If the conversation is no longer relevant, the group chat is becoming a distraction, or you may also simply want to declutter your Messenger app by deleting unnecessary chats, deleting a Messenger group chat is a good idea.
However, Messenger doesn’t make it easy for you to delete a group chat, while it is easy to just leave one.
This post talks about how to delete that group chat for everyone, meaning all the group members will leave, can’t join the group again, and can’t see the messages inside the group you have deleted.
Deleting a Messenger group chat
In order to delete a Messenger group chat, you must be an admin of the group chat. You must also remove everyone except you from the group chat. Once you have done this, you can ignore the chat and delete the group chat.
Follow these steps in the right order as written in this post. If you miss one step, you might end up leaving the group messages exposed to ex-members.
This method can be done on all devices where Messenger exists: the web, Android, or iPhone.
Make sure you’re an admin of the group chat
This is obvious. But if you’re not an admin, you can ask other admins for approval to become one of the group admins.
To make sure you’re an admin, simply open the group chat. Tap the information icon at the top-right. Tap the See group members menu on there.
Select the Admins tab. If you see your name, that means you’re an admin. But if you only see your name on the All tab, you’re not an admin — ask to be one by tapping Add.
Remove everyone except you from the group
This is the easy part. Once you’re an admin, you can easily remove everyone except you from the group. This makes them lose access to the group.
To do this, simply go to the Members > All tab. Select every person inside the group, then tap Remove from group.
Once you’ve removed everyone except you from the group, ignore the chat
Ignoring the group chat hides the group from your Chats list, and moves it to the Spam. Don’t leave the group.
If you leave the group, you’re going to lose access to delete the group, making the messages inside exposed to the ex-members to read. Just ignore the chat, then do the next step.
To ignore it, simply tap the information icon. Tap Ignore group.
Tap Ignore to confirm.
Delete the group chat
Now, the final task. To delete the Messenger group chat, simply click Delete. Tap Delete to confirm.
You don’t need to leave the group. Simply deleting it will remove the group chat permanently.
Messenger allows you to delete a group chat, without leaving it, so every member will not just be forced to leave but also won’t have access to read the messages inside that group.