Delete files from Slack

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

  • Members and guests can delete files they’ve uploaded.
  • Workspace owners and admins can delete files from any public channel or in a private channel they’ve joined.
  • Files are deleted individually, not in bulk.

Note: While there is no bulk delete option for files, we offer API methods to help you manage your workspace data.

Using the Free subscription? If you’re reaching a file storage limit, read more about limits on the Free subscription. Note that it may take up to 48 hours for storage space to update 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

Windows Phone

  1. Click the  More items icon in the top right.
  2. Select Your files.
  3. Locate and choose the file you want to delete.
  4. Click the  three dots icon and select Delete file from Slack.
  5. To confirm, click Yes, delete this file.
  1. Swipe from right to left and tap Your files.
  2. Choose the file you want to delete. 
  3. Tap the  three dots icon in the bottom right.
  4. Tap Delete file.
  5. Tap Yes, delete file to confirm.
  1. Choose the file you want to delete.
  2. Tap the   Overflow menu in the top right.
  3. Tap Delete.
  4. Tap Delete again to confirm.
  1. From a channel, locate the message with the file you want to delete. 
  2. Long-press on the message. 
  3. Tap Delete

 

Delete someone else’s file

Workspace owners and admins can delete files from any public channel, but only in private channels they’ve joined.

Desktop

iOS

Android

Windows Phone

  1. Click the  More items icon in the top right.
  2. Select All files.
  3. Locate and choose the file you want to delete.
  4. Click the  three dots icon and select Delete file from Slack.
  5. To confirm, click Yes, delete this file.
  1. Swipe from right to left and tap Your files, then Everyone.
  2. Choose the file you want to delete. 
  3. Tap the  three dots icon in the bottom right.
  4. Tap Delete file.
  5. Tap Yes, delete file to confirm.
  1. Choose the file you want to delete.
  2. Tap the   Overflow menu in the top right.
  3. Tap Delete.
  4. Tap Delete again to confirm.
  1. From a channel, locate the message with the file you want to delete. 
  2. Long-press on the message. 
  3. Tap Delete

Note: On paid subscriptions, workspace owners might have selected custom message and file retention policies which would 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

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

  • Members and guests can delete files they’ve uploaded.
  • Workspace owners and admins can delete files that anyone has uploaded to any public channels or to private channels that they’ve joined.
  • Files are deleted individually, not in bulk.

Note: While there is no bulk-delete option for files, we offer API methods to help you manage your workspace data.

Tip: If you're hitting a 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  Files in the left sidebar.
  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 from Slack, then click Yes, delete this file to confirm.
  1. Swipe from right to left and tap Your files.
  2. Choose the file that you'd like to delete. 
  3. Tap the  three dots icon in the bottom right.
  4. Tap Delete file.
  5. Tap Yes, delete file to confirm.
  1. Choose the file you want to delete.
  2. Tap the   Overflow menu in the top right.
  3. Tap Delete.
  4. Tap Delete again to confirm.

 

Delete someone else’s file

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

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. Click  Files in the left sidebar.
  2. In the Search field, type the name of a file, a keyword or file author’s display name.
  3. Once you’ve found the file that you want to delete, click the file name. Then, click the  three dots icon.
  4. Select Delete file from Slack, then click Yes, delete this file to confirm.
  1. Swipe from right to left and tap Your files, then Everyone.
  2. Choose the file that you'd like to delete. 
  3. Tap the  three dots icon in the bottom right.
  4. Tap Delete file.
  5. Tap Yes, delete file to confirm.
  1. Choose the file you want to delete.
  2. Tap the   Overflow menu in the top right.
  3. Tap Delete.
  4. Tap Delete again to confirm.

Note: On paid subscriptions, workspace owners may have 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