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sla252
Oct 28, 2011, 02:46 PM
Hey all! I'm a proud owner of the new 4s and the iMessage function is great. However, one of my friends added me to an iMessage group of 20+ people and my phone is constantly going off....its extremely frustrating. Would someone PLEASE give me specific directions on how to leave an iMessage group. Thank you!



c3m
Oct 28, 2011, 03:00 PM
In the Messages app (iMessage app), go to the screen where you see the list of conversation that you had or having.

Click the "Edit" button at the upper left corner. Then find your group chat and press the red button next to it. Delete icon will show to the right of that chat. press that and then done.

or you can simply just slide your finger to the left or right on that chat roll to get the delete button up

verwon
Oct 28, 2011, 03:00 PM
Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a way to do so, at this time. You'd need to get them to start a new one, stop using that one and leave you out of the new.

verwon
Oct 28, 2011, 03:01 PM
In the Messages app (iMessage app), go to the screen where you see the list of conversation that you had or having.

Click the "Edit" button at the upper left corner. Then find your group chat and press the red button next to it. Delete icon will show to the right of that chat. press that and then done.

or you can simply just slide your finger to the left or right on that chat roll to get the delete button up

This doesn't stop you from getting new ones, it just deletes the existing convo.

sla252
Oct 28, 2011, 06:53 PM
The only thing that I have figured out so far that is working is turning off iMessage all together...its annoying not being able to use iMessage with a single person but oh well for now...hopefully apple will come out with a fix for this issue

iMessage
Nov 14, 2011, 09:50 PM
Hopefully "leaving group" option is available on the next iOS update.

sla252
Nov 15, 2011, 03:51 PM
On the phone with apple support right now in regards to this issue...they keep insisting there is a way to leave a group chat, but still cant seem to give me an answer...now they are transferring me to an "expert"...more to come

imaketouchtheme
Nov 15, 2011, 03:53 PM
Interesting. Keep us updated.

shanezam203
Nov 15, 2011, 03:54 PM
How did you join the chat in the 1st place, your friend told you to message a new apple ID? I've never been in a group chat on iPhone, only Blackberry Messenger.

El3ctronics
Nov 15, 2011, 03:55 PM
On the phone with apple support right now in regards to this issue...they keep insisting there is a way to leave a group chat, but still cant seem to give me an answer...now they are transferring me to an "expert"...more to come

Yes please update if you hear anything!

sla252
Nov 15, 2011, 03:57 PM
How did you join the chat in the 1st place, your friend told you to message a new apple ID? I've never been in a group chat on iPhone, only Blackberry Messenger.


Same here. All you need to do to start an iMessage group chat is add the phone #'s and/or email addresses of the people you want to include, and they're in. It's very frustrating however when your phone keeps going off every 30 seconds from the members of the group chatting. As of now there is no way to remove yourself from a group chat, unless the person who started it ends it and starts a new one over without including you....still on the phone with apple regarding this issue....I will be sure to keep you all updated

sla252
Nov 15, 2011, 04:10 PM
Just got off the phone with apple tech support. They admitted there is no way to remove yourself from an iMessage group chat. The tech guy says the best thing we can do is go to www.apple.com/feedback

from here if enough people complain about this issue they will make a software update or some sort of fix for it....so everyone PLEASEEEEE do this haha.

Heisler98
Nov 15, 2011, 06:06 PM
Same here. All you need to do to start an iMessage group chat is add the phone #'s and/or email addresses of the people you want to include, and they're in. It's very frustrating however when your phone keeps going off every 30 seconds from the members of the group chatting. As of now there is no way to remove yourself from a group chat, unless the person who started it ends it and starts a new one over without including you....still on the phone with apple regarding this issue....I will be sure to keep you all updated

Like sla252 said, it's not technically a GROUP. Someone is just sending messages to you and a bunch of other people. It WOULD be smart to be able to ban people from sending you messages though.

shanezam203
Nov 15, 2011, 09:13 PM
Just got off the phone with apple tech support. They admitted there is no way to remove yourself from an iMessage group chat. The tech guy says the best thing we can do is go to www.apple.com/feedback

from here if enough people complain about this issue they will make a software update or some sort of fix for it....so everyone PLEASEEEEE do this haha.

that alone makes me hesitant to join the group chat till that is resolved.

SandboxGeneral
Nov 15, 2011, 09:18 PM
Wirelessly posted (iPhone 4S: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

What about going into Settings --> Messages --> Group Messaging and turning it off. Mine is off and I don't have any of those annoying group message conversations going on.

Diode
Nov 15, 2011, 10:25 PM
Wirelessly posted (iPhone 4S: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

What about going into Settings --> Messages --> Group Messaging and turning it off. Mine is off and I don't have any of those annoying group message conversations going on.

I think with it off you'll get individual text messages from the person instead of it showing in the group.

kappaknight
Nov 16, 2011, 01:29 AM
that alone makes me hesitant to join the group chat till that is resolved.

You don't join group chats; you get pulled in.

Grayburn
Nov 16, 2011, 03:42 AM
Wirelessly posted (iPhone 4S: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

What about going into Settings --> Messages --> Group Messaging and turning it off. Mine is off and I don't have any of those annoying group message conversations going on.

Hhhmm dont have that option in that path on the iPhone 4 :(

SandboxGeneral
Nov 16, 2011, 05:22 AM
Hhhmm dont have that option in that path on the iPhone 4 :(

Under Settings, you don't have this?

http://www.sbgdata.com/data/IMG_1835.PNG

http://www.sbgdata.com/data/IMG_1836.PNG

nomad01
Nov 16, 2011, 06:19 AM
Under Settings, you don't have this?

http://www.sbgdata.com/data/IMG_1836.PNG

I have all that but don't have the group messaging option. :mad:

SandboxGeneral
Nov 16, 2011, 06:26 AM
I have all that but don't have the group messaging option. :mad:

Hmmm.... Maybe its a US option and not available in the UK. I see that you and Grayburn are from England.

diamond.g
Nov 16, 2011, 07:33 AM
I didn't think that setting had any bearing on iMessage conversations?

urkel
Nov 16, 2011, 07:37 AM
I got into text messaging very early so I was trained to write bigger blocks of text since we used to get charged per message. But newer users have that IM mentality where every single emoticon or thought gets its own text and it makes group messaging a nightmare. My sister-in-law would send a picture of her kid and then I'd get machine gun alerts from all her friends:

"LOL"
"Thats so col"
"I meean COOL, LOL"
"Funny. LOL"
":D"
"OMG"
"Do I know you?"
"Im not talking to you, Im responding to Jenny"
"Then why am I getting the texts. "


And it wouldnt stop until they lose interest a few hours later. I really hope Apple realizes this is an issue for some people and they implement a way to unsubscribe from certain group messages without forcing you to unsubscribe from iMessage completely because group discussion is still important with some business discussions.

Roxanna1029
Jul 20, 2012, 09:56 PM
I know, this is extremley annoying! I own an iPod 4th Generation, and my friends keep making these annoying group chats. They for some reason feel the need to say hi every 10 minutes and my iPod is CONSTANTLY going off! Even worse, they include me in MULTIPLE group chats! So every like 5 minutes, I get texts like this:

"Hi"
"Hey"
"Whats up"
"Not much, u?"
"Hey guys"
"Hey. Whats up?"
"Im sick"
"Aw that sucks"
"guys look outside theres a rainbow"

Me: URGH!

Apple, please give us the option to get out of group chats! Once we are dragged in, we can't get out!!!

PNutts
Jul 21, 2012, 09:49 PM
Here's a link (http://smallbusiness.chron.com/leave-group-chat-iphone-38248.html)to instructions on how to leave a group chat. I haven't tried them.

henry72
Sep 6, 2012, 11:39 PM
I don't have the "Group Messaging" option either, very strange!

coolguy879
Sep 9, 2012, 07:31 AM
I can't believe this isn't a feature. On WhatsApp and Kik you can easily leave group chats. Just use WhatsApp or Kik instead of ****** iMessage.

frayne182
Nov 16, 2012, 01:43 PM
bump. no option either for the turn off group chats with Rogers.

I'm guessing this is a carrier thing?


Either way. I want out of one and can't.

phr0ze
Nov 16, 2012, 02:02 PM
group messages aren't iMessage. Group messages are simply a reply to all for SMS. This means it doesn't matter what you do to your phone. Someone else is hitting Reply-All.

I would love a method of ignoring texts for a particular thread for a period of time. This would solve it.

Another way to improve it is to change the vibration used for texts to a custom and shorter vibration which is slightly less annoying.

Vlk22
Mar 23, 2013, 02:53 PM
I love iMessage on the iPod touch 4g, but i've been included in this massive chat with 31 people incuding me, it's really frustrating and slowing my ipod down and it keeps beeping every time someone sends a message, which is alot. If anyone can think of a solution that would be great, and also if there could be some sort of update where you could take yourself out of them I would be so grateful, Thankyou!! :)

Vlk22
Mar 23, 2013, 03:08 PM
I love iMessage, but I've been included in this chat with 31 people including me, it's really frustrating every time it's beeps and also it has froze my iPod several times and it makes it take ages to turn on :(
I would be so happy If someone could think of a solution, and also would be very grateful if there was an update where you could take yourself out of chats. Thank you!

Brendirodriguez
May 17, 2013, 11:13 AM
Go to settings and then click on Messaging then turn off Group messaging

pod5g
May 17, 2013, 11:34 AM
Turn off iMessage.

wilhub
Jun 26, 2013, 09:16 PM
Under Settings, you don't have this?

http://www.sbgdata.com/data/IMG_1835.PNG

http://www.sbgdata.com/data/IMG_1836.PNG


Thank you for posting this. I just found myself in a group iMessage.

My iPhone got lit up.

I woke up the other morning with 140 new messages. Today I had 40 in a hour.

I can leave my ringer on now and not worry about hearing my iPhone go off every few seconds.

thanks : )

SandboxGeneral
Jun 27, 2013, 05:52 AM
Thank you for posting this. I just found myself in a group iMessage.

My iPhone got lit up.

I woke up the other morning with 140 new messages. Today I had 40 in a hour.

I can leave my ringer on now and not worry about hearing my iPhone go off every few seconds.

thanks : )

It also helped me when I was able to get my friends who group message to turn this off as well; I received a lot less messages that way.

I think it's silly that this feature is enabled by default.

xGameXCraftx
Nov 6, 2013, 02:53 PM
18 messages in under 2 minutes! Wow... my friend is talking to his gf while another guy is talking about Fifa and many other things. My I-Pod is just buzzing away. I hope Apple fix this...

emdub
Jan 6, 2014, 08:41 AM
I believe if you block a number on the list you'll block the whole conversation. I did this temporarily and the messages stopped...

I don't have the group messaging option to turn off either.

JPLindley12
Aug 20, 2014, 08:27 PM
Select MESSAGES from the home screen on your iPhone - click the upper right corner icon to create a new text - type in the name of one of the people included in the group text and it should show their main contact solely by itself as the first result and usually In BLUE letters and then 2nd result in search (the group message) should be in GREEN letters and should show contacts name u typed in followed by a comma, another name of someone in the group text, comma, then "..." So go ahead and select the group message in green text in search results by clicking the letter "i" which is in a small circle to the far right next to the group message in search results - after that it will have an option at top right corner "REMOVE" - click REMOVE and a prompt will pop up asking "are u sure u want to remove this recent group?" And then right below that will be an icon that reads "remove from recents" in red bold text - click "remove from recents" - this will prevent words used in an insanely long group text from being results in any search after u delete the saved text scroll from messages... As for escaping an annoying group text with many parties messaging every 2 seconds the only way would be to go to the group text and select the "contacts" icon in the upper right corner and then when names drop down next to each on the right will be an "i" with circle around it (info) and you would need to select the "i" icon to the right of a name and then when their contact info pops up select "edit" in the upper right corner and then at bottom of edit contact select "block this contact/caller" and confirm block when prompted for each person u wish to block... I would select those in the group who seems to be text blasting the most and that should simmer down the annoying audible notifications to a certain degree... Also if u block these people they will not be able to see your replies in group messages u send yourself and WHILE THEY ARE BLOCKED you will not be able to see their messages in the group BUT if u keep the text log in your messages (if u don't delete the text history in messages before you unblock contacts blocked temporarily in group message) then once u unblock those people the messages you sent while they were blocked will appear in their group message history as if they were texts just sent in the group even if they were from a week ago and they will just appear that way - if u swipe finger on text and push to left it will show time and date stamp from when u actually sent it... Same goes with u for their texts sent while u had them blocked... If u don't delete the text history of the group then those text blasters messages will all appear in an insane rush all at once when they become unblocked... So before unblock those text blasters make sure u delete the group text history before u unblock them to prevent a million texts at once and also before u unblock them disable the group messages feature in settings under "messages" for a little while then once u delete the group text data and remove from recent history and unblock the group members u blocked u won't have your phone going off for 2 straight hours every half second from backed up old messages that were sent while u had people blocked... Sorry if this is confusing - I hate there is no one swipe solution in settings to this but I've done this on my phone and it worked well for me because seems at least in my group texts that there are 1 or 2 people doing 95% of the texting in the group and also they happen to be the sort of person who will send what could have been a single text broken up into like 10 texts as to make their messages more dramatic so anyways yeah I hope this helps someone and hopefully in a month when iP6,1 comes out there will be some sort of feature to exclude yourself from group messages u wish not to be a part of... Let me know if any questions on this and once again sorry for the novel

C DM
Aug 20, 2014, 09:08 PM
Select MESSAGES from the home screen on your iPhone - click the upper right corner icon to create a new text - type in the name of one of the people included in the group text and it should show their main contact solely by itself as the first result and usually In BLUE letters and then 2nd result in search (the group message) should be in GREEN letters and should show contacts name u typed in followed by a comma, another name of someone in the group text, comma, then "..." So go ahead and select the group message in green text in search results by clicking the letter "i" which is in a small circle to the far right next to the group message in search results - after that it will have an option at top right corner "REMOVE" - click REMOVE and a prompt will pop up asking "are u sure u want to remove this recent group?" And then right below that will be an icon that reads "remove from recents" in red bold text - click "remove from recents" - this will prevent words used in an insanely long group text from being results in any search after u delete the saved text scroll from messages... As for escaping an annoying group text with many parties messaging every 2 seconds the only way would be to go to the group text and select the "contacts" icon in the upper right corner and then when names drop down next to each on the right will be an "i" with circle around it (info) and you would need to select the "i" icon to the right of a name and then when their contact info pops up select "edit" in the upper right corner and then at bottom of edit contact select "block this contact/caller" and confirm block when prompted for each person u wish to block... I would select those in the group who seems to be text blasting the most and that should simmer down the annoying audible notifications to a certain degree... Also if u block these people they will not be able to see your replies in group messages u send yourself and WHILE THEY ARE BLOCKED you will not be able to see their messages in the group BUT if u keep the text log in your messages (if u don't delete the text history in messages before you unblock contacts blocked temporarily in group message) then once u unblock those people the messages you sent while they were blocked will appear in their group message history as if they were texts just sent in the group even if they were from a week ago and they will just appear that way - if u swipe finger on text and push to left it will show time and date stamp from when u actually sent it... Same goes with u for their texts sent while u had them blocked... If u don't delete the text history of the group then those text blasters messages will all appear in an insane rush all at once when they become unblocked... So before unblock those text blasters make sure u delete the group text history before u unblock them to prevent a million texts at once and also before u unblock them disable the group messages feature in settings under "messages" for a little while then once u delete the group text data and remove from recent history and unblock the group members u blocked u won't have your phone going off for 2 straight hours every half second from backed up old messages that were sent while u had people blocked... Sorry if this is confusing - I hate there is no one swipe solution in settings to this but I've done this on my phone and it worked well for me because seems at least in my group texts that there are 1 or 2 people doing 95% of the texting in the group and also they happen to be the sort of person who will send what could have been a single text broken up into like 10 texts as to make their messages more dramatic so anyways yeah I hope this helps someone and hopefully in a month when iP6,1 comes out there will be some sort of feature to exclude yourself from group messages u wish not to be a part of... Let me know if any questions on this and once again sorry for the novelWell, leaving group chats is an option that will be there in iOS 8. As for blocking users, while it's sort of a workaround of sorts, it's not necessarily a good one (although might be needed if some solution is truly desperately needed), but more importantly it would only apply to iOS 7 and above (and perhaps jailbroken phone with a tweak for something like that), not so much to iOS 5 and earlier.