Delete Private Chat threads
This request is for the ability to completely delete a private chat thread. (Not hide/archive.)
Again, this was pulled out into its own topic because it is still under review and no decision has been made.
To recap what has already been completed from the other topic:
1. Delete your own messages anywhere in Teams.
2. Team Owners can choose if users can edit/delete in their tenant as well as choose if admins have the power to delete any message posted in public channels.
3. The ability to hide your private chat threads (these are not the chat threads in channels, but the private chat threads that appear when you click the Chat icon on the left-side app bar).
4. The ability to mute your private chat threads. (these are not the chat threads in channels, but the private chat threads that appear when you click the Chat icon on the left-side app bar).
This topic deserves consideration and separating out hot items is something we have often done. Please don't think of this as an attempt to diminish the ask, we know that many people want this.
Thank you for your understanding and feedback.
Allowing deletion of private chat threads is on the backlog.
Jim Dixon commented
It was a mistake not including the ability to delete chats (entire chats in two clicks) from day one. I personally will use teams as little as possible until this feature and a number of others are added. Most old chat threads are like clutter or garbage, useless and annoying to have around.
Whoever is surprised with this behavior from MS has missed a few things from their recent history. See the diag level evolution in Windows 10 builds and the push on Defender among others.
The simple fact that one needs to come here to complain about it says it all (notwithstanding the fact that they just don't seem to care anyway).
Amazing .... !!!
Micrososft should give the ability to users, at least to delete all their messages inside a chat between 2 users. Not message by message..
This as to be solved ASAP.
Public waiting too long commented
Hello @Microsoft Members
We are in November 2019 and still there two main things that you were in backlog for the whole year
1- Delete a complete conversation ( Chat) - not just the message sent
2- Read notifications ( All communication apps in the world have this )
Can you please listen to the public needs ?
please!! deleted chat Teams!!!
Any hint at when this will be possible or when this feature will be implemented?
BHASKAR KSS commented
Is it possible to delete entire chat history at the end of the day in teams...? It is a basic feature and Microsoft ignored it.
Sean Edwards commented
So we are stuck with all the clutter of private chat conversations that are only relevant for a brief and limited period of time. The whole point of IM is to not have this type of conversation cluttering up other channels. This bug really needs to be fixed.
It is staggering that a conversation I have on my computer must remain there for eternity and cannot be deleted.What possible legal reasons can prevent me from deleting something I own? What legal right does Microsoft have to prevent me from doing so. This needs to be enacted yesterday Microsoft.
Davis Kay commented
This is the worst "feature" I've ever encountered in software. What is the deal? Who thought this was a good idea?
It's been over a year since I read they were working on it, how hard is it? Hiding is not an option, do something!
Ritesh Bhoi commented
Really big bug of Microsoft teams as user can not delete entire chat history or even reset Teams Accounts.
This request is such a no-brainer. If you want to give organizations the option not to allow deleting, fine. But to leave it out an even an option is ridiculous, frankly. Once more, you force us to look into alternative products.
Hide is not really an alternative.
We need this feature. Please give us an Update regarding this.
Suphatra, it is not up to Microsoft to decide the legality of privacy and deletion for private companies.Microsoft does not have the right to hold information a customer has requested be deleted so yes, they need to allow a hard delete option, vs just hiding conversations, for legal reasons.
Is this still true? We really need this functionality....
It has been a year since we received this super unhelpful suggestion from Suphatra. People clearly want a delete option. Like every other messaging application in history has. Can we please get an update on whether Microsoft is taking this seriously or not?
Yea your try this instead is not a solution to this problem. I understand the functionality of persistent chat and chat following you between devices but we really need retention to be able to be brought down to less than 30 days, ideally 1 day or even a week. We were fully ready to cut over to teams and our legal team freaked out over the 30 day retention and they are now exploring Slack since the retention in slack chats can go down to 1 day. Is this really that difficult to implement?
Hide does not equal delete. From the admin posts it's clear MS has no desire to fix this. Guess people will stop using it.
Fix this asap! Still not able to delete a full private chat history...