Join or leave an group

Currently, you can't join an group unless an owner or member adds you. To learn more, see Create an group and add members. If you've been added to a group, you can leave the group at any time.

If you've been added to a group using your Microsoft Account - an,, or email address - the other members of the group will be able to see the current display name, and primary email address of your account.

Leave an group

There are several ways to leave an group. 


  • Of course you can always ask the group owner, or the member who added you, to remove you from the group. 

  • If you are the last group owner and you leave the group, the other members will be notified and the group's data and content will be deleted in 30 days. If you want the group to continue after you leave you'll need to make somebody else (or better yet, two people) group owner before you leave the group. To learn how to make a member an owner, see Create an group and add members.

Leave the group from the original welcome message

All group members can leave a group by using the Leave group option in the group's welcome email message. 

  1. Search for the group's welcome email in your inbox. If you don't see it in your inbox it's possible it went into your junk e-mail, or spam, folder.

  2. Scroll down to the message footer and select Leave group.

  3. On the confirmation page, select OK.,, and group members

If you've been added to a group with your,, or email addresses, you have two additional ways to leave the group. 

Leave the group from the Group Settings pane

  1. In the left pane, under Groups, select the group you want to leave.

    Screenshot of a group in the left pane

  2. At the top of the message list, select More options icon > Settings.

    A screenshot of the More options button

  3. Select Leave group.
    You can leave a group from the Group Settings.

Leave the group from the group card

  1. Select the group you want to leave.

  2. Click on the group name to pull up the group card.

  3. Go to the Member tab.

  4. Click the X next to your account to remove yourself from the group. You can also remove any other members you have added to the group.

See Also

Learn more about groups

Edit or delete an group

How to change your Microsoft Account display name

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