Group chat on Instagram — how to start it?

Julia Moore
Instagram adjusted its range of features with a function of group chats to make users' life more comfortable. Now, there is no need to upload a third-party app for creating a chat to communicate with several people at once. In this article, we teach you how to start a group chat, as well as get to know for whom this feature can be useful.
Reading time — 15 minutes

How to create a group chat

You can make an Instagram group chat both in the app and in the desktop version.

iOS, Android

  1. Firstly, open Instagram feed and tap the airplane or messenger icon in the upper-right corner.
  2. Find and hit the pencil and paper icon in the upper-right corner. 
  3. Now, choose users for your group chat. Tap the search bar to find people.
  4. When you see the right person in the Suggested list, hit the plus icon next to it to add a person to the chat.
  5. As soon as you add all the people, choose Chat in the upper-right corner.
  6. You can come up with a name for your new IG chat. To do this, tap Name this group at the top of the screen.
  7. Tap Done.

Done! A group chat on Instagram is created. Now you don't have to send a message to each user separately.

PC or Mac

01. Open the browser version of Instagram and click on the airplane icon in the upper-right corner.

02. Press Send Message.

03. Type the username of the person you want to add in the search bar.

04. When you see his or her account in the list below, click on the circle next to the username to add. 

05. Send an invitation to all the right users. Hit Next.

06. So, group chat is started by you. To give it a name, press the information icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.

07. Fill in the Group Name line.

08. Then, click Done.

You can add from 2 to 32 people to a group chat.

How to add friends

If you didn't add all the members at the chat creation stage, then it's time to do it now.

  1. Open Instagram and hit the icon of the airplane or messenger in the top part of the screen.
  2. Tap the chat where you want to add new participants.
  3. Hit See Group Members.
  4. Scroll down and select Add people.
  5. Tap the search bar to find the right user.
  6. To add a new member, hit his or her username. You'll see the blue check mark next to the username, and his or her account will appear in the To field.
  7. Hit Next.
  8. Then, you'll see a notification that the user can see all the previous messages of this group chat. To confirm the action, tap Add.

If you accidentally added an unnecessary participant, don't worry! The person won't know about it at this stage. Just hit his or her username in the To field. Tap a red cross icon next to it.

How to delete someone from a group chat

If you added someone to a group chat by mistake, or the person doesn't use this account anymore, it's time to delete it.

Please note: only a group chat admin can delete participants.
  1. Open Instagram and tap the airplane or messenger icon.
  2. Choose the group chat from which you want to remove a member.
  3. Tap See Group Members.
  4. Scroll down to the list of participants. Find the right user and hit the three dots next to his or her username.
  5. Select Remove from Group.

Members of the group chat get notifications not only when someone sends messages, but also, for instance, when new people join to the chat or leave it. If you don't want to receive notifications once again, then in the group chat, choose See Group Members. In the Notifications section, move the slider to the right next to Mute messages.

Start a video chat

You can also make video calls in a group chat. This is very convenient because in the COVID-19 pandemic, the use of video conferencing platforms has become the only way to communicate at a distance. So, there is no need to download Skype, Zoom or Google Meeting to hold an online meeting. You can merely create a group chat and start a video call, to which only chat members will have access.

  1. To start a video call, go to Instagram and hit the messenger or airplane icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap a chat in which you will start a video call.
  3. At the top of the screen, choose the camera icon.
  4. If you don't want to turn on the camera, then tap the camera icon again.

According to the same steps, you can make an audio call, only instead of the camera icon, select the phone icon.

Audio and video calls can only be made in the Instagram app.

How to leave a group chat

If you don't want to be a part of the Insta group chat anymore, you can leave it whenever you want.

  1. Open Instagram and hit the airplane or messenger icon.
  2. Go to the chat which you want to leave.
  3. Tap See Group Members.
  4. Scroll down till you find Leave chat. Choose it.
  5. Confirm your action by selecting Leave.
Please note: when you leave a chat, it will be deleted from the list of your direct messages, so you can't return to it until one of the members re-add you.

In case you're a creator of the chat that is no longer used, you can also leave it.

  1. Open Instagram and hit the airplane or messenger icon.
  2. Go to the chat that you want to leave.
  3. Tap See Group Members.
  4. As you're an admin, someone from the participants has to take your position. If it's crucial for you that a certain user is the admin, find his or her username in the list of participants and hit the three dots next to it.
  5. Select Make Admin. If this isn't important to you, then proceed to the next step. In this case, Instagram itself will automatically appoint any of the participants as an administrator.
  6. Scroll down and tap Leave chat
  7. Choose Leave.

Done! You left the group chat. To be a member of it again and receive messages, you need someone from the participants to add you again.

Please note that you can appoint as an admin both one person and all participants of a group chat. If you decide to make everyone admins, then each of the members will have the right to delete unnecessary users.

Who can use group chats?

Anyone can use Instagram group chats. Below, we would like to give some examples of how exactly you can use them.

For your business

Use Insta group chats if you run an offline or online business. This is especially convenient if you use Instagram as a tool for promotion. For instance, you launch a new product, and to discuss all the details with your team, it's easier to use one chat than communicate with everyone separately. In addition, you can start a video conference.

For coaches

Use the group chat if you are a coach. Create a chat on Instagram and add all the participants of your course or marathon there. Thus, you will be able to conduct video calls, communicate with users, and also send vital information and materials to everyone at once.

By the way, it's easier to promote your services and products if you have a website where everything about them is described in detail. If you don't have one, then use Taplink. This tool will allow you to tell your audience about your product, show it visually through photos or videos, share your contacts and location, if necessary. Use one of more than 300 designs to make the page even more colorful.

For friends and family

Surely, you have friends with whom you exchange memes on Instagram. So, what's the need to send the same post to everyone individually if you can share it in a group chat?

Let's recap

If you use group chats on Instagram, then you don't need to download additional apps that are designed specifically for this. As a result, the phone's memory isn't overloaded.

Use this feature on Instagram to chat with friends or to discuss work projects. Moreover, don't forget that you can create group chats in the desktop version.

A few things that are important to remember:

  • the maximum number of group members is 32 people;
  • only the admin of the group can delete a member;
  • the number of admins in the group is unlimited;
  • all the messages you send in the chat are visible to participants.

By the way, we have an article with the secrets of using direct messages.

Write in the comments — do you like to communicate in a group chat or do you prefer the direct one-on-one messaging?