How to leave a group text on iPhone, iPad and Mac

Group text messages can be terrific for keeping in touch with family members or a bunch of friends all at the same time. You might even use them for a brief team communication at work or a group project for school. But once the conversation is over, you probably just want to leave, right?

Here’s how to leave a group text on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Leave Group Text on iPhone

Leave a group message

On iPhone and iPad

  1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone or iPad and select the conversation from your list.
  2. Tap the group name or people’s profile picture from the top of the message window.
  3. Scroll down and tap Leave this Conversation.
Leave Group Conversation in Messages on iPhone

On Mac

  1. Go inside the Messages app and select the conversation from your list.
  2. Click the info icon ⓘ  from the top right of the message window.
  3. Select Leave this Conversation.
Leave this Conversation in Messages on Mac

Not allowed to leave the conversation?

Is the Leave this Conversation option unavailable or grayed out? There’s a reason for that.

  • You can only leave iMessage conversations. You cannot leave group messages that are SMS or MMS (where one or more participants do not use iMessage, such as Android users).
  • You can only leave a group conversation if there are three or more participants.

You can delete the conversation if you’re unable to leave it. However, as soon as one of the participants sends a message, you’ll be right back in it. One other option if you can’t leave the group text is to mute the notifications for new messages.

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