How to use people mentions in Messages on iPhone and iPad

Mention in Group Messages iPad

Group conversations can be great ways to communicate in Messages. It could be a team of coworkers collaborating on a project or a bunch of friends making plans for the weekend. And the improvements to Messages in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 make group conversations better than ever.

One feature you’re sure to appreciate is Mentions. Just like using a mention for someone on social media or in a team communication app, you can use one in Messages too. This brings your particular message to that person’s attention and the same is true when someone else mentions you.

Here’s how to use the mentions feature in Messages on iPhone and iPad.

Mention a group member

If you want to grab your group member’s attention, you can simply type their name with or without the @ symbol in front of it within your message.

That person’s name will turn gray in your message text. When you see this, tap their name and you’ll get a pop-up icon of them. Tap that icon and you’ll see a nice animation as their name turns blue in your message text. Voila! You’ve created a mention.

Add Mention in Messages iPad

When someone in your group follows this process to mention you, your name will be highlighted in the conversation, making it easy to spot and respond.

Be notified of mentions

If you have several group conversations in Messages or a conversation that includes a large group of people, it can be hard to keep up. Mentions definitely make that easier.

In addition to seeing your name highlighted in the conversation, you can set notifications to alert you when you’re mentioned. This saves you from having to repeatedly check the conversation for messages that involve you.

Open your Settings and select Messages. Then, enable the toggle for Notify Me under Mentions.

Notify Me of Mentions in Messages iPad

As you’ll notice the statement below that setting, you’ll receive an alert even when a conversation is muted. This lets you Hide Alerts for the group conversation but still be notified when you need to respond. Awesome, right?

Wrapping it up

It may take a few messages for you to get used to the mentions feature or remember it’s there. But once you do, it’s sure to be a handy one for many of your group conversations in Messages.

Do you think mentions is a good addition to the Messages app? Is it a feature you think you’ll use often? Let us know your thoughts on it below!