Days are only 24 hours long. Therefore, you should regularly clean up your iMessage conversations to prevent becoming overloaded with a ton of pointless messages and notifications. This involves, for example, leaving group discussions that no longer interest you. And as you will see, this process is straightforward to carry out.
How to Leave a group chat on iMessage on your iPhone
The 21st century has seen the birth of many inventions such as AI, self-driving cars and group chats. We sometimes forget it, but these technological advances have profoundly changed our daily lives for better and worse.
Private group conversations , for example, can sometimes become the scene of conflicts or misunderstandings. Not to mention, dozens if not hundreds of messages that accumulate in our discussion threads and to which it is practically impossible to respond.
In some cases, it is better to leave a group than to remain under the constant fire of incessant chatter. It’s about your emotional well-being. Here’s how to do it.
- Open the iMessage app on your iPhone
- Select from your discussion threads the conversation you want to leave
- Place your finger on the conversation name at the top of the screen
- Open the settings menu to manage a group chat
- This operation will trigger the opening of a submenu
- Press the small Info button represented by the i icon
- Slide the window down
- Click the red Leave this conversation button
- Your iPhone will ask you to confirm your decision
You are no longer part of this discussion group. So no more endless debates, invectives and totally useless messages. But the most important thing is that from now on your phone will no longer ring all the time.
Why does iMessage refuse to let me leave a conversation?
You have followed all the steps described in the previous section to the letter. And yet despite your best efforts, you still find yourself stuck in this group conversation with no way to leave it.
Rest assured, this is probably not an iMessage bug . Indeed, you should know that Apple’s messaging application prevents any user from leaving a group conversation if it has a limited number of participants.
By default, iMessage blocks any request when there are fewer than 3 people in the chat besides you. This is explained by the fact that the iMessage application considers that below 3 participants, it is no longer a group discussion but rather a private conversation.
So don’t be surprised if your exit requests end in refusal. Apple’s email service was designed this way. That’s how it is, there’s nothing you can do about it except mute group chats that seem unbearable to you.
Escaping invasive group chats
Group discussions sometimes feel like living in a sterile bubble. Social messengers like iMessage encourage endless debates. Most of the time, these conversations revolve around repetitive and unenriching topics.
Worse, in some cases, these messages become a source of conflict. We can no longer count the number of discussions in which participants begin to insult each other. It is true that behind a screen, people tend to let go more easily than in real life.
Unfortunately sometimes it happens that we cannot leave a group. Social pressure means that certain groups (neighbors, work colleagues, parents of students) become unavoidable. Leaving these places would then be frowned upon by the rest of the participants. In such a situation, you still have the option to mute group notifications.
- Open the iMessage app on your smartphone
- Select the conversation thread you want to mute
- Click on the discussion title at the top of the window
- Tap the Info icon
- Click the Hide Alerts switch (the button will turn gray)
You will no longer receive any notifications from this chat. But rest assured, you officially still remain a member of this group. You will therefore be able to access it at any time if necessary. This solution is particularly useful for preserving social connections while avoiding unnecessary distractions.