Tired of the Dings? How to Leave a Group Chat on iPhone

Spike Team
By Spike Team, November 10, 2022, 4 min read
How to leave or mute a group chat on iPhone

Sometimes your iPhone group chats are going crazy, and you end up in a situation where you want to leave a group. If you’re wondering how to leave a group chat on iPhone, keep reading as we will walk through all the steps.


Group chats on iPhones are very convenient: they allow you to have multiple conversations with several people simultaneously and make it easier to continue a discussion as new participants join. But at times, you may find yourself wanting to leave a group chat that won’t let you do so—for whatever reason.


If you’re struggling with how to leave a group chat on iPhone, we’ve got all the information.



How to Leave a Group Chat on iPhone

Apple’s Messages app has two kinds of group chats: an iMessage group and an SMS/MMS one. The former includes only Apple users who rely on the company’s proprietary instant messaging service to exchange texts, while the latter consists of a combination of Apple and non-Apple people exchanging texts and media over cellular networks via the SMS protocol.


If all the people in the group are Apple users, your group will be filled with blue iMessage speech bubbles. If even one member of the group chat uses an Android phone, however, speech bubbles will be green.


And there’s more: SMS/MMS groups don’t give you an option to leave because they aren’t actually instant messaging. These messages go through your carrier over a custom protocol.


It’s possible to leave a group chat, but only if everyone else in that group is also using Apple devices.  So, if you can’t leave, it’s likely that one or more users aren’t using Apple devices and don’t have iMessage enabled.


How to leave group chat on iPhone

If everyone is using iMessage, here's how to leave a group chat:

  1. In Messages, open the group chat.

  2. Tap the group icon or name at the top of your thread to access it.

  3. Then tap Leave this Conversation to exit from a particular chat room entirely and confirm that you would like everyone else in that conversation to be notified about leaving them (as well as who did).


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Mute a Group Chat Without Leaving on iPhone


Muting group chat on iPhone


If you’re in a noisy group chat that you want to silence for a period, but you’re not ready to leave it, you do have the option to mute it.

Here's how:

  1. Open the group chat in the Messages app.

  2. Tap the group icon or the group name at the top of the group chat.

  3. Scroll down and toggle the switch on to Hide Alerts.

Muting a thread won’t prevent a badge from appearing on your home screen, though. You can also swipe left over the group message thread and tap on the Alerts button (the bell icon in purple). This will add a crescent moon icon next to your chat’s name to indicate it’s muted. When you’re ready to unmute the group, swipe left on the thread and hit the Alerts button again.



How to Mute SMS Group Chats on iPhone

As we mentioned in the beginning, it’s impossible to actually leave a group SMS chat. However, you can choose to mute it. To do this, open the conversation and tap on group chat icon to visit the chat page. Next, toggle Mute. You’ll see a crescent moon icon next to your chat’s name, indicating it’s muted. It would be great if Apple would work with the carriers to implement a way to leave an SMS group chat, but would likely need to implement RCS in order to do this. If you’ve recently updated to iOS 16, Apple does have a host of new iMessage features. Unfortunately, Apple has yet to release iMessage on Android.



A Better way to Group Chat on iPhone: Spike

iMessage for PC


If you’ve struggled with wanting to use iMessage on PC or iMessage on Windows 11, Spike might be your best option. Spike is an email client that looks and feels like iMessage. It allows you to send and receive messages from your iPhone to a Windows user or iPhone to Android. You can also use Spike to send messages from Android to someone using macOS. Spike supports group chats, emojis, and GIFs.


Spike also lets you send files, collaborate on documents, and send photos and videos using cloud storage. If you’re looking for an alternative for iMessage for PC (Windows 10 and 11) or Android, then Spike is the absolute best option available.

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