups On iPhone Via iMessage

Since you can’t group contact and send them messages using the Messaging app on your iPhone, you can easily add them together when trying to send text messages. This is how you can go about it.

Step 1: Open iMessage

Open the iMessage app and start a new conversation. From here you’ll need to add the person you want to send the message.

In the To: field, you can add as many contacts as you want. This will allow everyone in the group to get your message.

Just tap on the + icon and add the contact you want to send the message to.

Step 2: Compose The Message

After you’ve added the people you want to communicate with, you’ll need to type in the message that you want to commute to them.

After you’ve composed the message, send it. From here you’ll be able to set the group properly.

Step 3: Name Message Group

Once you’ve sent the compose message, you’ll now be able to name the group.

Tap the contact icons displayed at the top bar, on the next page, tap on Change Name and photo.

After naming the group, you’ll be able to easily message them next time.

How To Use iPhone Contact Groups For Email

Now that you have created an iPhone contact group, it will also be helpful to know how to use it to send emails to your contacts.

However, you can only email contacts whose email addresses you have linked to their phone numbers.

So to use iPhone contact groups for email, follow the simple steps below:

Step 1: Open Email App

Open your preferred email app on your iOS device.

Step 2: Enter The Group Name

Type the name of the group in the “To section.”

Normally, the group would pop up as a suggestion even before you are done typing the name.

However, if the group does not pop up even after typing the name, you may have mixed some things up.

So, cross-check the name of the group on your device.

Step 3. Send Email

In a case where the group pops up as a suggestion, click on the group and begin typing your message. Once you are through with it, hit the send button.


So you see, it is very easy to create contact groups on iPhone. You have also understood how helpful this feature is in cases where you intend to send the same message to several people. 

We have broken down the process of creating iPhone contact groups into simple steps.

If you get hooked at any point, read the steps again and follow them more carefully this time.

FAQs On How To Create A Contact Groups On iPhone

Yes, the contact group feature allows you to add a single contact to multiple groups.

The regular iPhone Contacts app does not allow you to edit contact groups. However, you can edit your iPhone contact groups on third-party apps like Contacts Sync and Groups.

Yes, you can view contact groups on your iPhone. When you open Contacts on your phone, you will see Groups at the top left corner of your screen. You can click on it to see all the contacts in that group.

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As a seasoned content writer with 4+ years of experience in consumer technology, Timothy has been a dedicated author and editor at since its inception. Specializing in addressing user concerns, his articles offer effective solutions for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac-related issues. Timothy's expertise also extends to crafting content about social media and various applications. Through his daily articles, he consistently aids users in overcoming their technology challenges.
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