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How To Delete A Teams Chat

How To Delete A Teams Chat

Are you looking for a way to delete a chat in Microsoft Teams? It’s easy when you know how! This article will provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to delete one-on-one, group, and meeting chats, delete individual messages, hide chats, and edit messages.

We’ll also discuss the limitations and drawbacks of deleting, hiding, and editing chats. So read on to find out how to delete a Teams chat quickly and easily.


  • You can easily manage your conversations and keep things tidy with the help of Microsoft Teams.
  • Deleting a chat thread is simple and straightforward. To delete a chat thread, select the three-dot icon in the upper-right corner of the chat, then select Delete Chat. The conversation history and all messages will be permanently removed.
  • Meeting owners can’t delete meeting chats, but participants can delete their own messages.
  • On mobile, long press the chat thread and select More Options to delete it. Confirm the deletion by selecting Delete.
  • If you’re having trouble deleting messages, check your version of Microsoft Teams and update if needed.
  • Additionally, you can hide or mute the chat to keep it out of your way.
  • Retention policies can be set to delete Teams messages after a specific duration.

Deleting Single Messages

Editing or deleting your messages is quick and easy, so you can keep your chats just the way you want them. Deleting a single message is straightforward – just click on the three-dot icon and choose delete or edit.

When you delete your own message, it will be removed from the chat, but colleagues will still be able to see that you deleted it. Unfortunately, there’s no way to get rid of the ‘This message has been deleted’ notification.

On the other hand, if you don’t want to delete a message, you can always edit it by clicking on the ellipsis icon and selecting edit.

Supervisors can delete chats in Microsoft Teams for Education users to protect children from offensive language. Retention policies can also be set to delete Teams messages after a certain period of time.

If you’re still having trouble deleting messages, check that you’re using the latest version of Microsoft Teams and update if necessary.

Deleting Chat Threads

Keeping your conversations organized can be a challenge, but with the right options, you can quickly tidy up your chat threads.

To delete a chat thread in Microsoft Teams, simply select “More options” and then “Delete Chat”. This will permanently remove the conversation history from your account.

On mobile devices, long press the chat thread and select “More Options” to delete. You can also delete individual messages by clicking the three-dot icon and selecting “delete” or “edit”.

It’s important to note that meeting owners cannot delete meeting chats, but participants can. Be sure to confirm the deletion by selecting “Delete”.

If you need more help or support, Microsoft 365 subscription benefits and training are available.

Remember, keeping your chat threads organized is key to staying on top of your conversations and being productive.

Retention Policies

Take control of your conversations by setting up retention policies in Microsoft Teams so you don’t have to worry about manually deleting messages every day. Retention policies allow you to delete chat and channel messages after a specified timeframe.

This way, you can keep your chats organised and the clutter to a minimum. Setting up a policy is easy; just click on the ellipsis icon and choose ‘Retention Policy’. Once this is done, you can choose the duration after which messages will be deleted.

You can also choose which conversations to apply the policy to, such as one-on-one chats, group chats, or team conversations. This will ensure that chats are deleted after a set period, making it easier to manage conversations and keep your chats organized.

Alternative Options

If you don’t want to use retention policies, consider alternative options like editing or hiding chats to keep your conversations organized and clutter-free. Editing individual messages allows you to make small changes without deleting the entire conversation. You can use this option to correct typos or update information.

To edit a message in the desktop or web app, hover your cursor over it and select the More options icon. Select Edit and make any necessary changes. To edit a message in the mobile app, long-press the message and select Edit message.

You can also hide chats instead of deleting them, which will remove them from your view but keep them available if you need to access them again. To hide a chat in the desktop or web app, select the More options icon and then select Hide. On the mobile app, long-press the chat (Android) or swipe left and tap More (iOS), and then select Hide.

If you need to unhide a chat, you can re-initiate it by starting a new chat with the same people or group.


You’ve now learned how to delete chats in Microsoft Teams. You can delete single messages, chat threads, and even entire conversations.

Remember, if you need to retain an important message, you can always use the retention policy feature. If you don’t want to delete a message, you can always hide it from view.

Lastly, you can always edit your messages before sending them. Now you’re equipped with all the tips you need to manage chats in Teams effectively. So go ahead and start using Teams like a pro!


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