A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Leave A WhatsApp Group

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WhatsApp group chat is a great feature. But it can soon become annoying with its recurring notifications. Suppose you are trying to focus on work. If your phone keeps ringing with notification alerts, you might want to leave the WhatsApp group.

It can be difficult to leave a WhatsApp group if you are doing it for the first time. But, you can do it within minutes by following this step-by-step guide.

Leave A WhatsApp Group On iPhone

If you are an iPhone user, there are two different ways to exit a WhatsApp group: from the info page and the chats tab.

Leaving A WhatsApp Group From The Group’s Info Page

Leaving a WhatsApp group is very straightforward. In fact, user-friendliness and ease of use are some of the pros of WhatsApp.

Follow the steps below to exit a group from the group info page:

  1. Open WhatsApp
WhatsApp icon in iPhone device
  1. Find and tap on the group you want to leave to open the WhatsApp group chat screen
WhatsApp group chat screen
  1. Tap on the group subject
Group subject inside group chat. in WhatsApp
  1. Scroll down and tap on the “Exit Group
Leaving the group chat by clicking on Exit Group button
  1. Confirm the exit when WhatsApp prompts whether you want to exit the group or archive instead
Confirming group exit on WhatsApp

Once you tap on the exit button, you will leave the group. However, the chat thread will remain. But you won’t be able to send any messages as you are no longer a participant.

Cannot send a message on group chat when you are no longer a participant

If you want to clear chat permanently, tap on the “Delete Group” button, which will replace the exit button once you leave the group.

Delete Group button inside the group chat in WhatsApp

You should delete groups after leaving them to delete the group conversation and group media permanently.

Leaving A WhatsApp Group By Swiping Left In The Chats View

If you don’t want to go to the info page, there’s a simpler alternative. Here’s the step-by-step guide for that:

  1. Launch WhatsApp
  2. Find the group you want to leave and swipe left
  3. Tap on “More” with the three dots
Three dots labeled with More for other options in WhatsApp
  1. Tap on “Exit Group
Exit Group button in WhatsApp iPhone
  1. Confirm that you want to leave the group
Confirmation to leave a group chat in WhatsApp

Again, the group chat thread will remain until you delete groups by following the steps above.

Video Instructions

Watch our video to see the steps in action!

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Leave A WhatsApp Group On Android (Video)

If you are using an Android phone, the process of leaving a WhatsApp group chat will be slightly different.

Leaving A WhatsApp Group Using Group’s Info Page

The steps to leave WhatsApp group conversation on Android from the group’s info page is similar to that on an iPhone.

  1. Open WhatsApp
WhatsApp icon in an Android device
  1. Open the group’s conversation screen and then tap on the group subject to open the info page
Tapping group subject in WhatsApp group chat android
  1. Scroll down and tap on “Exit Group” button
Tapping Exit group button to leave group chat. in WhatsApp android
  1. Tap on “Exit” to confirm that you want to leave the group
Confirm leaving group chat by tapping on Exit button

This will show a notification in the group with the message “You left.” You also will not be able to send messages in the group anymore.

You left message seen after leaving a group chat in WhatsApp android

You can now head to the same group info page and tap delete group button that will replace the exit button.

When you leave the group, it will also show an option to delete media of the group.

Leaving A WhatsApp Group By Long Pressing The Group

While iPhone lets you exit a group by swiping left from the chats view, an Android phone allows the same by long pressing the group.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open WhatsApp
  2. Long press on the group you want to leave and tap on the three dots on the top right corner
Long press on the three vertical dots on the upper right corner for more options
  1. Tap on “Exit Group
Exit group option after pressing the three vertical dots
  1. Confirm the exit
Tapping exit to confirm leaving a group chat in WhatsApp android

You can then delete the group from the group info page.

Video Steps

Also, watch our video to see how it is all done:

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Steps To Leave A WhatsApp Group If You Are A Group Admin

If you are a group’s admin, you can simply exit the group using the abovementioned methods.

However, you can also permanently delete the group for all members.

To permanently delete a group for all its members, you can follow the steps below.

  1. Launch WhatsApp
  2. Open the group’s conversation screen and head to the info page by clicking on group subject
  3. Here you can find different group settings, such as adding participants and inviting participants with a link. Scroll down and tap on each group member’s name.
Exit group button to leave a group chat in WhatsApp
  1. This will open a drop down menu. Select the option to remove the member from the group.
Remove a specific member in WhatsApp group
  1. Remove all other members from the group
  2. When you are the only member left in the group, you can exit it. After exiting, you can delete media and the group.


Can You Leave A Group Chat Without Anyone Knowing?

Currently, you cannot leave WhatsApp group chat without anyone knowing. However, WhatsApp is soon launching a new feature allowing you to leave a group silently.

How Do You Leave A Whatsapp Group Politely?

To leave a WhatsApp group politely, you can simply mute a group or disable WhatsApp notifications. Muting the group will disable notifications for the messages in that group so that they do not annoy you.

If I Leave A Whatsapp Group, Will My Messages Be Deleted?

The messages will remain in the chat history even if you leave a WhatsApp group. They will remain there until you delete chat history.

Final Words

WhatsApp groups are great for having conversations with your friends. According to data, there are over a billion WhatsApp groups. However, they can soon become annoying. And when they get irritating, it is best to leave the group instead of muting them.

You can follow the steps mentioned in this article to leave WhatsApp group and then delete it permanently.

Please let me know in the comments if you enjoyed reading this article. Also, don’t forget to share this article with your friends. Who knows, they might need to delete groups irritating them.

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Kailash Vaviya

Kailash Vaviya is a freelance writer who started writing in 2019 and has never stopped since then as he fell in love with it. He has a soft corner for technology and likes to read, learn, and write about it. His content is focused on providing information to help build a brand presence and gain engagement. You can connect with him on: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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