Edit or delete messages

Mistkaes Mistakes happen, and in Slack, they're easy to correct. By default, it's possible to edit and delete the messages and replies you send. 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 plans 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 will not see the option to take the steps below. Contact a Workspace Owner to discuss.

Desktop

iOS

Android

Windows Phone

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

Tip: Tap 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’d like to edit.
  2. Tap Edit Message and make your changes.
  3. Tap Save to finish.
  1. Touch and hold on the message you’d like to edit.
  2. Tap Edit and make your changes.
  3. Tap the   check mark icon to finish.
  1. Touch and hold on the message you’d like 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 will not see the option to take the steps below. Contact a Workspace Owner to discuss.

Desktop

iOS

Android

Windows Phone

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

Tip: On desktop, delete your most recent message by pressing the ⬆️up arrow key. Delete the text, click Enter, and then Yes, delete this message (or just hit Enter again) to confirm. ✨

  1. Touch and hold on the message you’d like to delete.
  2. Tap Delete Message.
  3. Tap Yes, Delete the Message to confirm.
  1. Touch and hold on the message you’d like to delete.
  2. Tap Delete message.
  3. Tap Delete again to confirm.
  1. Touch and hold on the message you’d like to delete.
  2. Tap Delete.
  3. Tap Yes to confirm.
Who can use this feature?
  • By default, all members can use this feature.
  • Available on free and paid plans.

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