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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
From your desktop, click the
gear icon to open the Channel Settings menu. Click
Edit message retention. You can choose to use the workspace-wide preference or use custom retention settings for this channel.
Save, then Apply Settings.
Set message retention for a direct message
From your desktop, click the
gear icon to open the Conversation Settings menu. Click
Edit message retention.
You can choose to use the workspace-wide preference or use custom retention settings for this conversation.
Save. Tick the box next to
Yes, apply these new settings, then click Apply Settings.
Note: If your workspace does not let members override these settings, you will not see the option to set message retention policies for channels or DMs.
Who can use this feature?
Workspace Owners can make this feature available to all members except guests
Standard, Plus, and Enterprise Grid