I’ve been using Google Groups to run mailing lists for my church and now they want to shut everything down and start over with their own Web-based service. How can I delete the groups I’ve created on Google Groups?
We don’t often get questions about Google Groups, so it’s a pleasure to have it come to the forefront. We’re big fans of the service for small mailing lists, and appreciate that it’s free, has a full archive of every message ever sent (depending on your configuration) and includes the ability for each person to manage their own subscription without the list owner having to deal with subscribe / unsubscribe hassles.
It does, of course, have a Google interface, so it’s a bit tricky to use, unfortunately, but that’s okay, that’s why you’ve asked me to help out. I get the Google way of thinking, so we’re good… 🙂
To start out, go to Google Groups and click on “My Groups”:
Psst: you can click on the above button too, if you want a shortcut!
Now, from there, find the group you want to delete. It’ll have an entry similar to:
You can see here that it’s a “closed” and “private” group. Your first thought might be to simply leave the group.
Problem is, click on Leave this group when you’re an owner and, well, it’s not quite that easy:
The bigger problem is unstated here: Even if you can transfer ownership, the group won’t be deleted, it’ll still exist, which isn’t what you want to accomplish.
Instead, click on the small “Manage” link just below the group name.
You can see in this group there’s no archive of emails. As I suggested earlier, that’s actually a list configuration option.
No worries, whether there’s an archive or not, what you want to click on is the “Manage” link on the right side, adjacent to “Members”. Click on it and look down the left side at all the many options that have just shown up:
The one you want to choose, though it’s sure not obvious, is “Advanced” under the “Information” section.
Click on it and you’ll immediately know how to proceed:
That’s what you want! You 100% sure?
Then click on “Delete this group” to proceed:
Do it! Do it! Click “Delete group” and after a moment or two it’s done.
And that’s how you delete a mailing list group in Google Groups.