How to Mute Group Texts without Leaving the Conversation

You don't have to leave a group text on the iPhone just because you want it to stop buzzing with new message notifications. Instead, you can turn on Hide Alerts for that message thread and read all the messages about from your family and friends later. Here’s how to mute group messages without leaving the conversation.

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How to Mute Group Messages without Leaving the Conversation

  1. Open the Messages app and select the group message thread you want to silence.
  2. Tap info in the upper right corner of the screen.
  3. Toggle on Hide Alerts.

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  4. Tap Done.

That's it! Now you'll stop receiving a million beeps and buzzes while everyone in the group chat goes back and forth endlessly. If you still want to receive some alerts, but don't want to see notifications on your Lock screen, you can turn off Lock screen notifications in settings. However you decide to get your notifications, it's great that Apple lets us control when and how to receive our Messages alerts without having to leave an important conversation.

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor and SEO Content Manager at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time Apple enthusiast, Sarah can't live without her iPhone, Macbook Air, HomePod, Apple TV, or Apple Watch. As the original contributor to the iPhone Life Tip of the Day Newsletter, she wrote hundreds of iPhone how-tos to help users master their iPhones. It's safe to say that she has written or edited every tip published on iPhoneLife.com! Since 2013 she has co-hosted the iPhone Life Podcast, written an iPhone advice column and countless gear reviews and feature articles for iPhone Life magazine, and provided one-on-one iPhone-related assistance for our premium subscribers. In her 20 years of editing and writing, Sarah has done everything from working as the associate editor of the Iowa Source magazine to developing recipes and reviewing cookbooks for a vegetarian cooking website. But teaching people how to use their Apple devices is her favorite job so far. In her free time, she loves walking her dogs, painting, baking bread, and catching Pokémon. Sarah holds a BA in French from Minnesota State University, Mankato.