[ANSWERED] How Do I Leave A Facebook Group And Will The Other Members Be Notified When I Do?

Just a quick asked/answered tip for today, but one that is asked pretty frequently.

Hi Sean – Is there an easy way to leave a Facebook group without letting everyone in the group know that I left? Thanks! –Alaina

Facebook makes joining a Facebook group pretty easy. Just find the group and then click the “Join” button. If the group is an open group, you’ll be joined automatically. If the group requires approval, then you will be added as soon as the group admin reviews your request and allows it.

Leaving a group should be just as simple and the good news is when you do leave a group, no one else is notified that you have left the group. Instead, you won’t show up as a group member anymore and you won’t receive the notifications from the group. If you don’t believe me, check out Facebook’s confirmation that no one will know when you leave 🙂

The steps for leaving a group are as follows:

Leaving A Group Using The Facebook Desktop Site (facebook.com)

  1. Login to Facebook.com with your username and password
  2. Using the search feature, you can type the name of the group that you want to leave
  3. If you can’t remember the exact name of the group, you can always view all of the groups you have joined by clicking “Groups” under the “Explore” heading in the left navigation. Then, just find the group and click it to visit the group Facebook page.
    Find the groups that you have joined on Facebook under the Explore heading in the left navigation menu
  4. Once you are on the group Facebook page, drop down the menu item that says “Joined”. To me, this isn’t a very intuitive place for the feature to leave the group to be, but I’m sure Facebook has spent a ton of money to find just the right place to put it.
  5. Under the “Joined” dropdown, you have two choices:
    Steps to leave a Facebook group

    • Unfollow Group – Unfollowing a group means you remain a member and will show up in the membership roster, but you will no longer receive any updates in your Facebook feed from the group. This is particularly useful if you want people to think you’re a member of the group, but don’t want to hear from the members. When might this be a good thing? Imagine you joined a Facebook group for your high school class. You want to remain part of the group so some of your previous friends can find you, but you don’t want to listen to people gab about the glory days. Just unfollow the group.
    • Leave Group – This means you’re leaving the group behind completely. No membership, no updates…nothing. Be aware that if you join a private group and the admin approves you, leaving means leaving. If you want to come back to the private group, you have to ask to be allowed in the group again.

Leaving A Group Using The Facebook Mobile App

Leaving a Facebook group is just about the same on the mobile app. The screen captures below are for the Android app, but they are similar for Apple iOS

  1. Click the menu icon (also known as the hamburger menu) with three bars
  2. In that menu, click Groups
    Leaving a Facebook group using the mobile app
  3. In the Groups listing, find the group that you want to leave and click it.
  4. On the Group page, notice that there is a little down arrow (carat) next to the group name. Click that carat.
    Leaving the Facebook group using the group menu in the mobile app
  5. In the menu that opens, you can choose to Unfollow the group or Leave The Group.

That’s it! It’s a pretty good idea to go through that list of groups and periodically clean up the groups you have joined. It removes your name from groups that have been abandoned and it also cleans up the messaging that you’re seeing (and probably ignoring) in your Facebook feed.

I hope that helps!

One quick note about these types of simple question/answer posts. I have received feedback that sometimes I answer posts that are so simple that I shouldn’t waste my time typing up a response.

Eventually, I’m going to write a whole blog post about why I take the time to respond to them, but the short answer is…if someone could figure it out on their own, they wouldn’t be asking me for help. Personally, I like that people reach out via my contact form and ask me questions. I like that people ask questions in comments and I LOVE it when my readers help each other via comments. Just look at this post about hiding the Facebook Messenger icon that won’t go away on your mobile device and you’ll see how all of my readers helped each other find different answers just using the comments section.

So…as long as I feel like a post has helped a few people, I’m going to keep writing them. They don’t take much time for me to write, but I feel like they help save other people time out of their busy days. So, keep the question coming and I’ll keep answering them.

If you have a question about Facebook or another social channel that you’d like answered, feel free to reach out via the contact form and ask away.

Cheers!

–Sean

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