Fix for leaving a group chat with iPhone and Android users

Fix for leaving a group chat with iPhone and Android users

Silencing Group Chats: How to Maintain Your Sanity in a World of iPhone and Android Users

iPhone and Android Users

Apple’s recent announcement of the brand-new iPhone 15 series has undoubtedly sparked excitement among tech enthusiasts. However, regardless of the fantastic offerings smartphone-makers bring to the table, people have their favorites. And let’s face it, whether you’re on team iPhone or team Android, your friends’ phone choices won’t affect the fact that you’ll still find yourself in group chats with them.

Now, if you’re an iPhone user, you’ve likely experienced the frustration of getting bombarded with notifications from a relentless group text. All you want is some peace and quiet amidst the chaos. Fortunately, there are a couple of options available to put a pause on that never-ending stream of messages.

The Dramatic Exit: Leaving Group Chats

If everyone in the group chat is an iPhone user, including yourself, the solution is fairly straightforward—leave the group chat. It’s a dramatic but effective way to regain control over your notifications. However, if you find yourself in a group chat with one or more Android users, walking away isn’t as simple as it seems.

But fear not! There is still a way to silence those annoying notifications, even in a mixed group. We’ve got just the solution you need.

Group Chat Notifications

The Art of Muting: Dealing with iPhone and Android Cohabitation

Leaving a group chat in the Messages app on an Apple device is quite easy if everyone uses Apple devices: 1. Tap the group text message you want to leave. 2. Tap the group icons at the top of the thread. 3. Tap the “Leave This Conversation” button.

Unfortunately, the same convenience doesn’t apply when Android enters the picture. Why? Well, once you step outside Apple’s texting world, Android and mobile carriers handle messages differently. Consequently, after joining a mixed Apple-and-Android group, you’re trapped in a never-ending cycle of messages. Annoying, right?

The Mute Technique: Embracing the Silence

Since leaving an iMessage group chat with Android users isn’t an option, muting the conversation becomes your lifeline. It’s a simple process. (Pro tip: You can also follow these steps to silence notifications without leaving the chat.)

To mute a group chat in the Messages app: 1. Open the Messages app on your iPhone or Apple device. 2. Enter the group chat you want to mute. 3. In iOS 14 or earlier, tap the group icons at the top of the messaging screen. Then, tap the lowercase “i” encircled with a circle (information button) on the subsequent page. Scroll down to find the “Hide Alerts” option and turn it on. 4. If you’re using iOS 15 or later, tap the group icons at the top of the messaging screen. On the next screen, scroll down to find the “Hide Alerts” option, and toggle it on.

Alternative Method: The Swiping Path

For those who prefer a different approach, silencing messages is also possible from the screen displaying your list of messages. Follow these steps: 1. Locate the message you wish to silence. 2. Swipe left over the message. 3. Tap the purple “Alerts” button that appears.

After silencing notifications, you’ll notice an icon on the messages screen indicating that you’ve turned off notifications for that particular group chat. In iOS 14 or earlier, the icon will resemble a crescent moon, while in iOS 15 or later, it will take the form of a bell with a slash through it.

Silenced Notifications

So, breathe a sigh of relief knowing that you now possess the knowledge to maintain your sanity amidst the chaos of group chats with both iPhone and Android users. Remember, regardless of the phone your friends choose, you can navigate the world of mixed group chats with ease.

For more exciting updates, Apple’s “Wonderlust” event had much to offer, and don’t miss the opportunity to preorder the iPhone 15 before it hits the shelves.

Stay connected, stay informed, and embrace the harmony of iPhone and Android coexistence.