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When you send a group text message in iOS, it appears as if you automatically opt in to receive any and all replies to that message. Is there a way to avoid being included in group replies? Is there a way to remove oneself from a group chat?

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As Messages and SMS integration + iMessage is designed today, this can not be done.

What you could do is:

  • block the people and leave SMS / iMessage enabled
  • place that conversation on Do Not Disturb so you don't get notifications from that group
  • enable no notifications for either SMS or iMessage
  • turn off iCloud Messages entirely
  • disable SMS entirely

Just as you can't block a number or email from sending you an iMessage - there is no technical way to get others to not send you a group message (other than by exerting social pressure to exclude you from further communications).

I haven’t been able to find anything playing on my phone, and several forum posts suggest that it can’t be done:

On Mac Rumors, sla252 writes (November, 2011):

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 http://www.apple.com/feedback

There’s also a Reddit thread in which huntard713 suggests (October, 2011):

Settings-Messages. Turn group messaging off.

It's now November 2011 and I can’t find this setting on my iPhone, and this was in response to a slightly different problem (about who sees the other participants in a group iMessage, so I don’t know how effective this.

I’m sorry this doesn’t really answer your question; for now at least, it looks like you can’t leave a group iMessage.

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The only way to end the group chat is have everyone delete it of their iPhones's. To do that, slide your finger over the chat, where the list of conversations are. That only deletes it off your iPhone, so everyone will have to delete it off their iPhone. Some people will keep talking there, so everyone would get it back. If you don't send any messages in the chat, and tell the other people not to talk there (In private message), eventually people will stop texting in the chat.

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  • Wishful thinking. The originator of the group that is driving me nuts suggested to one person (via the group) going elsewhere, and the other person agreed. Now other people (including the originator) are "liking" and "loving"
    – WGroleau
    May 7, 2022 at 18:11
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It's a bit overkill, but you could block that sender (and others that keep the thread alive) using settings app and Messages blocking settings.

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IF your device is jailbroken, you can try BiteSMS, it has a feature called Notification Opt Out which may suited your need.

BTW, I'm a paid user of this app and I found this app is extremely useful.

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You have to turn off iMessage until everyone finally stops talking in the group chat, while turning off iMessage you have to also turn off group messages on mms/SMS setting under messages. It's not the ideal way but it's the best we can do until they solve the issue.

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There is not an "unsubscribe" feature, but all iOS 5+ devices have the options to turn off iMessage (in Settings > Messages) or Group Messaging for SMS/MMS.

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  • I think it's clear that the OP does not want to disable the iMessage completely.
    – gentmatt
    Oct 31, 2012 at 10:39
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Actually if you turn off imessage or group message and they are txting you by phone number it will just switch to sms and use your txt msg limit up unless you have unlimited

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