Ah, the good old group chat. It's never been easier to coordinate friends and family for an event than with a group chat. Just type out a message, choose multiple recipients and boom, your message is sent to several people all at once. For the sender, it's a lot easier and more convenient than sending the same text to several different people. How handy!
But not everyone thinks group chat is helpful. Some find it extremely annoying, distracting and overbearing when dozens of messages come back in reply. "Who's this?" "I'll be there" and "Oops, didn't mean to send that to the whole group" are just a few of the slew of responses that could be coming your way, wanting them or not.
You'll see notification after notification after notification. You'll hear ping after ping. It's enough to drive anyone crazy, especially if you don't care about the conversation from the beginning.
Luckily, you can easily turn off the madness and endless notifications by turning off group chat options on your iPhone and Android device. Here's how.
How to turn group chat off on iPhones
To turn off group chats on iPhones, all you need to do is go to Settings >> Messages >> Group Messaging and toggle off.
Changing these settings means that you're now immune to receiving group messages. However, if you don't want to disable group messaging entirely, you can easily leave any group chat you don't want to be a part of. From within the group chat, you can hit the "Details" info icon, scroll down, then select "Leave this Conversation."
How to turn group chat off on Android
To turn off group chats on Android phones, open the Messages app and select Messages settings >> More settings >> Multimedia messages >> Group Conversations >> Off.
Once you've been added to a group chat, you're allowed to delete yourself from it. From within the chat, tap on More >> Leave Conversation >> Leave.