How to Mute a Message Thread on an iPhone

Mute those pesky notifications from that one, overactive message thread!
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One of the many great features that come with iOS on iPhones, is that you can mute a message thread. Maybe you are in the middle of work and you just want to mute your friend's group, who are a bit chatty at the moment, until work is over. Maybe, you are having a disagreement and want to mute the thread until you have thought it over.

Regardless of your reasoning, muting a message thread is effective, easy, and easy to unmute when the time comes. It's a feature associated with DND (do not disturb) that I personally really appreciate when I am trying to get some work done, but don't want to enable do not disturb.

In this guide, I show you how to mute a message thread, how to tell if a message thread is muted by noticing the symbol on your iPhone next to the message thread, and how to unmute a message thread.

Let's get started!

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Open Messages

First, go to your home screen and find the Messages app, then give it a click.

Find the Message Thread

Find the message thread that you've been getting just way to many notifications from.

Swipe Left

Once you've found the message thread you want to mute, swipe from right to left on the message to bring up the mute option.

Click "Mute"

Now, click the purple mute button. Once you click the button, the message thread will automatically mute.

Do Not Disturb Symbol

Once the message thread has been muted, you will still receive messages from that person or group, but the thread is silenced, so all notifications are paused. You will also see the DND (do not disturb) symbol to the left of any message thread that has been muted.

To unmute a message thread, you will follow the below steps:

  1. Open Messages.
  2. Find the message thread.
  3. Swipe left on the message thread.
  4. Click "unmute."

Notice the steps are exactly the same other than the mute button changes from mute to unmute until the feature is disabled. You can mute and unmute a thread as much as you want.


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