Edit or delete messages

Mistkaes Mistakes happen, and in Slack, they’re easy to correct. It’s possible to edit and delete the messages and replies you send by default. However, workspace owners and admins can change this setting – they can adjust how long you have to edit or delete a message or turn off the ability to edit or delete messages altogether.

Workspace owners can delete any message or thread reply in a public channel or in private channels that they join. 

Need more storage? We’re afraid it’s not possible to bulk delete your messages in Slack. However, workspace owners on our paid subscriptions can set custom message and file retention policies that let you auto-delete data you no longer need.


Edit your message

If a workspace owner has turned off the ability to edit messages, you won’t see the option to follow the steps below. Contact a workspace owner to discuss this.

Desktop

iOS

Android

Windows Phone

  1. Hover over the message you want to edit.
  2. Click the More actions icon.
  3. Click Edit message.

Tip: Press the ⬆️up arrow key to quickly edit your last message when using Slack on desktop. (This is a default setting – check your Preferences to turn it on or off.)

  1. Touch and hold on the message you want to edit.
  2. Tap Edit message and make your changes.
  3. Tap Save to finish.
  1. Touch and hold on the message you want to edit.
  2. Tap Edit and make your changes.
  3. Tap the tick icon to finish.
  1. Touch and hold on the message you want to edit.
  2. Tap edit to update your message.
  3. Tap Save to finish.


Delete a message

If a workspace owner has turned off the ability to delete messages, you won’t see the option to follow the steps below. Contact a workspace owner to discuss this.

Desktop

iOS

Android

Windows Phone

  1. Hover over the message you want to delete.
  2. Click the More actions icon.
  3. Click Delete message.

Tip: On desktop, you can delete your most recent message by pressing the ⬆️up arrow key. Delete the text, press Enter, then Delete to confirm. ✨

  1. Touch and hold on the message you want to delete.
  2. Tap Delete message.
  3. Tap Yes, delete the message to confirm.
  1. Touch and hold on the message you want to delete.
  2. Tap Delete message.
  3. Tap Delete again to confirm.
  1. Touch and hold on the message you want to delete.
  2. Tap Delete.
  3. Tap Yes to confirm.
Who can use this feature?
  • All members can use this feature by default.
  • Available on free and paid subscriptions.

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