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Deleting a group chat in Facebook Messenger is not that difficult. You just need to be mindful and follow the steps carefully because if you make a mistake throughout the process, you could end up being unable to access that group chat yourself!
Our goal here is to permanently delete a group chat and have it completely inaccessible to everyone in that group including you. By permanently deleting a group chat, you will no longer be able to view it as well as the conversations in it. The same goes for everyone else who used to be included in that group. If you search for it, it should no longer show up regardless of whether you are using the app or the web versions of Messenger and Facebook.
So how do you exactly do it? Here’s how!
The first thing that you need to keep in mind is that you must be an admin of that particular chat group that you wish to delete. If you are not an admin, make sure to set yourself as admin or else, you won’t be able to make this work.
So how do you check if you are an admin of a group? Just open that particular chat group, click the group title or the group icon then on the menu, go to “See Group Members”. It should have two tabs. One is a list of all the members while the “Admins” tab lists all of the admins in that group. Your name should be listed in the Admins tab. If you don’t see your name, click “Add” and simply add yourself as admin. If you do not have the rights to do this, have an existing admin of that group to add you as admin.
Once you are an admin, it is time to do the fun part! That is to remove all of the existing members of that group including co-admins. The only member that should be left in the group should be you and no one else. To remove a member, just tap on its name on the members list (See Group Members > All) then select “Remove From Group”. Repeat this step until all members have been removed except you. At this point, you should still be able to see any existing conversation or messages in the group.
So what’s next? Go back to the group chat’s main menu and select “Ignore Messages”. Remember you must select this option first and do not leave the group. Once that group chat has been ignored, it will be automatically transferred to your spam messages.
For the succeeding steps, you should go to your Messenger’s main menu. Click your profile icon at the top-left corner of Messenger then go to “Message Requests”. Under that option, there should be two tabs. One is for “You May Know” and the other is for “Spam”. As you may have already guessed it, go to the “Spam” tab. Find the group chat that you want to delete and open it. There should be an option at the bottom that will ask you to delete or to leave. Make sure that you choose “Delete”. If you are asked to confirm your action, just choose “Delete” again. That’s it!
Once you have successfully deleted that group chat, it shall no longer be accessible to you or to anyone in Messenger.
So why delete the group chat this way instead of simply leaving the group? Well, one of the main reasons why you should consider doing so is because of privacy concerns. If you simply leave the group chat, your chat logs will still be visible to anyone who has been a member of that particular group. So if that particular group chat contains sensitive information or any information that you no longer want to keep on Messenger, the best option would be to have it permanently deleted.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Kent Peligrino