How to Only Get Notifications for Group Texts That Apply to You

This article will show you how to hide alerts for a group chat, so you only get notifications for group messages in which you are mentioned. Group chats in the Messages app are handy if you have information to relay to several people at once, but the sheer number of text notifications from a group message can get really annoying. Fortunately, you don't need to leave a group message to stop the barrage of notifications. There is a new iOS 14 feature that lets people tag you within a group text so that you are notified when they mention you in the chat. You can use this feature to cut down on the number of group text notifications you get without missing any important messages. Here's how.

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Related: How to Create a Group Chat & Add or Remove Members on Your iPhone

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How to Only Get Notifications for Group Texts That Apply to You

We've already gone over how to create a group text, as well as how to leave a group text. Now, let's learn how to remain a part of a group chat, but skip all the annoying notifications. Please note that in order for this to work, the other people in your group chat will need tag you when they mention you in the chat by typing "@" in front of your name. Read our article about how to tag someone in a group message to learn more about this feature.

  1. Open the Messages app and select the group message thread you want to silence.
  2. Tap the arrow to the right of the number of group chat members.

    tap the message you want to mutetap the arrow at the top of the group message
  3. Tap the info icon.
  4. Toggle on Hide Alerts.

    info icon in group chattoggle on hide alerts
  5. Tap Done.

    tap done
  6. Now you'll only get notifications for tagged messages within your group chat!

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Leanne Hays is an SEO Content Strategist and Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.