Start a group chat

You can start a group chat with friends through Google Allo. You can message anyone in your contacts who has Allo or who can be reached through an app preview message or an SMS notification.

Groups are limited to 256 people. You can add people directly, share the chat's link, or use a QR code. If you can't send a message using Allo, you'll see "Invite" next to the contact's name.

Start a new group chat

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open Allo Allo app.
  2. Tap Start chat New chatand then Start group chat.
  3. Name the group. You can also choose to add a photo or choose an avatar.
  4. Optional: To make yourself the group administrator, turn on Group chat controls. You can't do this later. Learn about group admins.
  5. Tap Next.
  6. Tap the names of the people you want to chat with. You can also search for their names or numbers.
  7. Tap Next.
  8. Enter your message and tap Send Send.

If you can't send a message using Allo, you'll see "Invite" next to the contact's name.

Change group chat settings

Once you've created a group chat, you can change its settings:

Make someone else a group admin

When you start a new group chat, you can make yourself the group admin. You can't do this after the group is created.

After you make yourself the group admin, you can make someone else an admin:

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open Allo Allo app.
  2. Tap the group chat you created.
  3. In the upper right, tap the group icon and then Group details.
  4. Tap a person, then tap Make group admin and then Give.
  5. Optional: To remove someone as a group admin, tap the group icon and then Group details and then Choose a person and then Remove group admin and then Remove

What group admins can do

To let anyone in the group change the group settings, don't set a group admin. Only group admins can:

  • Change the group name and photo
  • Remove or ban someone from a group chat
  • Share or reset the group chat link
Change the group chat link
To protect the privacy of the group, you can change its link.
  • Only people with the new link can join the chat.
  • Resetting the group chat's link will also reset its QR code.
  1. Tap the group chat.
  2. In the upper right, tap the profile icon and then Group details and then Reset link and then Reset link

To let people join your group chat, send them the new link.

Add someone to a group chat
  1. Tap the group chat you want to add someone to.
  2. In the upper right, tap the profile icon.
    • Add a person directly: Tap Add people and then Tap the person's name and then Next.
    • Send someone a link: Tap Group details and then Share invite link and then Choose an app to send the link. You can edit the invitation message before you send it.
    • Add a person using a QR code: Tap Group details and then Add with QR code. When the QR code shows, tell the other person to scan it by going to Menu Menuand then QR scanner. Anyone with the QR code can join the group chat.

Options to exit group chats 

Leave a group chat
When you leave a group, your group chat history will be deleted from your device. But the messages won't be deleted on other people's devices until that person deletes it themselves.
  1. Tap the group conversation you want to leave.
  2. In the upper right, tap the profile icon and then Leave & delete chat history.
  3. Tap Leave to confirm you're leaving the group chat.
Remove someone from a group chat

If your group chat has a group admin, then only the admin can remove someone from the chat. If the group chat doesn't have an admin, anyone can remove someone at any time.

When you remove someone, the messages will be deleted from their device.

  1. Tap the group conversation from which you want to remove someone.
  2. In the upper right, tap the profile icon and then Group details.
  3. Tap the person's name and then Remove.
Ban someone from a group chat: Group admins only
Only group admins can ban someone in the group chat. When you ban someone, they are permanently removed from the group and can’t rejoin. 
  1. Tap the group conversation from which you want to remove someone.
  2. In the upper right, tap the profile icon and then Group details.
  3. Tap the person’s name and then Kick out & ban from group and then Kick out & ban. Once you ban someone, you can't undo it.
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