Group Messages (for iMessage and SMS) was introduced in iOS 7. With it, you could chat with your friends as a group (instead of individual one-on-one messages). It was a new and interesting feature but the implementation sucked: there was no way to turn off or mute a group conversation.

Apple fixed this in iOS 8. You can now do a lot of things in group messages. Most importantly, you can leave a group message or if that’s too extreme a measure, you can simply mute the group message/conversation. (As a commenter points out, you can only leave a group message when all participants of the group are running iOS 8 and using iMessage).

How to Mute and Quit a Group Conversation on iPhone and iPad in iOS 8

How to Mute Group Message Chat in iOS 8:

  • Open the group message thread that you want to mute
  • Tap on Details from the top-right
  • Scroll down to the part where you see these:

How to Mute Group Conversation on iPhone and iPad in iOS 8

  • Switch ON Do Not Disturb to mute conversations from this group message.
  • You will stop receiving any notification from the group message. No banner notifications, no lockscreen notifications and no other alerts.

That Do Not Disturb switch more or less works like the mute switch you find on other messaging apps like Whatsapp. One major difference, however, is that there are no time limits. Once you switch it on, it stays on for as long as you want. You can turn it off to start receiving group message notifications.

What happens when you switch it on? Other than the fact that you stop receiving notifications of any type from the group message, every thing else remains same. You can still take part in the conversation because you will receive the messages.

How to Leave Group Message Conversation in iOS 8

  • You can also quit a group message when Do Not Disturb won’t fly. To do this:
  • Open the Messages app
  • Tap on the group conversation/thread
  • Tap on Details from top-right
  • Scroll all the way down

How to Quit Group Conversation on iPhone and iPad in iOS 8

  • Tap on Leave this Conversation. Confirm it and you’re out of the group conversation.

  • Penny

    When you leave the conversation, who sees the notification that you have left the conversation? Everybody in the conversation?

  • phone4work

    I muted group convo, now it’s muted (color wise) and I cannot flip it back to turn mute OFF and rejoin as it mentions above? Any other settings? Or do I delete the conversation, and begin a new one? ios 8.2 – iphone 5 – verizon

  • Susan

    What if you accidentally touch “leave conversation” and want to go back. I can’t figure out how to do that. Help please

  • ethanstern45

    Hey there- so mute group message does not work as indicated-
    You will stop receiving any notification from the group message. No banner notifications, no lockscreen notifications and no other alerts.
    I am still getting alerts, vibrations and lock screen notifications. Any suggestions?

    • This is probably because one or more of the group members are on iOS 7.x. Unfortunately, the leave group option works only when all the members are on iOS 8 or later.

  • SMA

    One important clarification though – Leave Group feature can be used ONLY IF all the group members are having iOS 8. If not, than you can not use the said feature.

    • Will Bailey

      The option will be greyed out if anyone in conversion is either sms or not on iOS 8. However I have found that this still never works. 6 people in conversation and verified all on iOS 8 and all iPhones… Still never lets me leave…