Our smartphones help keep us connected to our friends and family across the globe. But, since nothing beats a good party, you’re probably wondering if there’s a way you can add a bunch of your friends or family into a group to communicate together to share stories, laughs, and good times.
Fortunately, you’re in luck. Read on, and we’ll cover how you can easily make group chats with all your friends in one place with Snapchat.
How to create a group chat
To create the chat, go to the Friends screen by tapping on the word-bubble Chat icon on the lower left side of the screen. Then, tap the New Chat icon at the upper right-hand side of the screen. This icon looks like a word bubble, too, but with a pen. From there, tap New Group, then go through the friends list below and tap on the names you want to add to the chat. When you’re done, tap Chat with Group.
How to run your group chat
Once your group chat is created, you can customize it and change how the members interact. First, tap on the pencil icon at the top of the screen and name your chat. If you want to go beyond texting and sending snaps, tap the phone icon or the video icon to start an audio or visual chat.
You can also play games in your group chat. To start things up, tap the rocket icon beside the chat box and choose a game from the list that pops up.
If someone is getting rowdy, you can delete messages by pressing your finger on the message. A menu will pop up on the screen, giving you the option to save, copy, or delete the message.
How to add more people
The more, the merrier, of course. Thankfully, if you want to add more friends to your chat, it’s simple. Go to the Friends screen and hold your finger down on the group chat name. From the menu that pops up, choose More, and then tap Add Members to the Group. Select friends from the list to round out your existing chat.
How to leave a group chat
The nice thing about Snapchat’s group chats is that you can leave without ruining everyone else’s fun. Head to the Friends screen and hold your finger down on the group chat. A menu will pop up. Choose More from the list and tap Leave Group. A popup will ask you to confirm that you want to leave. You can head out after that — but keep in mind that all your chats will disappear once you leave. Even if someone saved messages that you sent, your exit will delete them.
It’s as easy as that to dismiss yourself, but each of your chats will vanish as soon as you exit (even if someone previously saved your messages). If you don’t want to erase yourself from the group chat, but you need the notifications to be quiet, you can silence it. Go to the same menu and tap Message Notification from the list, then hit Silent. This way, you’ll remain in the group but won’t be bombarded with notifications.
Snapchat became famous for many reasons, but we think group chat is one of the best elements of the platform when you take advantage of it in the right way.