How to customize group chats with photos, Memoji and more in the Messages app

Add Group Conversation Photo Messages iPad

You may have group conversations in Messages with your closest friends, family members or business associates. One way to customize a group conversation is to give it a descriptive name. But as of iOS and iPadOS 14, another way is to set a group photo, emoji, or Memoji. And, if you have macOS Big Sur installed, you set a group photo there too.

By customizing your group conversation, you can make it stand out so it’s easier to find in the message list. Or you might simply add a photo for something fun and entertaining. Either way, it’s easy to do. Here’s how to set a group conversation photo in Messages.

How to add a group photo in Messages on iOS

The nice thing about adding customizing your group conversation in Messages is that you can use a photograph, emoji or even Memoji. This lets you apply an image that fits your group.

1) Open Messages on your iPhone or iPad.

2) Select the group chat whose appearance you’d like to personalize.

3) At the top, tap the arrow to expand the available options under the group name or number of participants, then select the Info icon.

4) Choose Change Name and Photo.

Messages Change Group Name and Photo iPad

The next screen is divided by the types of images you can add. You can quickly pick one of the suggestions, an icon or emoji under More, or scroll down and choose a Memoji.

If you prefer to customize the image, you’ll use one of the four blue icons across the top.

Messages Pick Group Photo iPad

Starting from the left, you can snap a photo with your iPhone or iPad camera or choose a picture from the Camera roll. These are great options for capturing a group photo, provided you’re currently all together, or maybe using one you’ve already taken and saved.

If you pick one of these options, you can add a color filter before you apply it.

Messages Add Photo Filter iPad

Next to these options is a smiley icon that lets you pick a desired emoji. There’s also a pencil icon which allows you to edit one of the suggestions or add your own text.

Similar to the photo options, these let you pick a style which is a colored background.

Messages Add Emoji Style iPad

When you finish and are happy with your photo, you’ll see it pop into the center of the group. If you change your mind, tap the X to remove it. If you want to keep it, tap Done.

Messages Added Group Photo iPad

Now when you see your group in your list or as a pin at the top, it will have that awesome image you applied. And the participants in the group will see it too!

Messages Pinned Group Photo iPad

How to add a group photo in Messages on Mac

You have the same options for setting a group chat photo in Messages on Mac as you do on iOS. You’ll just start a bit differently.

1) Open Messages and select the group conversation.

2) Either right-click and pick Details or click the Info icon (small letter “i”) on the top right.

3) Choose Change Group Name and Photo.

4) Select the photo, emoji, or Memoji and click Done when you finish.

Set Group Photo or Emoji in Messages on Mac

Wrapping it up

Having an option to set a group photo for a conversation in Messages is a nice feature. Whether it’s a logo for a business group or family picture for your family group, these photos are useful and fun at the same time.

What do you think of the group photo feature in Messages? Is it something you were glad to see added? Let us know in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter!