How to exit and delete groups

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You can delete a group for all members if you’re the group admin. Before you can delete a group you must remove all group members, and then exit the group.
What happens when you remove a group member or delete a group
When you delete a group, you won’t see the group in your Chats list. The group chat history will also be erased from your phone.
Removing a member or deleting a group will not delete the group on other members’ devices. Other members will still see the group in their Chats list and see all previous content unless they delete it themselves. No one will be able to send messages.
It's not possible to restore a group once it's been deleted.
Remove group members
Before you can exit and delete a group, you’ll need to remove all group members.
  1. Open the WhatsApp group chat, then tap the group name.
  2. Tap the member's name > Remove {member} > OK.
Exit a group
After removing all group members, you’ll need to exit the group.
  1. Open the WhatsApp group chat, then tap the group name.
  2. Tap Exit group > Exit.
When you exit a group, only group admins will be notified.
Your profile name and phone number will be shown in the Past members list in Group info. Your profile photo may also be shown, depending on your settings.
Group members can see your information in this list for up to 60 days after you leave the group.
Note: If you’re the only group admin and leave the group, another member is chosen at random to become the new admin. If you rejoin the group and would like to be an admin again, you need to ask the group admin to make you one.
Delete a group
After you remove all members and exit a group, you have the option to delete the group.
  1. Open the WhatsApp group chat, then tap the group name.
  2. Tap the Delete group icon > Delete group.
    • If you don't want to delete the group media from your phone, uncheck Delete media in this chat or Delete media in these chats.
Delete a group that’s part of a community
Groups that are part of a community aren't in your Chats list.
Some ways to find the community are:
  • In the Communities tab.
  • In your Chats tab.
  • By typing the group name into search.
Follow the steps above to delete the group. You can also remove the group from the community. Learn how in this article.
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