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iOS 8: How to Leave a Group Chat in Messages

Posted by Jim Tanous on February 9, 2015

The days of mass emails were bad enough. These days, being drafted into a group chat in iOS Messages can be hell, with your iPhone alerting you every time one of a dozen people you don’t really know sends a message concerning something you don’t really care about. Thankfully, there are two ways to stop the madness. Here’s how to mute or leave a group chat in Messages for iOS 8.

Leave a Group Chat in Messages

If you want to leave a group chat entirely, open the chat thread in Messages for iOS 8 and tap Details, located at the top-right of the screen. This will display a list of all chat participants, location settings, and a summary of all images, videos, and audio clips attached to the thread. Right above the attachments section you’ll see a button labeled in red titled Leave this Conversation. Tap it, agree to the confirmation pop-up, and you’ll be removed from the group chat in Messages.
leave a group chat iPhone
Note that this won’t limit you from receiving future messages from the individuals in the this group chat, or from new group chats in which you’re included. The steps described here only prevent you from seeing future messages from this particular group chat.
There’s one big caveat, however: this method only works for group chats involving members using iMessage. A big group message involving both iMessage and SMS users will result in the Leave this Conversation button being grayed out, or not visible at all, depending on when the SMS users joined the conversation. But don’t worry! There’s another option…

Mute a Group Chat in Messages with Do Not Disturb

If you can’t use the Leave this Conversation option, you can still make group chats less annoying, even if your Apple ID or mobile number is still technically a member of the conversation.
Head to the same location described above (Messages > open the message you want to mute > Details). Again, scroll down through the Details screen until you see Do Not Disturb. Tap the button to turn it on (green) and you’ll no longer receive sound, vibration, or Notification Center alerts for this particular group chat. Unlike the steps above to leave a group chat, however, you can still see all updates to the conversation if you manually open the chat in the Messages app.
mute a group chat iPhone
The benefit of this option is that it works with all types of group chats, including iMessage-only, mixed iMessage and SMS, and exclusively SMS. As mentioned, it also allows you to go back and review the messages you missed, in case some important information is eventually distributed.

7 thoughts on “iOS 8: How to Leave a Group Chat in Messages”

Pliadisfoto says:
Malonu skaityti!
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itunes tech support says:
Group chat is a great technology .for this technology all friends can chat together. you also leave the group.if you can get some info you c contact with iTunes tech support.
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sponbonjoboni sponge says:
by accident i put my uncle in a group chat with about 16 other people, and just like me and everybody else in the chat cant leave. And this is a big problem for my uncle, the vice president of MTV, and he can get into big trouble. i really need help on what to do to make it possible to leave. and yes i have already went to details, but there is noting like leave chat, the only thing it has is do not disturb. But when people have turned this on for the chat they have still been getting notified about messages from the group. thanks again.
-please help!!!
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Josefreak Salem says:
Neither options work.
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rebel7254 says:
This appears to only work if the entire group consists of iOS users with iMessage enabled. If at least one party to the group is using a non-iOs device or has iMessage turned off, “Leave this Conversation” is not an option. Brilliant, right?
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john Smith says:
There isn’t even a Detail button…
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DisarmTheMunky says:
Neither of those options work!!!
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