How to Make a Group Chat in Facebook Messenger

Facebook’s popularity quickly made its companion chatting app, Facebook Messenger, one of the most used chatting apps in the world. Its success can’t only be contributed to Facebook’s though, as Messenger has many of its own neat features like augmented reality effects, custom chat themes, and more.

Some of these features, like its most recent Watch Together, are sometimes better enjoyed with a group of friends. With group chats, you can do exactly that! They’re also just a great way to keep in touch with your closest friends and family.

In this article, we’ll show you how to make a group chat in Facebook Messenger.

How to Create a Group Chat in Facebook Messenger

Mobile

  1. Open the Facebook Messenger app.
  2. Tap the Pencil icon in the upper right corner and then tap Create New Group.
    Facebook Messenger Create Group Chat Option in Create Chat Menu
  3. Tap each person you wish to be a member of the group chat. A checkmark will appear to each name and their profile picture in a row at the top as you select them.
  4. Tap Next in the upper right corner.
    Facebook Messenger Mobile App Group Members and Next on Add Participants Screen
  5. In the New Group screen, tap the Group Name field and give your new group a name.
  6. Finally, tap Create in the upper right corner.
    Facebook Messenger Mobile App Group Name and Create Button on New Group Screen

Desktop

  1. Open Facebook.com in your web browser and sign into your account.
  2. Click the Messenger icon in the upper right corner and then click See All in Messenger at the bottom. You can also simply open www.facebook.com/messages/t/ in your web browser.
    Facebook See All in Messenger in Messenger Icon Menu
  3. Click the New message icon in the upper left corner.
    Facebook Messenger Web New Message Button
  4. In the To: field, start typing the name of each person you wish to start a group chat with and select them as they appear in the list.
    Facebook Messenger Web To Field with List of Names
  5. Send a message!

If you wish to name a group on Desktop, click Change Chat Name in the panel at the right under Customize Chat after sending your first message.

How to Add & Remove Members of an Existing Group Chat in Facebook Messenger

After creating a group chat, it’s a good idea to know how to manage its members in case you need to add or remove someone later. Use the steps below to add / remove members from a Facebook group chat.

You’ll need to be an admin of the group to remove members, but anyone that’s already a member can add others.

Mobile

  1. Open the Facebook Messenger app.
  2. Tap the group chat that you wish to add or remove a member from.
  3. Tap the Information icon in the upper right corner and then tap See Group Members.
    Facebook Messenger Mobile App See Group Members in Chat Information Menu
  4. To add a member, tap Add in the upper right corner and select them from the list that appears. You can also tap Add next to friends under Suggested Members.
    Facebook Messenger Mobile App Add Button in See Group Members Screen
  5. To remove a member, tap an existing member and then select Remove From Group.
    Facebook Messenger Mobile App Remove from Group Button in See All Members

Desktop

  1. Open Facebook Messenger in your web browser as shown in the section above. You can also simply navigate to www.facebook.com/messages/t/.
  2. Click the group chat you wish to add or remove a member from under Chats at the left.
  3. Click to expand Chat Members in the panel at the far right. You might, first, need to click the Information icon in the upper right corner to reveal the panel.
    Facebook Messenger Web Chat Members in Chat Information Menu
  4. To add a member, simply click Add People and then select them in the list that appears.
    Facebook Messenger Web Add People Under Chat Members in Information Menu
  5. To remove a member, click the 3 dots next to their name and select Remove Member.
    Facebook Messenger Web Remove Member Under Chat Members in Information Menu

Deleting a Group Chat

Deleting a group chat in Facebook Messenger is a little more complicated than it might sound. You can delete the chat like you would any other, but that only deletes your copy of the conversation.

While you can’t delete a conversation from everyone’s inbox, you can disband the group. This will archive the conversation for everyone else in the group, and they will no longer be able to reply.

You’ll need to be an admin of a group to disband it. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Open Facebook Messenger and click / tap the group you wish to disband.
  2. Use the steps above to remove all members of the group except yourself.
  3. When you are the only remaining member, select yourself and click / tap Leave Conversation (Leave Chat on Desktop).
  4. Click / tap the Leave button on the confirmation pop-up.

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