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How to delete Slack messages

If your company uses Slack as its preferred communication tool, then knowing the basics is important. One action you might want to take in Slack is to delete a message. You can remove a direct message or one you post in a channel using the Slack desktop, web, and mobile applications.

For those times when you type a message in the wrong channel or conversation or simply say something you wish you hadn’t, here’s how to delete Slack messages.

Difficulty

Easy

Duration

5 minutes

What You Need

  • Slack account

  • Slack desktop or mobile app (optional)

About deleting messages in Slack

Keep these limits and restrictions in mind if you want to delete a Slack message:

  • Any member can delete their own message, but not one shared by another member.
  • If you are unable to delete your message, the owner or admin may have restricted this permission. Check with them for assistance.
  • Owners and admins can delete messages from any member in public and private channels along with group direct messages where they’re a participant.
  • The ability to delete bulk messages is not currently available.
  • When you delete a message, the action is permanent and cannot be reversed.

Delete messages in the Slack desktop or web app

Whether you prefer the Slack desktop or web application, these versions are almost identical. And so are the steps for deleting a message.

Step 1: Open the channel or conversation containing the message you want to delete.

Step 2: Hover your cursor over the message to highlight it, and select the Three dots in the toolbar that displays for More actions.

Three dots next to a message for More Actions in the Slack desktop app.
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Step 3: Choose Delete message.

Delete Message in the Slack More Actions menu.
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Step 4: Confirm this action by selecting Delete.

Delete message confirmation in the Slack desktop app.
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Delete messages in the Slack mobile app

If you use Slack on your mobile phone or tablet, you can delete a message in just a few taps.

Step 1: Open the channel or conversation containing the message you want to delete.

Step 2: Either tap and hold the message or select the message to open it and then tap the Three dots.

If you’re using a smartphone, slide up the bottom window to see all actions.

Step 3: Choose Delete message.

Step 4: Confirm this action by selecting Delete.

Keep in mind that if you delete a message on Slack, it doesn’t mean that the other member(s) didn’t see it first. Be careful with the messages you share, especially in a professional work environment.

For more, take a look at some helpful tips and tricks for using Slack or how to fix common Slack problems.

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