How to give group chat a custom name in Messages app in iOS 8

If you’re a heavy Messages app, you probably lose track of conversations you are having with your friends, and have to read through a thread just to get the context.

A easier way to do this would be to give a conversation or group chat a name like you can do in Whatsapp.

You can finally give a conversation or group chat a name in the Messages app in iOS 8, so you can find it later and figure out the context. It is quite easy to change the name, but not very obvious, so it is easy to miss it.

Note: This works with only with iMessages and not with SMS or text messages.

How to give a name to a conversation in Messages app:

  • Launch the Messages app
  • Tap on the conversation you want to name.
  • Tap on Details in the top right corner.
iOS 8 Messages - Share location
  • At this point, you won’t see the Group Name.
iOS 8 - Messages - Group name


  • Swipe down on the screen, which should reveal the Group Name field.
iOS 8 - Messages - Group name
  • Tap on the edit box next to it to give the group chat a name so that you can easily get the context. If you had already give it a name, then tap on the x button and type a new name to change it.
  • Tap on the back arrow, or swipe from left edge of the screen to go back to the conversation.

It should now be easy to find the conversation.