Edit or delete messages

Because mistkaes mistakes sometimes happen, it’s possible to edit and delete messages in Slack. If allowed by their workspace owners and admins, members can edit and delete the messages that they send. Workspace owners and admins can delete anyone’s messages in public channels, and in private channels that they've joined.

Before getting started

  • It's not possible to bulk delete messages.
  • Message deletion is permanent, so please delete with care!
  • Channel messages from bots created for your workspace can be deleted by workspace owners and admins.

Note: Workspace owners and admins can set message editing and deletion permissions for members. If you can't see the option to edit or delete a message, find an owner or admin to ask for help.


Edit a message

If your workspace settings permit you to edit messages, follow the steps below.

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. Hover over the message you want to edit.
  2. Click the  three dots icon.
  3. Click Edit message.
  4. Select Save changes to finish.
  1. Tap and hold the message that you’d like to edit.
  2. Tap  Edit message and make your changes.
  3. Tap the  tick icon to finish.
  1. Tap and hold the message that you’d like to edit.
  2. Tap  Edit Message and make your changes.
  3. Tap the  tick icon to finish.


Delete a message

If your workspace settings permit you to delete your messages, use the steps below. 

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. Hover over the message you want to delete.
  2. Click the  three dots icon.
  3. Click Delete message.
  4. Select Delete to confirm.
  1. Tap and hold the message that you’d like to delete.
  2. Tap  Delete Message.
  3. Tap Delete Message again to confirm.
  1. Tap and hold the message that you’d like to delete.
  2. Tap  Delete message.
  3. Tap Delete again to confirm.

Note: While you can't bulk delete, all workspace owners and admins can delete a channel. Workspace owners on paid subscriptions can set a retention policy to automatically delete messages after a certain amount of time.

Who can use this feature?
  • All members (default), but workspace owners and workspace admins can set different permissions
  • Free, Standard, Plus and Enterprise Grid subscriptions