How to Leave Instagram Group Chat Without Them Knowing

Does Instagram Notify When You Leave a Group?

When most group chats have too many people, it’s common to have disagreements and people who don’t just fit into the group. Unfortunately, Instagram doesn’t allow you to remove people from group chats. Therefore, if you’re having a disagreement, it’s easier to take matters into your own hands and leave the group chat yourself

If you’ve never left a group chat before, chances are you don’t know what happens when you leave. There are a few things you should know before you leave a group chat so that you don’t leave disrespectfully and having the group feel a certain way.

Does Instagram Notify When You Leave a Group

When you leave an Instagram group, the group will get notified when you leave. A short message is left at the bottom of the screen saying that you have left the group.

This notification is grey so it may go unnoticed if people aren’t paying attention and as new messages come up, the notification gets moved up.

Important: Once you’ve left the group chat, all of your messages will be deleted. If you’ve been talking a lot in the chat, it’s best that you don’t leave until the chat is active without you saying anything. If you don’t message the chat regularly, people may not notice it when your messages disappear.

Tip: If you’re going to leave a group chat, it’s best that you leave when the group chat is most active. When group chats are active, people don’t really notice the details in the chat such as the grey notification.

Note: Once you leave a group chat if you’ve been involved in a disagreement, chances are that you’ll be added back to the chat. Usually, people will think you just left in the heat of the moment and will want to add you back later on.

If I Leave Instagram Group Does it Show?

Yes, a message will show to everyone else in the group saying you’ve left. This is a message in black/greyish text that shows as soon as you leave, so active members will clearly see you’ve left.

Can You Leave an Instagram Group Without Anyone Knowing

There’s no way to leave a group chat without others being notified because as soon as you leave a group chat, Instagram instantly lets everyone in the group know that you’ve left via a notification in the group chat.

There is no current method that will allow you to do this secretly because they like people to know when someone within a group has left. If there wasn’t this notification that alerted everyone, people may think that you’ve deleted Instagram, or there may have been a bug. So Instagram likes to let everyone know concretely that you’ve left a chat.

Although you can’t leave silently, there are some loopholes that you can use that will be as effective as leaving. You’re not going to be outright leaving, but it still has the same effect.

How to Leave Instagram Group Chat Without Them Knowing

1. Exiting the Group by Archiving the Chat

Another loophole that you can use to leave an Instagram group chat without other people in the chat noticing is by archiving the chat. This method is best when you want to leave an inactive chat.

This involves you archiving the chat so that you don’t have to look at it each time you’re on Instagram. And since this chat is inactive, once you’ve archived it, no one will be sending messages within it so that chat can’t reappear for you again.

To archive a chat:

1. Open Instagram DMs.

2. Find the chat that you want to Archive.

3. On iPhone, swipe to the left on the chat. On Android, you want to tap and hold.

4. Select the Delete icon.

2. Blocking An Instagram Group Chat to Leave Without Being Noticed

Another great way to get out of an Instagram group chat without anyone noticing is by blocking the group.

This doesn’t mean that you’ll be leaving the group, it just means that you won’t be receiving notifications from the group, and no one in the group can message you. This is another alternative to actually leaving because it has all of the benefits and no one will receive a notification.

Blocking the group involves you going to everyone individually and blocking them. This is only a good method when you’re not close with anyone in the group so they won’t later on try and message you personally.

There’s no way that they can find out that they’ve been blocked so it’s a good loophole to actually exiting a group and notifying everyone.

Bare in mind once you block everyone in that group chat, your messages won’t send to the group chat if you try sending a message.

3. Muting a Group Chat without Anyone Noticing

One more alternative to leaving the group chat without anyone knowing is by muting the group. Although this isn’t leaving the chat, it has that same effect.

You’ll still be part of the group, but you’ll no longer be receiving notifications when people message you. To do this, you’ll need to go to the group, select the name at the top, then toggle on Mute Messages and Mentions.

Bare in mind people can find out when you’ve muted them on Instagram so be aware.

4. Leaving Instagram Group

As you’ve probably seen, you don’t have many options when it comes to leaving a group chat without the notification coming up in the chat so if you want to know how to leave normally, then read below.

1. Open Instagram.

2. Tap on Home in the lower-left corner.

3. Tap on DM in the upper-right corner.

4. Open a group conversation.

5. Tap on i in the upper-right corner.

Leave chat

6. Tap Leave chat at the bottom.

5. Ignore the Chat

If you don’t want to leave the group chat in fear of coming off as rude, you could try simply not opening the group chat messages. They may think you’re too busy for the group chat, or that you uninstalled the app.

Whatever they’ll think, they will know you didn’t leave the group chat. If you want to leave the group chat, we recommend to just give a nice goodbye message and go, as it’d probably get pretty annoying staying in a group chat you don’t want to be in.

However, if you don’t want to do this, if you’re going to simply ignore the group chat, you’ll probably want to turn notifications off.

6. Disable Instagram Notifications

If you want to take a break from the group chat without just leaving, you could turn off the group chat notifications. This way, you can use the app as normal and you’ll still get notifications like always; just not from the group chat.

This can be an easy alternative to leaving the group chat, or logging out of your Instagram profile to avoid the notifications. Here’s how to disable your Group chat notifications.

Step 1.  In the Instagram DM’s, go to the group chat in question.

Step 2. Tap the name of the group chat at the top of the screen.

Step 3. At the top of the group chat ‘Details’ page, you should see ‘Mute messages’ and ‘Mute call notifications’. If you turn both of these settings on, you will not receive notifications from that group chat until you turn the setting off.

Turning off Instagram group chat notifications is that easy, and this can be done for any type of conversation – not just group chats!

7. Leave when the group chat is busy

When lots of messages are being sent at once, it’s the best time to leave the group chat without them seeing the message.

Since there are so many messages being sent at once, the chance of others seeing the notification that you left are smaller than it would be otherwise.

However, this plan is not foolproof; there’s still a decent chance other members will see the message, and even if they don’t, they’ll eventually notice you left at one point.

9. Log Out of Instagram so You’re Not Notified

If you think taking a break from Instagram completely is necessary, you could just simply log out of Instagram for a while.

This way you won’t receive any notifications from the group chat or anything else from Instagram, and when you come back there’s a chance you may feel better about the group chat. To log out of Instagram;

Step 1. Press your profile picture, located in the bottom right corner of your screen.

Step 2. Tap the three stacked lines located in the top right corner.

Step 3. Press ‘Settings’.

Step 4. At the bottom of the settings page, tap ‘Log Out’.

You’ll now successfully be logged out of Instagram; just make sure you’ll remember your login details to avoid being locked out of your account.

Leaving Instagram Group Chat Etiquette

Rather than fearing what people will think of you if you were to leave the Instagram group abruptly without saying anything, you can try and leave the group politely so that you don’t come off as rude.

Since there is no way to really leave a group without anyone knowing, having a good reason to leave the group chat will allow you to smoothly leave the group while continuing to use Instagram as normal.

There are many polite reasons and excuses for leaving a group chat; you just have to choose one that sounds believable. Here are multiple solid reasons for leaving the group chat that people can’t really be mad at!

“I’ve got no storage and this group chat is taking a lot.” – This works well if there are loads of videos and photos being sent in the group; they’ll think it’s a genuine reason and it’ll look better than just leaving the group abruptly.

You could also couple this up with that you’ve tried to delete lots of videos and photos from your camera roll, and it’s still saying Instagram is taking the most storage and this is the only active group chat you have on Instagram.

“I’ve got a data limit and Instagram is using too much data too quickly” – this gives them a genuine reason, which is that your data is being drained up by Instagram too quickly, and you need to leave to prevent it. You could also pair this up with the fact that you’ll join the group again once you get more data. “I’m trying to cut down on Screen Time” – Since this is something that many people focus on, it’s a totally perfect excuse for leaving a group chat.

They’ll understand that reading and responding to group chats take up an excessive amount of time and can be extremely distracting, so taking yourself out of it will free up some time for you.

“I’m studying and need to get rid of distractions” – If you have lots of upcoming exams or tests that the group chat members are aware of, they’ll easily understand why you need to leave the group chat to get rid of distractions.

Most people who have exams have to go through a strict period of revision prior to, and if they realize you need less distractions, they should understand, and if they’re good friends they’ll let you be.

David Johnson is a freelance writer with 9 years of experience writing for Techzillo and other established tech outlets like iMore. His focus and key interests are Apple and accessibility as well as consumer technology in general. Read our Editorial Guidlines and Fact Checking process.


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