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?
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.