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How to remove yourself from a group text or mute the ones you can't leave

  • There’s no way to remove yourself from most group texts — you just have to mute them.
  • If everyone in the group text is using iMessage, though, you can leave it by tapping the “Leave this Conversation” button.
  • You can also block contacts or ask the creator of the group text to remake it without your phone number.

Few things are more annoying than a group text you don’t want to be part of. The more people in the text, the more notifications you have to sit through — it’s enough to make someone turn on Silent Mode permanently.

Luckily, both iPhone and Android devices offer a few ways to deal with unwanted group chats. Unfortunately, it’s probably not the method you’re looking for.

There’s no way to remove yourself from most group texts

If you’re in a group text, there’s a good chance that you don’t have a way to leave it. Most group texts don’t let participants freely remove themselves.

There’s only one exception to this. If everyone in the group chat is using iMessage — the texting service that’s native to iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac — then you are given a way to leave. To do this, open the group text and tap its name at the top of the screen, then tap Leave this Conversation.

If every member has iMessage, leaving is simple.

But if your group chat contains anyone who’s not using iMessage, even if it’s only one person, you can’t leave it. Instead, you’ll need to take a different path.

How to mute or block a group text

If you’re in a group chat you can’t leave, you’ve still got a few options for dealing with it.

Mute the group text

This will ensure that you never see any notifications from it, making it much easier to ignore.

To mute a group text on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, find it in your list of text conversations and hold your finger down on it, then select Hide Alerts. On a Mac, find it in the list and right-click it, then click Hide Alerts.

Muting the group text stops all notifications, but it still appears in the list of conversations.

To mute group texts on an Android, open the conversation and tap the three dots in the top-right corner, tap Group details, and then tap Notifications. You’ll be given a few different options you can use to mute the text.

You can immediately silence the chat by switching off the “Notifications” toggle at the top.

Block the senders

You can also try blocking every phone number in the group text. This ensures that you’ll never receive messages from them, but it also means they can’t text or call you on their own either.

To block a number on Apple devices, open the group chat and tap its name or the list of participants at the top, then tap the tab that tells you how many people are in it. Tap the caller that you want to block, then select Block this Caller. You have to do this on a mobile device — it’s not available on Mac.

On an Android, open the conversation and tap the three dots in the top-right corner, then tap Group details. Select the number you want to block, then tap the three dots in the top-right corner again. Select Block numbers.

Quick tip: You can also choose to report the number as “spam” on this screen, which sends a report about them to Google and your phone carrier.

Report the group text on Android

Some Android phones also include a “Report spam” feature. This immediately blocks the group text and everyone inside of it, and moves the chat into a separate “Spam & blocked” folder.

But it also sends a report to both Google and your phone carrier about the people in the chat, which can lead to penalties for them — possibly even having their phone accounts shut down. If you’re just trying to leave a group chat that’s filled with your friends, this definitely isn’t the method you want to use.

To do this, open the chat and tap the three dots in the top-right corner, and then Group details. Tap Report spam, then confirm you want to do it.

Reporting the conversation sends copies of its messages to Google and the phone carrier.

Remake the group text

Finally, you can ask the person who created the group text to remake it, just without your phone number. This still isn’t the same as removing yourself from a group text, but is a way to separate yourself from it.