By Nate McCallister

Last Updated July 3, 2021

For whatever reason, you've decided it's time to retire an old Facebook group permanently. It's possible, but it requires you to do a few things first and there are a couple of big mistakes you can make that might damage your reputation or remove members from your other groups that you want to keep active. So, pay close attention.

First, only group owners can delete a group. Admin are only able to archive a group. Archiving a group 

"Archived Facebook Group" - A group that is still visible to all existing members but no longer searchable for others outside the group. Also, no new members can be added once it has been archived.

If you aren't a group owner, you won't be able to delete the group completely. You will need to pass this task off to the owner. 

If you are the owner of the group you wish to delete, the process involves you first removing all existing members and then leaving the group yourself. 

It is clear that Facebook doesn't want people to accidentally delete groups, especially large ones, so they make this process quite labor intensive. If you have a very large group, it will likely be worth hiring a virtual assistant to do this part of the process for you.

Sites like Fiverr are a good place to find someone for this monotonous task.  You can have them delete all the members except you and then leave the group themselves. At that point, you can leave and delete the group permanently. 

Here is how that looks step by step. 

How to Delete a Facebook Group from a Web Browser

Step #1 Go to and log in.

Step #2 Click on the menu on the top right of the screen.

Facebook group deleting

Step #3 Navigate to "Groups"

Step #4 Now on the left hand side of the screen, navigate to "Groups you manage" and select the group you wish to delete.

"Groups you manage"

Step #5 Navigate to "Members" 

Manage Facebook Group Members

Step #6 Select a member and click the "More" button and then select "Remove member" and Hit "Confirm." 

Remove Facebook Member

Step #7 When prompted, do not select any additional actions, simply click next. 

Facebook group take additional actions

Likewise, if you have members who are also in other groups you manage, do NOT remove them from the other groups unless you plan to delete those as well. Simply click confirm and move on.

Keep facebook group members in other groups you manage

Step #8 Repeat steps 6-7 for all members until you are the only remaining member.

Step #9 Once you've removed all members, select the "More" button next to your name and then select "Leave Group" and then "Leave and Delete." 

Delete Facebook Group
Delete Facebook group by leaving

You're done! RIP that old dusty Facebook group. 

How To Delete A Facebook Group From Mobile 

You can also delete a group on Facebook from your mobile device. The process is the same but the look is different. 

Here is how the process looks on iOS devices. 

Step #1 Open Facebook app and be sure you're logged in with the account that owns the group you wish to delete.

Step #2 Click on the bottom right "hamburger" menu icon

Facebook menu ios

Step #3 Navigate to "Groups"

FB Group mobile

Step #4 Select the group you want to delete.

Step #5 Navigate to "Members"

Manage FB Group members

Step #6 Select each member one by one and remove from group. As mentioned before, be sure to not remove them from other groups if prompted or to report any additional actions. 

Remove FB members on mobile

Step #7 Once you are the only remaining member, navigate down the group settings page and click "Delete Group" and then confirm "Delete group by leaving".

Delete FB Group on Mobile

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Nate is the founder and main contributor of He is a lifestyle entrepreneur who spends his time building businesses and raising his four kids Sawyer, Brooks, Van and Lua with his beautiful wife Emily. His main interests include copywriting, economics and piano.

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