Delete group

Namespace: microsoft.graph

Delete group.

When deleted, Microsoft 365 groups are moved to a temporary container and can be restored within 30 days. After that time, they're permanently deleted. This isn't applicable to Security groups and Distribution groups which are permanently deleted immediately. To learn more, see deletedItems.

This API is available in the following national cloud deployments.

Global service US Government L4 US Government L5 (DOD) China operated by 21Vianet


Choose the permission or permissions marked as least privileged for this API. Use a higher privileged permission or permissions only if your app requires it. For details about delegated and application permissions, see Permission types. To learn more about these permissions, see the permissions reference.

Permission type Least privileged permissions Higher privileged permissions
Delegated (work or school account) Group.ReadWrite.All Not available.
Delegated (personal Microsoft account) Not supported. Not supported.
Application Group.ReadWrite.All Not available.

The following conditions apply for apps to delete role-assignable groups:

  • For delegated scenarios, the app must be assigned the RoleManagement.ReadWrite.Directory delegated permission, and the calling user must be the creator of the group or be assigned at least the Privileged Role Administrator Microsoft Entra role.
  • For app-only scenarios, the calling app must be the owner of the group or be assigned the RoleManagement.ReadWrite.Directory application permission or be assigned at least the Privileged Role Administrator Microsoft Entra role.

HTTP request

DELETE /groups/{id}

Request headers

Name Description
Authorization Bearer {token}. Required. Learn more about authentication and authorization.

Request body

Don't supply a request body for this method.


If successful, this method returns 204 No Content response code. It doesn't return anything in the response body.



The following example shows a request.



The following example shows the response.

HTTP/1.1 204 No Content