iOS 8 Leave Group Messages

I do quite a bit of texting using the Messages app on my iOS devices. Not as much as some people, but I am fairly active at it. I don’t know about you but one of the things that happens to me in my texting world is getting involved in Group Messages. This is not a bad thing, but it can get a little distracting when the group takes off without you.

 

Overview

So, you are texting along and receive a text from a person that has inlcuded you in a group. For me this is usually a for pleasure situation, but I can see this occurring frequently in a work setting. That is all well and good. But, when the other members of the group take off in there own conversation or take the conversation in a direction that does not involve or interest you the group texts can be a little distracting. But, there is a way to opt out of Group Messages.

Leaving The Group

There is a way to leave a Group Message texting session. Just click on the “Details” link to the right of the text like so (I omitted some names to protect the guilty):

 

Scroll to the bottom of the next screen and you will see “Leave this Conversation”. Just tap “Leave this Conversation” and you will be gone. But wait! That’s not all! If you just want to monitor the conversation without being distubed tap on the “Do Not Disturb” slider. You can monitor the text, but not receive notifications all the time.

 

There is one caveat here. You may have noticed in the above image that “Leave this Conversation” was grayed out. This is what happens when you are in a conversation with someone using the SMS (Short Message Service) protocol, in other words they are not using the Messages app, they are not on an iPhone. In this case, the “Do Not Disburb” feature will be your only option.

Conclusion

This is not big deal I guess, but there are times when I really want or need to opt out of a Group Message. Either because I am too busy or the conversation took a direction that does not involve me. Hopefully, this feature will come in handy for you as well.