How to Delete a Facebook Group

You probably must once have been an administrator for a group that was highly active and popular, but now the same group has become more or less inactive or even completely so and is no longer usable along with having no useful content to add?

If that is the case, then it would be beneficial for you to learn how to delete a Facebook group by either removing everything, or closing and deactivating the group with the archiving feature.

If you are truly dead set on getting rid of your Facebook group, keep reading to know all about the differences between archiving your Facebook group or deleting it.

Leaving a Facebook Group = Deleting a Facebook Group

Technically, there is no way to actually delete a group as the option is simply not available for any Facebook groups. You might be wondering then, how to delete a Facebook group?

There is one other way you can delete a Facebook group, to do it, you will have to take a little bit of hassle and remove all the members from the Facebook group and then leave it yourself also.

This way, the group will essentially be deleted successfully.

You will also have to be the owner/creator of the group to follow the steps and delete the group perfectly.

Although this rule can be subverted if the creator themselves have left the Facebook group and one of the members is an admin, if so, then they can delete the group by either the web browser version of Facebook or through the Facebook app for iOS or Android.  

To delete a Facebook group, do the following:

How to Delete a Facebook Group on Desktop

1. Go to the group you want to delete after you have signed in to your Facebook account, select Groups

How to Delete a Facebook Group on Desktop

2. Select the group created by you under the section of “Groups You Manage”

How to Delete a Facebook Group on Desktop

3. Click on Members from the vertical menu located on the left, select the three dash lines located next to the member’s name in your members menu and select “Remove from Group”

You will be given various options to select from, select any of them and click on “Confirm”, repeat this step for every other individual member till all are gone.

After you have removed all of the group members, your Facebook profile pic and the name itself will be the only ones left on the group.

How to Delete a Facebook Group on Desktop

4. Now click on the Joined button at the top of the Menu as shown in the above image.

5. Select Delete Group

How to Delete a Facebook Group on Desktop

6. Once you are sure, you want to delete the group click on the Delete group button.

Once there are no members left on the Facebook group, it will be automatically deleted, this is one way of how to delete a Facebook group without actually having the delete button.

How to Delete a Facebook Group on Android

How to Delete a Facebook Group on Android

Make sure to remove all of your Group Members before performing this steps

1. On the Facebook mobile app, press the “Menu” button located at the bottom.
2. Once you are in the menu, Tap on Groups.
3. After that, press on your group under the Groups

How to Delete a Facebook Group on Android

4. Under the Groups you Manage tap on the Group which you want to delete
5. Tap on the star like button at the top of the menu
6. Scroll down to the end and tap on Delete Group
7. Read the warning and Tap on the DELETE GROUP button.

There is actually no way to delete the Facebook group members in a bulk, hence you will have to take the rather troublesome affair of deleting every member individually, this will cost you a lot of productive time that you could spent doing something else.

This is where you would benefit more from simply archiving your group rather than deleting it as it is a faster and simpler method compared to deleting the Facebook group completely.

This article should have solved your doubts about how to delete a Facebook group, will archive it or delete it? It will depend on what you intend to do.

How to Delete a Facebook Group on iPhone

How to Delete a Facebook Group on Android

Make sure to remove all of your Group Members before performing this steps

1. On the Facebook mobile app, press the “Menu” button located at the bottom.
2. Once you are in the menu, Tap on Groups.
3. After that, press on your group under the Groups

How to Delete a Facebook Group on Android

4. Under the Groups you Manage tap on the Group which you want to delete
5. Tap on the star like button at the top of the menu
6. Scroll down to the end and tap on Delete Group
7. Read the warning and Tap on the DELETE GROUP button.

There is actually no way to delete the Facebook group members in a bulk, hence you will have to take the rather troublesome affair of deleting every member individually, this will cost you a lot of productive time that you could spent doing something else.

This is where you would benefit more from simply archiving your group rather than deleting it as it is a faster and simpler method compared to deleting the Facebook group completely.

This article should have solved your doubts about how to delete a Facebook group, will archive it or delete it? It will depend on what you intend to do.

How to Archive a Facebook Group on Android

Unfortunately, the archive option is not available on the web version of Facebook but the archive option is still available on the mobile version of the App as of 14/09-2021.

So, to archive Facebook Group on the Android Device follow the below options.

How to Archive a Facebook Group on Android

Make sure to remove all of your Group Members before performing this steps

1. On the Facebook mobile app, press the “Menu” button located at the bottom.
2. Once you are in the menu, Tap on Groups.
3. After that, press on your group under the Groups

How to Archive a Facebook Group on Android

4. Select the Group you want to archive under the Groups you manage
5. Tap on the Star like button on the top right corner of the screen
6. Tap down and select Settings

How to Archive a Facebook Group on Android

7. Tap down to the end of the screen on the Settings and tap on Archive Group
8. You will be given list of archive option, choice which one is relevant to you.
9. Tap on Continue
10. Now finally, Tap on ARCHIVE button to archive your Facebook Group successfully.

How to Archive a Facebook Group on iPhone

Unfortunately, the archive option is not available on the web version of Facebook but the archive option is still available on the mobile version of the App as of 14/09-2021.

So, to archive Facebook Group on the Android Device follow the below options.

How to Archive a Facebook Group on Android

Make sure to remove all of your Group Members before performing this steps

1. On the Facebook mobile app, press the “Menu” button located at the bottom.
2. Once you are in the menu, Tap on Groups.
3. After that, press on your group under the Groups

How to Archive a Facebook Group on Android

4. Select the Group you want to archive under the Groups you manage
5. Tap on the Star like button on the top right corner of the screen
6. Tap down and select Settings

How to Archive a Facebook Group on Android

7. Tap down to the end of the screen on the Settings and tap on Archive Group
8. You will be given list of archive option, choice which one is relevant to you.
9. Tap on Continue
10. Now finally, Tap on ARCHIVE button to archive your Facebook Group successfully.

How to Pause a Facebook Group on Desktop

Facebook recently launched a feature Pause Group, like the name says it all. When you no longer need to moderate a group for various reason you can put your Facebook group on Pause so, to prevent the activities on your group like posting, commenting, reacting, requesting to join etc.,

You can later resume your Facebook Group whenever you want or you can even schedule the resuming of your Facebook Group at a specific time.

To learn how to pause a Facebook group check the follow step by step instructions.

How to Pause a Facebook Group on Desktop

1. Login to your Facebook on your desktop and click Group on the left side of your screen

How to Pause a Facebook Group on Desktop

2. Click on your Group under the tab Groups you Manage

How to Pause a Facebook Group on Desktop

3. Click the 3 dots next to the search button as shown in the image
4. Click on Pause Group button

How to Pause a Facebook Group on Desktop

5. Select the relevant reason for Pausing your Facebook group
6. Click on Continue button

How to Pause a Facebook Group on Desktop

7. Read the on screen instruction and click on Continue

How to Pause a Facebook Group on Desktop

8. Click on this button if you want to schedule resuming of your group automatically at a specific time or you can resume manually whenever you want
9. Click on Pause Group button to Pause your Facebook

That’s it, you have successfully learned How to Pause a Facebook Group on desktop. 

Difference between Deleting Archiving and Pausing a Facebook Group

Since, Facebook no longer support of archiving group, the following table explain the difference between Deleting a Facebook Group vs Pausing a Facebook Group.

 If a group is paused…If a group is deleted…
Will the group appear in search?YesNo
Is this action reversible?YesNo
Can any group admin perform this action?YesNo. Only the group’s creator (who is also an admin) can delete the group. If the creator admin is no longer a group member, any admin of the group can delete it.
Can new members join the group?No, but admins can approve members who requested to join before the pause.No
Can admins or group members post, comment or add photos and videos?No, but admins can manage posts written before the pause.No
Can admins remove posts, comments, photos and videos?YesNo
Can admins remove and block people from the group?YesNo
Can admins edit group details including description or photo?No, but they can change the group cover photo.No
Can group members or admins access their information?YesNo
   

How to delete a Facebook group? How to Archive or Pause it instead? Archiving a Facebook group or deleting it can have different effects and therefore overall outcomes, let us take a look at some of those effects.

PAUSING A FACEBOOK GROUP

Pausing a Facebook Group is the newest option introduced by Facebook and this option also replacing the Archive option. When you Pause a Facebook Group, no one in the group can post, comment and join your group. Pausing a Facebook Group is like a freezing.

Pausing a Facebook Group will be very helpful for various reasons and Facebook also let you scheduled a resuming of your Facebook Group when you pause it, so that at specific time your Facebook Group can resume without your interaction.

So, if you are planning to take a vacation then pausing a Facebook Group will be the right choice to take a break and stop worrying.

DELETING A FACEBOOK GROUP

The deletion of a Facebook Group is truly permanent, once you have done the deed, you won’t be able to turn back and get the group restored.

Do remember that if the creator of the group is still a member there, then they solely will have the ability to delete the group permanently at their discretion.

If the owner of the group has left it for some reason, then the existing admins in the group will be able to delete the Facebook group.

The members of the Facebook group will not get a notification when a group has been deleted, which is unlike archiving the group, in which case the members of the group will get a notification that it has been archived.

ARCHIVING A FACEBOOK GROUP

Archiving a Facebook group will completely close the group from having any sort of discussion in it any further, the group will appear as either deactivated or even frozen once you have archived the Facebook group.

If you change your mind later in the future, then you can bring back your group from the archives.

Once you have archived a Facebook group, the members of the group will still be able to visit it, but they won’t be able to comment, upload photos or post a content in the group, they will only be able to view the content that was published before the entire group was archived.

Only the direct members of the group will be able to access it even if it archived, hence it is impossible for other people to join the archived group.

The archived group will also lose visibility and won’t be shown in Facebook searches.

Group admins also won’t have the ability to edit any of the archived group’s details such as descriptions, but they will still be able to remove any posts or block other user profiles from the group.

If the archived group is restored in the future, then all the members of the group will be able to start posting or commenting on it again.

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