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How to Create A Contact Group on iPhone [3 Ways]

Often, you will require to send the same mail or message to numerous contacts at once. Apple's contact group feature makes it easier. With the help of the feature, you can easily direct a message to all contacts on the list at once.

This write-up will explore three different ways to create a contact group on an iPhone or iPad. Keep reading to learn the exact steps you need to follow!

Note: Back Up Your iPhone Before Creating Contact Group

Before creating a contact group, we advise you to back up your iPhone to avoid unexpected data loss. You can follow Apple's official guide to make a backup, or use third-party tool like FoneGeek iOS Backup & Restore to transfer data from iPhone to computer.

Way 1: How to Create a Contact Group on iPhone in iOS 16

If you use an iPhone with iOS 16 or later, you are in luck. Apple makes it a breeze to create a contact group on the new iOS version. You’re allowed to create multiple lists to organize your contacts. Here is how to do it:

  1. Unlock your iPhone and launch the Phone app. Then click on Contacts.
  2. From the Contacts interface, press “List” in the top-left corner.
  3. On the new page, you will get all the groups you have created till now through iCloud.
  4. You can click "Add List" from the top-right corner of the screen to add a new list.
  5. Enter a name for the list in the popup and click “Done”. That’s it!

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Add Contacts to Group on iPhone

Here is how you can add contacts to the group:

  1. Open the Lists page on your iPhone’s Contacts app.
  2. Click on the group's name to which you like to add the contacts.
  3. Now click “Add Contacts” or “+” from the screen’s top-right corner.
  4. Pick the contacts that you desire to add and press “Done”.

add contacts to group in ios 16

Remove Contacts from Group on iPhone

To remove contacts from the group:

  1. Browse the Contact group.
  2. Find the contact you want to delete and swipe it from display’s right.
  3. Click on the Remove button once it occurs.
  4. You can also long-press on a contact to delete it from the group.

Email or Message All Members in Contacts Group

It is very easy to send a message or email to all the contacts of a group. Here is how:

  1. Navigate to the Contacts app.
  2. Long-press the contacts list to which you want to send the message/email.
  3. Press “Message All” or “Email All” based on your need.

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If you pick the Messages All option, you will be moved to the Messages app. The other option will take you to the email app. Note that email will only be sent to contacts with an email address.

Way 2: How to Create a Contact Group on iPhone Using iCloud

Another easy and official way to create a contact group on iOS devices is through iCloud. The steps are:

  1. Open icloud.com from a web browser on your PC.
  2. Sign in to your account with iCloud credentials. Click on Contacts.
  3. In the new page, click the “+” icon from the bottom-left of the screen.
  4. Then select “New Group”. Enter a name for the group. Done!

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Add Contacts to Group on iCloud

Here is how to add contacts to the group you have created in iCloud:

  1. In iCloud, open the Contacts tab.
  2. Navigate to the All Contacts section.
  3. Select the preferred contacts to add. You can press the Control/Command key to add multiple contacts at once. After that, you can simply drag and drop them into the intended group.

add contacts to group in icloud

Remove Contacts from Group on iCloud

Here is the process to remove contacts from the iCloud group:

  1. Open the group from where you want to remove the contact.
  2. Now, pick the desired contact.
  3. Press the gear icon next to the top-left of the screen.
  4. Press “Delete”. Done!

remove contact from group in icloud

View or Access Contact Groups on iPhone

Now that your contact group is created in iCloud, you can easily view and access the group from your iOS device. Here is how:

  1. Navigate to the Contact apps on your iPhone/iPad and click "Groups" from the top-left.
  2. Under the iCloud section, you will find the group you have created.
  3. To view the contacts, click on the desired contact group and select "Done" from the top right.

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Note that sometimes it may require a bit of time for the contact group to occur on the iPhone’s contact app if your internet connection is weak.

Way 3: How to Create a Contact Group on iPhone Using Apps

Many third-party apps on the App store also enable you to assemble a contact group. Below, we will discuss two such apps.

Using Contact Groups App

Steps to create a contact group with this app:

  1. Download and install the Contact Groups app from the App store. Launch it and allow access to the contacts.
  2. Click “+” icon from the screen’s top-right and add the name of the group.
  3. Now press the "Add Contacts”. Select the preferred contact and click “Save”.
  4. After creating the group, click on it to locate the group info. There you will find the option to send a message through "Email" or "Text".

create contact group on iphone using app

Using Groups App

Steps to create a contact group with the Groups app:

  1. Download and install the Groups from App Store. Launch the app and grant access to the contacts.
  2. After doing so, press “Skip” if you see a popup. Then return to the All Contacts page.
  3. Pick the preferred contacts to include to the group. Click “Choose Action”.
  4. Now choose “Add to Group”. In the new window, press “Copy Contact”.
  5. Add a name for the group. Then press “Done”.

create contact group on iphone using app

Extra Tip: Recover Deleted Contacts on iPhone without Backup

Deleting important contacts on iPhone can be a very intimidating situation. The good news is that you can utilize a data recovery tool like FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery to easily recover any deleted contacts or other data you mistakenly deleted from your iPhone. Let's see how to utilize the tool to recover your contacts:


Step 1. Install and launch the iPhone Contact Recovery on your PC. After that, attach your iPhone to your PC through a USB. If you see a prompt saying "Trust Your Computer" on your iPhone, press "Trust".

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Step 2. Now, pick the type of data ("Contacts in this case") you like to restore. Then click "Scan".

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Step 3. After the scan is done, you should get a list that contains both deleted and existing contacts on the iPhone. Pick the one that you desire to restore and press “Recover” to save the contacts.

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As you see, creating a contact group on iPhone or iPad is very easy. You can utilize any of the desired methods to create a contact group and start sending group messages or emails. Even if you have mistakenly deleted a contact you want to include in the group list, don’t worry, just use the FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery to restore the contact easily.

Edwin J. Parke

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.

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