How to Mute a Group Text on iPhone

Avoid annoying message alerts on busy conversations by learning how to mute a group chat on iPhone.

You don't have to leave a group text on an iPhone just because you want it to stop buzzing with new message notifications! Instead, you can silence alerts and read the text messages later. Here’s how to mute messages on iPhone without leaving the conversation.

Related: How to Retrieve Deleted Text Messages on iPhone

Why You’ll Love This Tip

  • Silence notifications in a group text and read the messages later.
  • Focus on current tasks without getting distracted by Messages alerts.

How to Silence Text Messages on iPhone

If you have iOS 15, you may also receive suggestions to mute a group chat you don't seem to be engaged in. In this case, you can simply tap the suggestion to mute. However, if you don't see a suggestion to mute, you'll need to follow the steps below to learn how to mute text messages on iPhone.

  1. Open the Messages app.

  2. Select the group message thread you want to silence.

  3. Tap on the contacts at the top to edit your settings for the group.

  4. Toggle on Hide Alerts. The toggle is green when enabled.

  5. Tap Done.

That's it! Now you'll stop receiving 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

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Sarah Kingsbury

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! 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.