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How do I delete a Facebook group?

08 Jul

In this post we’re going to learn how to delete a Facebook Group. It’s the only way, and seems a bit weird to me – I spent ages looking for buttons to press and options to choose before finding out! So hopefully you will have found this article easily and I can help you do it more quickly!

For more basic information about using Facebook, see my article on Facebook for business.

Why might I want to delete a Facebook group?

The reason I wanted to do this is that I had a group based around a general election that there was no point keeping up with now. There are lots of reasons why you might want to delete a group, though – it might have got out of hand, you might not have time to run it, it might be time-dependent and out of date, like my one was.

If it’s a matter of not having enough time, consider making someone else the Admin for the group – you can see how to do that later on in this post, as well.

Note, you do have to be the owner or administrator of the group to delete it.

How do I delete a Facebook group?

To delete a Facebook group, you need to remove all of the members, then yourself. This makes the group go away.

In your group, locate its Members area:

Facebook group members area

Click on the Members link and here you are with your list of members:

remove member of facebook group

For each member, click on the cog under the member’s name and click Remove from Group. Note that this is where you can make them an Admin instead.

Facebook will ask you to confirm.

remove member from facebook group check

Do this for each member of the group.

Lastly, remove yourself from the group in the same way. You will get this confirmation message:

Facebook delete group

This is the same error message whether you’re just leaving the group or you’re the last to leave – just choose Leave Group.

The group should now disappear. If it doesn’t, your best bet is to contact Facebook. Click on the arrow marked here:

4 report a problem

… and select Report a Problem from the dropdown.

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You can find more resources on social media in my blog resource guide (link takes you to the social media section) and read about using social media for your business in my book on growing your business.

Related posts on this blog:

Facebook for business

How to delete posts and block users from your Facebook page

How to add an administrator to your Facebook page

 
6 Comments

Posted by on July 8, 2015 in Business, Facebook, Social media

 

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6 responses to “How do I delete a Facebook group?

  1. ewfwef

    September 7, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    This is as helpful as a [expletive deleted]. How would you delete 100K members?

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    • Liz Dexter

      September 13, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you for the compliment! Facebook itself only offers that advice (see here: https://www.facebook.com/help/174988392554409 ) IF you do a google search for mass delete facebook members you will find lots of info about ways to do this as a developer in Javascript and I can only suggest you try there. Best of luck with it – do let us know how you get on.

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  2. Jarrod

    November 6, 2016 at 12:32 am

    What if you have 10k members? Would take me a week to remove all of them. Facebook needs to fix this ridiculousness

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    • Liz Dexter

      November 6, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Agreed. Of course, you could tell them you’re going to close the group and ask them to remove themselves, which would help a little …

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