How to Clear All Messages from WhatsApp Group without Leaving

whatsapp logoWhatsApp groups are a good means of quick communication amongst friends and family members and nearly every WhatsApp user is a member of one or more groups created by family, friends, employer, school or somebody else. Issues may start arising when group chat becomes long and unmaintained causing the memory usage of WhatsApp to expand constantly. This article discusses the ways to clear WhatsApp group chats without leaving the group. Do note that this will not delete the chats from the phones of other group members (unless they do this as well).

Clear WhatsApp Group Chats on Windows Phone

If you own a Windows Phone, you can empty the messages of a specific WhatsApp group without leaving it by following these steps:

  1. Open WhatsApp
  2. Open the group chat and tap the 3 dots at the bottom right. Then choose Group Info
    Tap and hold on the group name in the Chats screen and choose Group Info
  3. Tap on the 3 dots at the bottom right and choose Clear Chat HistoryWhatsApp group info WP
  4. Choose if you want to delete all messages or only the ones older than 30 or 60 daysWhatsApp clear chat history WP
  5. Tap on Yes to confirm

Clear WhatsApp Group Chats on Android

If you’re using an Android smartphone, you can easily clear the chat messages without the need of leaving the group by following the steps below. Please note that unlike the Windows Phone version, you’re not allowed to select the duration for which the messages should be removed.

  1. Open WhatsApp and then the group chat which you want to delete.
  2. Tap on the options key (3 vertical dots) at the top right of the screen and select More.
  3. Tap on Clear Conversation and then finally tap on OK to confirm the deletion of messages.whatsapp clear conversation android

Clear WhatsApp Group Chats on iPhone (iOS)

If you’re an Apple iPhone user, there is an easy way to clear the messages of a WhatsApp group while still retaining the membership of the group. To clear the chats, follow these steps:

  1. Open WhatsApp and tap on Chats in the navigation pane at the bottom.tap chats whatsapp ios
  2. Locate the WhatsApp group chat you want to delete and swipe your finger towards left over the group name.iPhone WhatsApp swipe left
  3. Tap on More and then choose Clear Chat option which appears.iPhone whatsapp tap clear chat

Following the above steps for different mobile platforms will give you a clean and fresh group chat window. Again, doing this does not delete messages on the devices of other group members.

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34 Responses to How to Clear All Messages from WhatsApp Group without Leaving

  1. SJ May 21, 2015 at 1:20 pm #

    Thank you so much.

  2. Purvi June 4, 2015 at 12:52 am #

    The above steps were really helpful in Nokia Lumia phones, but my concern is to clear all the messages from all groups you need to select and follow the steps individually for each group. Unlike android phone you get facility to delete all chat messages together.

  3. sara June 19, 2015 at 3:05 am #

    Whatsspp fogo quadro

  4. Vasudevan K July 18, 2015 at 8:05 pm #

    Thank You Very Much. It helped me save lot of time

  5. mani September 28, 2015 at 7:49 am #

    My delete my group in my what’s app how to re admin to my group again

    • Narender Singh September 28, 2015 at 6:06 pm #

      Ask the new admin to make you the admin.

  6. Sarfaraz Alam November 27, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    It was very much helpful to me

  7. SANCHITA SHARMA January 1, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

    It deleted my all broadcast lists
    how can i regain them back

    • Narender Singh January 2, 2016 at 1:15 am #

      You cannot regain them. Please create them again.

  8. Zorahida April 4, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    The 3 Dots in The IPhone are so close to The cámara On The left and the recorder On The right that I can not Get to it!
    What can I do?

  9. Saurabh April 22, 2016 at 7:18 am #

    Thanx… You saved my energy ?

  10. Victoria Saturno May 20, 2016 at 1:01 am #

    :This didn’t really help cause when I went to the group i wanted to delete chat, there was no three dot button thing. Please someone help me. I’m using Huawei phone btw.

    • Narender Singh May 20, 2016 at 11:53 am #

      Which Huawei phone are you using? If there are no 3 dots, then your phone should have a hardware options key. Tap or try tap and hold on the key and it should open options.

  11. razi June 5, 2016 at 11:23 am #

    I’m using blackberry passport. I can delete all messages form any group. But there is one group, when I choose delete all messages, the screen go back to the 1st message on that group. Try many times, still same. What is happening? Anyone can help? For info, it works when I delete one by one message, but this group have hundreds of messages per day, and its been a year I didnt delete it.

    • Narender Singh June 5, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

      It seems like a bug or memory issue happening with the app. Is it possible that you can ask somebody to re-add you to the group and then delete the group directly? That would delete all the messages there.

  12. Salem June 8, 2016 at 6:58 am #

    I tried to delete my group’s history following your steps but unfortunately it didn’t work.. As my group history is more than 2 years old and the history load is too much so whenever I go for chat clearance the app gets stuck and force me to close WhatsApp..!!

    Any solution to my problem?

  13. Zolla June 14, 2016 at 1:12 am #

    Thanks but it only works for groups with low chat rate, but there are particularly two groups that I don’t succeed clearing, whatsapp refuses to respond and later hangs, trying to delete the group it hangs again before it’s successful ?

  14. Mike June 20, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    My Samsung phone does not show the 3 dots required for this action?

    • Narender Singh June 21, 2016 at 12:58 am #

      In that case there must be the options key on the phone. Tapping it or tapping and holding it should bring up the menu.

  15. bertha June 21, 2016 at 6:21 pm #

    thanks so much

  16. M dariel August 13, 2016 at 3:33 pm #

    *CATASTROPHIC*. I followed the instructions for iphone on IOS, swiped my finger to the left on the group name as recommended and, shazzzam! … All the group disappeared, not just the conversations.

    • Narender Singh August 13, 2016 at 3:38 pm #

      My apologies. But how can the ‘Clear Chat’ option delete a group? Did you accidentally tap on an option which wasn’t ‘Clear chat’? Whatsapp does keep on changing and moving options from one place to the other.

  17. IJey August 13, 2016 at 5:36 pm #

    Thanks admin.
    Clearing chats on a group with a heavy chat history requires patience and perseverance. I just did mine successfully after more than twenty times, because I lost count at a point. Your device would hang, stop responding, and force stop many times, but it would get cleared eventually.

  18. M dariel August 14, 2016 at 2:08 am #

    Sorry about the panic. The group was not deleted after all. However your instructions to swipe left on group name, look for MORE command then Clear no longer work for IOS 9. I simply tapped on group name, then went to bottom of screen below group members names. There you find the Clear option. It worked.
    THANK YOU ANYWAY. You gave me the incentive to experiment and find!

  19. Ge August 16, 2016 at 12:50 am #

    I do not know how, but the option of “Delete all” to delete all the texts of a group or individual person on my whatsApp are not showing anymore.

    What I have to do to have this option again?

    I got a iPhone 6s Plus.

    Please help me?

    Thank you very much.

  20. Amol August 21, 2016 at 7:50 am #

    Sir I hv Nokia xl mobile phone. I cud not able to clear my group msgs, as I tried for clearing but after some time whatsapp doesnot respons.Please help me out.

  21. shubham October 3, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

    i want delelt my chat another person whatsup acount how to posible
    give me best idea pllzz very big prblm

    • Narender Singh October 5, 2016 at 11:20 pm #

      You cannot delete the chat from somebody else’s phone.

  22. Shane October 16, 2016 at 6:00 am #

    It will clear the chat messages, but photos junk is still not deleted..

    • Deepak Ahuja January 8, 2017 at 3:30 pm #

      yes, you are right! Whats the solution to this?

  23. thandi February 6, 2017 at 3:22 pm #

    Hi I have been trying to delete all the groups on my whatsap as Iam not interested in their converations what do I do?

    • Narender Singh February 6, 2017 at 10:43 pm #

      You should exit all those groups individually.

      • thandi February 7, 2017 at 12:14 pm #


        • Narender Singh February 7, 2017 at 6:40 pm #

          There are multiple ways to exit a WhatsApp group.
          1. There should be an Exit button on the group info page. Just open group info by clicking on the group picture. Then scroll down and you’ll see the exit button at the bottom. Or;
          2. Tap and hold on the group name in the ‘All Chats’ window. Tap Options > Exit group.

          Do note that you will stop receiving messages from the groups you exit. Old messages will still be accessible unless you clear the group chat as well. And you will need to get in touch with the group admin(s) if you wish to join the group again.

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