Manage permissions for message editing and deletion

By default, all members can edit and delete their own messages and thread replies. If they'd like, Workspace Owners and Admins can change these permissions. Here's what they can adjust:

Tip: Restricting the ability to edit or delete messages might impact how members communicate. Consider the pros and cons of editing and deleting for your team’s needs.

💡 Configure workspace-wide message retention settings to manage Slack storage.

 

Adjust time frame for editing messages

Workspace owners and admins can allow members to edit a message at any time, never, up to one minute or up to one week after sending it: 

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Administration, then Workspace settings from the menu.
  3. Click the Permissions tab.
  4. Next to Message editing & deletion, click Expand.
  5. Under Allow editing, select how long members will have to edit their messages.
  6. Click Save to finish.

Note: if you select Never, then members can no longer edit their messages.

 

Choose who can delete messages

Workspace Owners can decide who can delete messages — either everyone or only Workspace Owners and Admins. Here's how:

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Administration, then Workspace settings from the menu.
  3. Click the Permissions tab.
  4. Next to Message editing & deletion, click Expand.
  5. Under People who can delete messages, choose which members can delete messages.
  6. Click Save to finish.

 

Who can use this feature?
  • Workspace owners and admins
  • Free, Standard, Plus and Enterprise Grid subscriptions