Group messaging is a great way to have a discussion or form plans with multiple people.
You simply need to add all of the members to one text message conversation, and then everyone can see and contribute to the discussion.
But if your group messaging doesn’t seem to be working properly, or even working at all, then you might need to follow the steps in our how to enable group messaging on iPhone 13 tutorial below.
How to Turn On iPhone Group Messaging
- Open Settings.
- Select Messages.
- Turn on Group Messaging.
Our guide continues below with additional information about how to enable group messaging on iPhone 13, including pictures of these steps.
This how to add someone to a group text article talks about the different ways that you can send group messages from your iPhone or Android device.
But as you start trying to do the things in that article, you might run into some problems if you haven’t enabled a setting in the Messages menu on your device.
Your iPhone has dedicated menus where you can customize the settings for the various apps on the device.
One of these menus is for the Messages app, and it lets you customize many of the things that can happen in that app.
Our article below will show you how to enable group messaging on an iPhone 13 by changing an option on the Messages menu.
How to Activate the iPhone Group Messaging Setting (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 13 in iOS 16. This setting is also on the same menu in most other recent versions of iOS, and these steps will also work for most other iPhone models that are using those newer iOS versions.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Scroll down and choose the Messages option.
Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Group Messaging to enable it.
Now that you have completed the how to enable group messaging on iPhone steps, you will be able to create your own iPhone group messages, plus take part in group message conversations that other people create.
Note that an iPhone group message will only be an iMessage conversation (with blue bubbles) if everyone in the conversation has an iPhone, and has iMessage enabled.
If someone in the conversation doesn’t have iMessage, then the conversation bubbles will be green instead.
This won’t affect the ability to use group messaging in other messaging apps like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. This only affects the default Messages app on the iPhone.
If you decide later that you don’t like group messaging or don’t want to use it, then you can always come back to this menu and disable group messaging as well.
You can also choose to hide the alerts and notifications for a specific group message vt swiping to the left on the conversation in the Messages app, then tapping the bell icon.
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