Groups texts are an excellent way to communicate with friends and family, to figure out events and the logistics of where everybody needs to be and when. Unfortunately, group texts can quickly get out of hand the more people that are involved. Add one more person to the group text, and that’s an additional person that’s going to be sending text to your phones. Do you really want 14 individual texts regarding that family barbecue at the park? That can get annoying real quick, but luckily, you can remove yourself from the group text to stop that annoyance from happening.
Not sure how to remove yourself from a group text? Follow along below, and we’ll take you step by step on how to do it!
Remove yourself from a group text
Much like as is the case over on iOS, Android users aren’t able to remove themselves from a group text that they have been added to. Your only option here is to ask to be removed from the group text, which would require the creator to start a new group text, but without you in it. Or, you can go the less complicated route — mute the group text.
It’s actually easy to mute group texts. The first step is to, of course, open your default stock messaging app on your phone, and we’re not referring to Android Messages here. These are two entirely different services.
- Once you have the stock Android messaging app open, navigate to the group text that you want to mute. You’ll want to tap it to see all the messages.
- Next, tap on the three vertical dot menu at the top right of the screen.
- This will open an overlay. At the bottom of said overlay, you should see a bell icon, which you can tap on to mute and unmute the conversation,.
- With the bell tapped, you won’t receive any more annoying messages surrounding that group conversation. You can always repeat the process to unmute the conversation.
While the conversation will be muted, text messages will still go to your phone. You’ll see a small bubble on your main screen attached to your messaging app, showing you the number of text notifications you’ve missed. You’ll also see the unread messages in your text messaging app appear unread as well. The only thing this process solves is stopping the constant dinging or notification sounds on your phone.
Using Facebook Messenger
A lot of people are moving away from standard text messaging, and using instant services like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and others instead. Luckily, it’s much easier to drop out of a group conversation in Facebook Messenger and similar services.
Open up the Messenger app on your phone or tablet. Following this process on either device will leave the group conversation on all devices, given that you’re using the same linked account. Tap on the conversation that you want to leave, and then tap on the name of the group at the top of the conversation. The “name” could simply be the list of participants.
Finally scroll down to the Options category. Tap the choice that says Leave Chat. A pop up will appear, asking you if you really want to leave the chat. You can tap on Leave again to confirm your choice.
Once pressed, the group conversation (at least your instance of it) will be archived. Since it’s not outright deleted, you’ll be able to look over your previous messages in the Messenger Archives, but you won’t be able to get any new messages within the context of that group text. Once you confirm and tap on that Leave button, the conversation automatically disappears from your list of messages.
Keep in mind that you will be able to be added back to the conversation, if someone in that group decides to add you again. You’ll actually have to block that specific group message (or the person adding you) to make sure you aren’t brought back into that group conversation.
As you can see, removing yourself from a group text on Android is almost impossible. Once you’re roped in, there’s no getting out; that is, unless you decide to start blocking numbers. However, you can still mute those conversations to stop receiving notifications. Alternatively, it’s pretty easy to leave conversations in the context of an instant messaging app like Facebook Messenger.