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How to delete or hide chats in Microsoft Teams

Sending messages by mistake or with typos is something everyone who uses Microsoft Teams will come across at some point. Instead of editing those chats to fix the mistake — or if you’re looking to get rid of the entire message — there is a straightforward method for deleting them.

Let’s take a look at how to delete chats in Microsoft Teams.




5 minutes

What You Need

  • Computer, laptop, tablet, or phone with access to Microsoft Teams

Deleting individual chats in Microsoft Teams

While there’s no way to delete an entire conversation that contains multiple messages, you can delete individual chats within that conversation thread.

Step 1: Open a chat and select a message by right-clicking on it. You can also open the same menu by selecting the More options button – shown as three dots adjacent to the emoji reactions – after hovering over a particular chat.

The More options setting on Microsoft Teams.
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Step 2: Select the Delete field.

Your message will now be replaced with, "This message has been deleted," alongside an Undo button, which can come in handy when you’ve accidentally hit the wrong option in the drop-down menu.

The Delete option on Microsoft Teams for deleting messages within a chat.
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Deleting entire conversations in Microsoft Teams

There is no way to delete all the messages contained within a chat in one go via the chat sidebar, where all your conversations are listed. However, you can hide them if you no longer want or need them in that section.

Step 1: Within the chat section, on the left-hand side of the program, right-click on a conversation thread or select More options next to the pop-out chat icon.

The More options setting on Microsoft Teams for conversations.
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Step 2: Choose the Hide setting.

The Hide option for hiding a chat from the Chats sidebar on Microsoft Teams.
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Deleting Microsoft Teams chats on iPhone

You can also delete chats in Microsoft Teams if you use the mobile app version as opposed to (or alongside) the desktop program.

Step 1: Open the chat thread where you’ll be deleting messages from.

Step 2: Select the chat you want to delete by pressing and holding on the message itself. This will open the settings options you can choose from.

Step 3: Choose the Delete message field, and then select the Delete button.

Deleting messages on Microsoft Teams for iPhone.
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If you use Slack instead of Microsoft Teams, we also have a guide on how to delete messages on that platform as well.

As for Teams itself, head over to our comprehensive article on how to fix the most common Microsoft Teams problems.

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