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How to hide, archive, or delete a Facebook Group

As admins, sometimes we need a break from our groups. That break could mean a few things:

  1. Preventing some new members from joining a group by making it hidden in Facebook’s search.
  2. Completely archiving the group by preventing any members from joining, posting, commenting, etc.
  3. Deleting a Facebook group entirely

You might want to hide or archive your group instead of deleting it entirely – just in case you want to resurrect it later!

If you hide your group, only current members can see it and nobody else can join.

How to hide a group:

To hide the group, go to Settings on the left side of the group (on desktop).

facebook group settings

Next, in the main panel under Set Up Group, click the edit icon under Hide Group:

hide facebook group

Select Hidden and then click Save:

hide facebook group

How to Archive a group:

You can also archive the group (although this option is going to be phased out). This allows members to still see the group and its content but they cannot comment or post.

Go to the three dots on the upper right hand side of the group page and select Archive Group:

archive facebook group

Click Confirm to complete the group’s archival.

archive facebook group

Ready to unarchive? Here’s how:

Go to your group. At the top you will see an option to Unarchive Group. Click the button to start the process.

unarchive facebook group

Click to Confirm to unarchive the group. This  means that all admins, moderators, and members will be able to engage with the group again by posting, commenting, liking, etc.

unarchive facebook group

Deleting a group:

A third option is to delete the group entirely. In order to do this you have to remove all members first. Click here to learn more about deleting the group.

With current options, my advice would probably be to archive your group as opposed to deleting it, just in case you ever want to interact with those members in a group setting in the future. Once you delete, it’s gone.

Pausing a group:

Facebook is also rolling out a “pause group” option as an alternative to the archive option, but not many groups have it just yet. Keep an eye on this blog for updates!

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