How to Leave a Group Text

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How to Leave a Group Text on Android or iOS

How to leave or mute group texting on Android and iOS is covered in this post. Unless otherwise stated, instructions apply to regular iOS 12/Android 8 and higher.

How to Escape a Group Text on Android

On an Android device, you can choose to mute notifications but you cannot quit a group text without asking to be removed.

The Android stock messages app can be used by following these instructions. The procedure for exiting a group SMS may alter if your Android phone utilizes a different messaging program, such as Google Messages or Samsung Messages.

  1. Navigate to the group text.

  2. Tap the three vertical dots.

  3. Tap the bell to mute the conversation.

  4. You will not see any more messages in the group text unless you go back and tap the bell again to accept them. At that point, the messages you missed will populate the conversation.

Leave a Group Text on an iPhone

If you have an iPhone, you have a few options for muting unwanted group texts.

Option 1: Mute Notifications

The first option on iOS is to mute group text notifications:

  1. Open the group text you want to mute.

  2. Go to the top of the screen and tap the group of contacts.

  3. Tap the Information button (it’s located under the group).

  4. Scroll to the bottom and tap the Hide Alerts toggle to turn it On.

You won’t receive a notification (and the associated text sound) each time someone in the group text sends a new message if you choose to Hide Alerts (or Do Not Disturb in iOS 11 or before). Open the group text to see the thread’s most recent messages. Distractions are reduced using this technique.

Option 2: Leave a Group Text on iOS

Even if you’re using the Messages app on your iPhone, it’s not always possible to truly end the discussion.

There are some requirements that must be met in order to leave a group text on iOS.

  • You must be in an iMessage conversation rather than a standard group text message. If some of the people in the group chat use Android phones or other apps rather than Messages on iOS, you’ll be in a standard group message and the option to leave a group text through Messages isn’t available.
  • There must be at least four people in a group text. The logic is that if you were to leave a three-person conversation, it would no longer be a group text but rather a simple text between two people. In any case, if you’re in a three-person iMessage chat, the Leave this Conversation option is grayed out.

If you are able to leave a group text on iOS, follow these instructions:

  1. Open the group iMessage you want to leave.

  2. Tap the group at the top, then the Information button.

  3. Scroll down and tap Leave this Conversation.

    1. Tap Leave this Conversation to confirm your choice.