How To Leave A Facebook Group

Whatever your reasons for being a part of a particular Facebook group, there is every chance that at some point you might find it necessary to remove yourself from the group. In other words, you’re here because you want to learn how to leave a Facebook group.

Well, look no further. Just follow the few simple steps below to learn how to leave a Facebook group on either the Facebook website or the mobile app.

How to leave a Facebook Group on the Facebook website

  1. Open your preferred web browser, and navigate to the Facebook website. If prompted, log-in
  2. From the left-hand sidebar, scroll until you find the Groups menu (if you don’t find it initially, click ‘see more’ and you should be able to locate it). Click on it.
  3. Once on the Facebook Group page, you wish to leave, click the three horizontal dots toward the top of the page
  4. From the drop-down menu, select ‘Leave Group’
  5. When prompted to confirm that you wish to leave the group (and you have decided you are 100% sure), click ‘Leave Group’
  6. You have successfully left a Facebook Group.

Note: Once you leave a Facebook Group, other members will not be notified that you’ve left. You will no longer receive notifications pertaining to the group, you will not be able to interact with that group, and its members will no longer see if you’ve ‘seen’ one of the group’s posts.

How to leave a Facebook Group on the Facebook app

  1. Open the Facebook app on your mobile device, and if prompted, log-in
  2. Tap the three horizontal bars which form the Menu button in the top-right corner of the screen
  3. Scroll until you locate Groups and tap on it
  4. From the list of Groups of which you are a part, locate and tap on the one you wish to leave
  5. Now, click the three horizontal ‘More’ dots in the top-right of the page
  6. From the following menu, scroll down to and tap on ‘Leave Group’
  7. When prompted to confirm that you wish to leave the group (and you have decided you are 100% sure), click ‘Leave Group’
  8. You have successfully left a Facebook Group

Note: If you aren’t sure that you absolutely wish to leave a group, and are only really wishing to distance yourself from the group, consider turning off or customizing the notifications you receive from the group. This way, you can remain a part of the group without having to take as big a part of it.

And there you have it! In just a few simple steps, you have learned how to leave any Facebook group (either on the desktop website or mobile app) which you no longer wish to be a part of.

Frequently asked questions

What are Facebook Groups and why would I join one?

Facebook Groups are the epitome of what the platform was designed for, way back when. They are the manifestation of online communities of fans, like-minded thinkers, club members, school classmates, work colleagues, you name it! Being a part of a Facebook Group allows you to stay abreast of developments within that particular community, to discuss issues relevant to the community, and to enjoy further entertaining or educational content with relation to the group. 

Why would I want or need to leave a Facebook Group?

You may well be a member of an NBA team’s fan club or have been asked by a teacher to join a group with your classmates, that you might better discuss this week’s homework. Perhaps, however, you’re no longer quite so into the NBA, or maybe your teacher’s homework group has since graduated, and you don’t need to be a part of the Facebook group anymore. Maybe you’ve found that the community of which you are a part has changed, and no longer represents the sort of ideas you want to engage with, or perhaps you’ve moved town/city/country, and that ‘local residents’ group is no longer all that relevant…

Is leaving my Facebook Group a permanent decision?

No. If you leave a group, for whatever reason, you can always rejoin it. Note, however, that if the particular group requires the permission of an admin in order to join it, you would need to reacquire this permission before you would be allowed to rejoin, despite having acquired it the first time round.