Delete files from Slack

When they’re no longer needed, you can delete files from Slack.

What to expect

  • Members and guests can delete files that they've added.
  • Workspace owners and admins can delete files that have been added to public channels and any private channels that they’ve joined.
  • Files must be deleted individually, but we offer API methods to help you manage files in your workspace or Enterprise Grid organisation.

Tip: If you're reaching the file storage limit, read more about file storage limits on the free version of Slack. Please note that it may take up to 48 hours for storage space to become available once files are deleted.

 

Delete a file you’ve added

Any member or guest can delete a file they’ve uploaded to Slack.

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. Click  File browser at the top of your left sidebar. If you don't see this option, click on  More to find it.
  2. On the right side of the screen, click  Filter.
  3. Below Shared by, tick the box next to your name.
  4. Find the file that you’d like to delete, then click on the file name.
  5. Click the  three dots icon in the top right.
  6. Select Delete file, then click Yes, delete this file to confirm.
  1. Locate the file that you'd like to delete.
  2. Tap the file, then tap the   three dots icon
  3. Tap Delete file
  4. Tap Yes, delete file to confirm. 
  1. Locate the file that you'd like to delete.
  2. Tap the file, then tap the  three dots icon
  3. Tap Delete
  4. Tap Delete again to confirm.

 

Delete someone else’s file

Workspace owners and admins can delete files from public channels and any private channels that they've joined.

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. Click  File browser at the top of your left sidebar. If you don't see this option, click on  More to find it.
  2. In the Search field, type the name of a file, a keyword or a file author’s display name.
  3. Once you’ve found the file that you'd like to delete, click on the file name. Then, click the  three dots icon.
  4. Select Delete file, then click Yes, delete this file to confirm.
  1. Locate the file that you'd like to delete.
  2. Tap the file, then tap the  three dots icon
  3. Tap Delete file
  4. Tap Yes, delete file to confirm. 
  1. Locate the file that you'd like to delete.
  2. Tap the file, then tap the  three dots icon
  3. Tap Delete
  4. Tap Delete again to confirm.

Note: On paid subscriptions, workspace owners can set custom message and file retention policies, which automatically delete messages and files after a certain period of time.

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