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[UPDATE: Facebook has made it much easier to rejoin a group now. However, and here is the key, only an admin can allow you back into the group, and you have to wait 48 hours for the change to go into effect. This allows Facebook's servers sufficient time to process the request, since it ranks as a low priority on a very busy network. Also, admins can only change the group's settings (Public, Closed, Private) until it reaches 250 members. After that, the setting lock in.]
The group is a great way for many of our mutual friends to communicate freely without being “watched” by others with no real or vested interest in our discussions.
Every once in a while, though, someone inadvertently leaves the group by accidentally clicking the “Leave Group” button.
So the question comes up, “How do I get back into a closed or private Facebook group?”
Unfortunately, there is no clear way to get back in.
Getting in the group in the first place requires an invite from an administrator (or the creator) of the group. If the administrator simply tries to re-invite the person back in, the administrator gets a pop-up window that says, “This person has left the group” — an obvious, and clearly not very helpful response.
And once you’ve left, you can’t see or search on the group to re-enter it (that’s part of what makes it private). For all practical purposes, it’s gone.
Facebook itself has no published solution.
However, my friend Jason Dorsey discovered a quick fix. Here’s how it works:
This seems to be the only working solution to this problem. If you hear of any others, please let me know!!
UPDATE: This solution doesn’t appear to work in all cases, but cheer up! Readers have listed other great workarounds in the comment thread to this post. Check them out, one of these could work for you!
UPDATE 2: Based on the many comments below, this problem still appears to be largely unresolved.
UPDATE 3: The most successful workaround to date appears to be as follows:
Obviously this is not an ideal workaround but it appears to have succeeded in multiple cases.