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How to Manage Group Conversations in Messages on a Mac

Group conversations in Messages on a Mac is a great feature. I use it for family events, organizing my softball teams, and planning church activities. And it’s easy to manage group chats.


How to set up a group conversation

To set up a group conversation:

  • Open Messages.
  • Click on the compose new message button (the little pencil and paper icon in the upper left-hand corner of the window).
  • Type in the name of the first contact you want to include in the group.
Search contacts to add a new member to macOS Messages Group
  • Type in the name of second contact, third contact, etc.

To search for contacts and content in conversations, click in the Search field in the top-left corner and enter what you’re looking for. Or, choose from the suggested contacts, links, photos, and more.


How to rename a group or add/change a group photo

After you send your message to the group, you can rename the group, add or remove people, or exit the group.

  • Select a group conversation and click the Details button (a small “i” in a circle information circle icon in the top right hand of the Messages screen).
  • Click “Change Group Name and Photo,” then follow the onscreen instructions.
    • Group Name: Name the group however you wish.
    • Photo: You can select photos, personalized Memoji, and more.
Name macOS Messages Group
  • Click Done.

How to add a person to a group conversation

You can add folks to a group conversation, even after the conversation has begun. 

  • In the Messages app, select a group conversation.
  • To search for contacts and content in conversations, click in the Search field in the top-left corner and enter what you’re looking for. Or, choose from the suggested contacts, links, photos, and more.
  • Click the Details button, then click Add Member.
Add a new member to macOS Messages Group

Enter the contact information for the person you want to add.


How to remove a person from a group conversation

If you’re in a group with at least three other folks, you can remove someone from the group. 

  • In the Messages app, choose a group conversation.
  • Click the Details button.
  • Control-click the name of the person you want to remove.
  • Choose Remove From Conversation.

How to leave a group conversation

When you’re finished chatting with your group, you can leave the group conversation (as long as there are at least three folks in the group).

  • In the Messages app, select a group conversation.
  • Click the Details button.
  • Scroll to the bottom.
  • Click “Leave this Conversation.”
Leave conversation in macOS Messages Group

If you want to stay in the group conversation but stop receiving message notifications, select the Hide Alerts checkbox.


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Dennis Sellers
the authorDennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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  • Thanks for this. It didn’t really help but it reminded me that messages on my iMac hasn’t worked for years and I hadn’t really investigated why. Thanks to you, I started looking. Turns out, somehow Google had taken control of it and because I had changed those passwords, Messages went off line. So I set it back to my Apple ID and password and voila!