Set private channel and DM retention policies

By default, members can choose how long Slack will retain messages exchanged in any private channel or direct message that they are a part of. For example, if you set a retention policy of one day, all messages in the channel or direct message will be deleted after one day.

These settings will override any workspace-wide message retention policies that your Workspace or Enterprise Grid Org Owner may have put in place.

Caution! Message deletion is permanent. ⚠️  Please use care when setting up retention policies. 

 

Set message retention for a specific channel

  1. From your desktop, click the  gear icon to open the Channel Settings menu.
  2. Click Additional options... 
  3. Click Set the channel message retention policy.
  4. Select your Retention Type. You can choose to use the workspace-wide preference or retain messages in this channel for a specific number of days.
  5. When you're finished, click Review, then Set Policy.

 

Set message retention for a direct message

  1. From your desktop, click the  gear icon to open the Conversation Settings menu.
  2. Click Set message retention policy...
  3. Select your Retention Type. You can choose to use the workspace-wide preference or retain messages in this conversation for a specific number of days.
  4. When you're finished, click Review, then Set Policy.

Note: If your workspace settings do now allow for channel overrides, you will not see the option to set message retention policies for channels or DMs.

Who can use this feature?
  • By default, this feature is available to all members
  • Available on paid plans.

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