I am a member of a bunch of groups on Facebook that I don’t really care about any more, but I keep getting bulletins and updates in my inbox. What’s the easiest way to unsubscribe from them?
Facebook has a different model for groups that what I see on other sites and rather a ton of them seem to be more about joining than about participation. The “make your voice heard” groups that crop up around political and online events, that are to show your support or solidarity.
As a result, there are lots of people who are members of hundreds, if not thousands of groups, and I can well imagine that one day the people who own those groups might want to start sending out messages, to your surprise!
Fortunately it’s not too hard to unsubscribe from a group when you get a message from its owner in your inbox on Facebook. Let me step you through the process…
First off, here’s what a group message looks like in my inbox:
Look just like regular email, actually, without any differentiation. Not a worry. Click on the message and you’ll see its contents:
What we’re interested in is at the very bottom right corner: Leave Group. I’ve highlighted it by boxing it in red in this screen capture. Click on it!
It’s an oddly phrased prompt – I would have just said “Leave group?” – but that’s what you want to do. Click on “Remove” and you’ve left the group.
However, perhaps surprisingly, the message is still in your inbox, so you’ll need to delete that one manually too, but at least you’ll never see another from that group.
Good luck. If you need it, there’s plenty more Facebook Help here on Ask Dave Taylor.