How to Leave an iPhone Group Chat
iOS makes it easy to quickly leave a group chat on iPhone.
Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you’ve been added to a group chat on your iPhone and you end up wanting to leave? Fortunately, there’s a simple way to hit the eject button and put an end to unwanted messages.
Before you we show you how, note that if you’ve been added to a group chat with an Android user, and you’ll know that you have if your chat bubbles are green instead of blue, there’s no way to leave the chat. You’ll simply need to delete the chat from your phone and hope you don’t get any new messages.
To delete the chat thread from your phone, head into your Messages app, find the chat, swipe to the left, and tap on the garbage can icon.
If you’re in a group chat with other iPhone users, you can leave a group chat in a matter of seconds.
How to Leave a Group Chat on iPhone
If you decide you want to leave a group chat with friends, family, or random strangers, follow these steps on your iPhone:
- Open up the Messages app.
- Tap on the Group Chat thread you wish to leave.
- At the top of the screen, tap where you see the name of the Group Chat (if there is one) or where you see the other users in the chat. Their photos are in little circles.
- On the next screen, look for the bright red text that says “Leave this Conversation.” Tap that.
You’ll then need to confirm that you want to leave. Do so and you will then be removed from that chat. Do note that other users can invite you back in and you can simply perform the same steps in order to leave.
Install iOS 16.5 for Better Security
If security is important to you, think about installing Apple's iOS 16.5 update on your iPhone right away.
Apple's detailed the security patches on board iOS 16.5 and you can learn more about them over on Apple's website.
As for older software, iOS 16.4.1 included two security upgrades and they're important if you want to keep your iPhone protected from harm. You can learn more about the pair here.
The company's iOS Security Response 16.4.1 (a) update also included security updates, but Apple hasn't revealed them yet and it's unclear if it will.
Apple's iOS 16.4 update had a substantial number of patches on board. You can read about them in detail over on Apple's security site.
The iOS 16.3.1 update had three security patches on board including one for an actively exploited vulnerability. For more on the security contents of iOS 16.3.1, check out Apple's security page.
iOS 16.3 brought 10+ new security patches with it and you can learn more about all of those right here.
In addition, the software came with support for physical security keys for Apple ID. These will beef up your account security by requiring a physical security key as part of the two factor authentication sign in process. Learn more about the change right here.
If you skipped iOS 16.2, you'll get its changes with iOS 16.5. iOS 16.2 brought a ton of important security patches with it and you can dig into the details on Apple's security site.
The update also brought end-to-end encryption to iCloud, iMessage, iPhone backups, Notes, Photos, and more. If you want to learn more about it, head over to Apple's guide.
If you decided to missed iOS 16.1.2, you'll get its solitary security patch with your upgrade. Learn more about it right here.
If you skipped iOS 16.1.1, you'll get its security patches when you upgrade. You can learn more about them right here.
If you missed the iOS 16.1 update, it brought 19 security patches to the iPhone and you can learn about the particulars of those over on Apple's website.
If you failed to download iOS 16.0.3, it had one security patch on board, a fix for a potential exploit within the Mail app. For more about the fix, check out Apple's security site.
If you're still running iOS 15 your iPhone, you'll get a bunch of other patches when you upgrade.
iOS 16.0 brought a ton of security patches to the iPhone. If you're interested in the exact nature of these improvements, you can read about them over on Apple's security website.
In addition to those patches, iOS 16 brings some additional enhancements to privacy and security including Safety Check which, according to Apple, will help "people in domestic or intimate partner violence situations review and reset the access they’ve granted others."
The feature also resets system privacy permissions for apps and restricts Messages and FaceTime to the device on hand.
Apple's also made some improvements to Passkeys in Safari. iOS 16 brings a brand new sign-in method that's end-to-end encrypted and safe from phishing and data leaks.