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How to Delete a Group Chat on an iPhone

You can delete an iPhone group text message by opening the Messages app, finding the conversation to delete, swiping to the left on it, and then tapping the trash can icon.

Our article continues below with more information about group text messages on an iPhone and what happens when you delete them.

You can also check out this video for more about how to delete a group text on iPhone.


Have you ever had a closet jam-packed with clothes you no longer wear? Your iPhone’s messaging app can feel the same way with old group chats. Just like decluttering your closet gives you space and peace of mind, clearing out those outdated group chats can do wonders for your digital sanity. Let’s walk through the garden of your iPhone messages and learn how to weed out those group chats.

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Why Say Goodbye to Old Group Chats?

Imagine you’ve had a fun weekend camping trip with friends. You created a group chat to plan every detail. But now that the trip is over, the chat is just sitting there, collecting digital dust. Here’s why tidying up can be a good idea:

  1. Free Up Space: Every meme, GIF, and video takes up space.
  2. Less Clutter: Simplify your messaging app for a smoother experience.
  3. Privacy: Old group chats might have sensitive info. Best to keep things clean!

The Step-by-Step Guide to Deleting Group Chats

Remember, this isn’t a waltz or a tango. It’s more like the chicken dance: straightforward and anyone can do it!

For Text Messages & iMessages

  1. Open up the ‘Messages’ app. That’s your dancefloor!
  2. You’ll see a list of your conversations. Find the group chat you want to bid farewell to.
  3. Swipe left on the chat. A red trash can option will appear. Tap it, and just like that, the chat goes poof!

For WhatsApp Group Chats

  1. Enter the ‘WhatsApp’ app.
  2. Tap on ‘Chats’ at the bottom.
  3. Find the group chat that’s overstayed its welcome.
  4. Swipe left, tap ‘More’, and then choose ‘Delete Group’. The chat will wave goodbye!

What Happens After the Grand Exit?

If you’ve ever thrown out old shoes, you know you can’t wear them again. Similarly, once you delete a group chat, it’s gone for good. You won’t see past messages, images, or videos from that chat. However, if someone starts up the chat again or sends a new message, a new conversation will sprout.

Video About Deleting an iPhone Group Message

Want a Fresh Start? Leaving vs. Deleting

Sometimes you just want to leave the past behind and start anew. In apps like WhatsApp, instead of deleting a group, you can choose to leave it. This means the chat history stays, but you won’t get new notifications or messages from the group. It’s like leaving a party without throwing away the party decorations.


There you have it! Just like how a clean closet can make you feel refreshed, a tidied-up message app can bring digital delight. Deleting group chats on your iPhone is a breeze, and now you’ve got the steps down pat. So, the next time your phone feels a bit crowded, you’ll know just the moves to make.


  1. If I delete a group chat, do other members know?
    • No, your decision is private. The chat only disappears from your phone.
  2. Can I retrieve a deleted group chat?
    • Once a chat is deleted, it’s gone from your phone. However, if you’ve backed up your phone, you might restore messages from the backup.
  3. Does leaving a WhatsApp group delete past messages?
    • No, leaving a group retains the chat history. But you won’t get new messages from the group.
  4. Can I delete individual messages in a group chat?
    • Absolutely! In most apps, you can tap and hold on a message, then choose the delete option.
  5. Why can’t I delete some group chats on my iPhone?
    • Some chats, especially those with business accounts or services, have special settings. You might need to leave the group or adjust the settings first.