iOS 14 Now Features Mentions in iMessage — Here's How to Use It

iOS 14 brings in the ability to mention people in group chats. Here's how you can get that done and why it's helpful. Keep reading for more.

Mustafa Gatollari - Author

Sep. 17 2020, Updated 6:24 p.m. ET

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Group chats can go from being incredible to one of the most annoying and miserable experiences in all existence. An endless barrage of people one-upping themselves with inside jokes, contributing random GIFs, and asking the same questions over and over again, along with incessant memes polluting your phone's notifications are a nightmare. If you can relate to those group text experiences, then you might want to know how to mention someone in iMessage on iOS 14.

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iOS brings in a slew of new features: a handy list.

Apple's latest iteration of its popular mobile operating system packs a slew of new little tricks:

  • Redesigned and expanded widgets list
  • An App Library for better organization
  • Compact User Interface, like the "picture in picture" feature from Android
  • Improved Search
  • Pinned Conversations in Messages, inline replies, setting group chat photos
  • New Memoji hairstyles, clothing features, etc.
  • Maps improvements which includes locations of speed cameras, congestion zones, etc.
  • Translation updates
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  • Increased Siri functionality
  • Home can do more with smart appliances
  • Improved Safari experience
  • Sharing virtual "Car Keys", creating temporary ones so people can borrow your car.
  • Car Play UI and feature improvements
  • App Clips
  • New AirPods features
  • Improved Privacy

And those are just some of features offered in the newest update to users — you can check out the full list here.

How do you mention someone in iMessage on iOS 14?

If you've been a longtime WhatsApp user who utilizes the platform for group messages, then you're probably very familiar with "@'ing" people in mentions. It's a great way to catch people's attention in a hectic group text, and now, Apple is offering this functionality too.

So here's how you mention someone in your chat:

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  • Open Messages
  • Choose the group chat you want to Mention someone in
  • Type "@" before the person's name in the chat. Let's say the person's name is "Mustafa," then write "@Mustafa."
  • Write the message and send it as normal and there you go, you've just mentioned someone.
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How to set up specific alerts for @mentions in iMessage on iOS 14.

Maybe you need to mute a group chat because there's just too much going on in it, but you don't want to miss out on any specific mentions that reference you.

While @Mention notifications are active by default, if you wanted to disable them or make sure they're on, here's what you gotta do:

  • Open Settings
  • Open Messages
  • Turn Notify Me on/off under "Mentions."
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How to use inline reply to respond specifically to a mention.

Let's say if you want a sidebar conversation that doesn't concern everyone else in the group chat, or you want a lot of relevant information to stay in one place so everyone else doesn't get notified (but people can see this convo and join in if they like), all you need to do is:

  • Open the Messages app
  • Pick your desired group chat
  • Long press on the message you want to inline respond to.
  • "Reply" will come up as an option, hit it.
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Voila! And that's it. Have you updated to iOS 14? Or are you holding off for a while, or maybe you're an Android user, or you like to keep it old school and use a flip phone?

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