The culture of social media has picked pace in an extraordinary fashion over the last couple of years. There are so many social media apps that let you interact with your loved ones through instant messaging. Almost every platform these days has a feature that accommodates instant messaging e.g. Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, WhatsApp etc.

Much similar to these apps, Apple has long introduced a feature called iMessage. it is a free instant messaging service that let two Apple users communicate. A decent internet connection and iMessage will let you send text messages, pictures, videos, audio files or whatnot. Additionally, iMessage, just like all these social media giants, let you create iMessage Group Chat.

iMessage group chat feels great in its early days. Your friends discussing matters, sharing ideas, or roasting someone together as a unit feels so much of a fun. However, there comes a time when you or any other group member ends up obnoxious or bored and just wants to leave the group. You or any one of them would think that there might be no way out of this, but in reality, there is. You have actually more than one way to free yourself out of the iMessage Group Chat.

Leaving the Group

Multi-person iMessage session can get on your nerves with its constant buzzing. For example, you are midway of something very important, you simply can’t afford to participate in the group. At the same time, the other group members decide to procrastinate; they start a discussion and your phone is flooded with notifications every passing minute.

Switching off the phone is one option, but you wouldn’t prefer it. Enabling the Do Not Disturb mode will help the cause but it will also block the notification (calls or texts that are important). Now you are left with just a single option which is to leave the group. In other words, removing yourself from a group iMessage chat. It is pretty straightforward and here is how you can do it:

1. Open the Message App on your iPhone.

2. Now open that chat which is proving to be troublesome.

3. Tap on the option Details.

4. Now scroll down towards the bottom and locate the option Leave this Conversation and tap on it.

5. Tapping on it will remove you from the group and your peace would be restored.

A message would appear on the group that this person (your name) has left the group. However, there is just one small issue. You won’t be allowed to leave the group if there are less than four participants in it. The option Leave this Conversation would turn grey and it will not prompt any action whatsoever. So, if that’s the case then you may have to look for a different option.

Apple doesn’t care to explain why this limitation exists. However, this limitation has been intact from the start and doesn’t look to disappear anytime soon. So, if you’re stuck in some group with less than four participants then you can’t leave it but you can actually make yourself invisible or unavailable. Here is how you can do it.

Via Do Not Disturb

As mentioned earlier, you may not like to toggle on Do not Disturb as it can block your important calls or messages. However, enabling Do not Disturb particularly for this very group will stop the annoying notification buzzes only from the group. Here is how you can do it.

1. Open the Message App on your iPhone.

2. Now open that chat that is proving to be troublesome.

3. Tap on the option Details.

4. Now scroll down towards the bottom and locate the option Do Not Disturb and toggled it on.

Once this feature is toggled on, group notification will be muted. They still may appear on the lock screen, but at least your phone won’t constantly buzz while it’s in your pocket. This option doesn’t remove you from the group but delivers the same purpose. Additionally, it doesn’t send a wrong message of you being rude, and you can always unmute it whenever you like.

Moving on, there is another catch to all this Group Message feature. According to Apple, there are three types of group messages. They are:

Group iMessage: In this group, you will only see the participants who use Apple devices to communicate. They have their Apple IDs with iMessage feature turned on.

Group MMS: This group features participants from Apple devices and Non-Apple Devices. Group MMS supports photos and videos as well as texts. You will be able to see every participant’ reply.

Group SMS: The featured participants send messages from all types of devices without any multimedia support. In this group, you will not see the replies from the participants as messages are sent as individual texts to each other.

iPhones/iPads usually support only the Group iMessage feature which means that you can name a group, add/remove people, and leave the group only for Group iMessage. However, you can mute both iMessage groups and MMS groups. Since muting iMessage group has already been explained, mentioned below is a step by step guide to mute MMS group.

1. Go to the Message App on your iPhone.

2. Now tap on the MMS group you want to mute.

3. Tap on the option Details in the top right-hand corner.

4. Now toggle on the option Hide Alerts.

5. No simply tap on the option Done and the group would be muted.

There is no way you can remove yourself from a group that has non-iOS participants. For example, a group with a mixture of Apple and Android users only allow you to mute it. Reason being that Android messages do not function the same way as Apple iMessage does.

However, you can ask the group creator to delete your number from the group and it will automatically remove you from the group. If that doesn’t work, you may have to ask the group admin to create a new group with similar people barring you.

Removing Someone from the Group

Yes, that’s doable and quite straightforward. Sometimes, you might have to remove someone that’s proving to be annoying or has no affiliation with any of the group member anymore. Similar to removing yourself from the group, you have to have at least four participants (including you) to remove that person. Here is how you can do that:

1. Go to the Message App on your iPhone.

2. Select the group message chat on which you want to take the action.

3. Tap on the profile icons at the top of the message and then choose info/details.

4. Now just swipe left on the name of the person you want to expel out of the group.

5. Tap on the option Confirm to prompt your action.

6. Simply tap Done to complete the process.

If the option Remove doesn’t appear on your screen while you left-swipe on the contact then it is either due to the number of participants or the group has a combination of iOS/Android users. This method is only applicable to group iMessage. You can’t add or remove people from group MMS messages or group SMS messages.

Conclusively, there is no doubt that Apple’ iMessage is an amazing instant messaging feature. It is a combination of some great features along with a few bad ones. Android users haven’t got anything like this yet but there are whispers that Android users are asking Google to make iMessage feature available for Android OS too.