Snapchat groups make it easy to send snaps, messages, and video notes to up to 32 friends at once. However, over time you may wish to remove and disband old Snapchat groups you no longer use or that contain contacts you’d rather not message anymore. Fortunately, completely deleting Snapchat groups only takes a few quick taps once you know the process.
There are a few key reasons why you may want to delete a Snapchat group:
- You no longer chat with those friends as a group anymore. The old group wastes space or is distracting.
- Group members have changed over time. You want to create a fresh group that better represents your current friendships.
- You had a falling out with some group members and no longer want joint communications.
- Graduation, moving away, or other life changes made the old group irrelevant.
- The group name or imagery is embarrassing or invasive regarding members’ privacy.
Whether the group naturally faded away or more actively imploded, deleting it entirely on Snapchat removes it from your account and contacts’ apps. The process depends slightly on whether you created the group or were simply added to an existing group by someone else.
How to Delete a Snapchat Group You Created
If you were the original admin who created the Snapchat group, deleting it is an easy permanent removal:
- Open Snapchat and tap the chat bubble icon in the top left of your camera home screen.
- Tap the Groups header among your various conversations and contacts.
- Locate the group you want to delete and press and hold your finger on the group’s name.
- Select “More” from the options that appear.
- Tap the red Delete Chat button confirm you wish to permanently delete the group.
- The Snapchat group will vanish from your contacts’ apps as well once deleted on your end as the original admin.
How to Leave or Delete a Group You Didn’t Create
If someone else originally created the Snapchat group, you cannot directly delete the group fully. However, leaving the group removes it from your account which produces much the same effect:
- Navigate to the group’s chat within Snapchat.
- Tap the gear settings icon in the top right corner.
- Choose Leave Group to confirm you no longer wish to receive messages from the group.
- The group will immediately disappear from both your main contacts and group message listings in Snapchat.
- While the overall group still exists for the admin and other members, removing yourself effectively deletes the group from your user perspective.
What Happens When a Snapchat Group is Deleted
Whenever a Snapchat group is deleted, either by the original admin or by someone exiting the group, here is what happens:
- All previous one-on-one and group messages, snaps, images, and videos shared within the group are permanently deleted as well. These cannot be retrieved, even by group members who saved chat content on their phone initially.
- Any customized names, emojis, images, or other group settings are all lost.
- Former group members immediately lose access to open or participate in group messaging.
- If you delete a group as admin, group members don’t receive warnings or notifications it is being removed.
- The former Snapchat group and associated chat history cannot be recovered or restored after deletion.
Essentially all traces of the Snapchat group existence and messaging vanish entirely with no method for recovery. Members will simply notice the missing group chat which conveys its terminated status.
Parting Advice on Snapchat Group Maintenance
Maintaining healthy, current Snapchat groups with active conversations is best. But deleting old, unused groups cleans up your contacts and makes way for new groups down the road. Just keep these additional tips in mind:
- Periodically checking for inactive groups to delete keeps your Snapchat neat.
- As your friendships and interests evolve, don’t be afraid to delete groups that no longer fit your life, even if you were once very close with those friends.
- When exiting a group you didn’t create, the considerate thing to do is first message the admin that you’ll be leaving.
- You can always message group members one-on-one so deleting groups doesn’t necessarily mean losing touch fully.
The option to instantly delete Snapchat groups you no longer engage with makes group management simple and carefree. Take advantage of deletion capabilities whenever groups naturally run their course or cease to serve your social purposes on Snapchat.