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:
- Delete your own messages anywhere in Teams.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
Thank you for your votes and comments on this feature. The team is in the process of finalizing designs for deleting private chat threads. I will update as we have more progress to share.
"finalising designs" - 6 months ago.
Why, oh WHY, is everything at MS so glacially SLOW? Except when it comes to marketing bells and whistles or being forced to keep up with the opposition....?
We NEED to be able to delete posts that we don't want any more!
I agree with a delete function
I think MS-Team should have a feature to keep or delete option.
If we could auto archive or work like Skype sending messages to outlook that would work for me.
[Deleted User] commented
Why it takes so long? It is really unbelievable.
While I would also like to delete chats, some of the commenters who mention being able to delete chats in other applications seem to be unaware of the permanence of electronic communication. Microsoft has chosen to make Teams transparent in this manner. If a user sends communication, that user will always be able to access it since whichever server is hosting it will always be able to access it. "Deleting" the communication in most other apps is really only hiding it without the ability for the user to ever get it back.
For those who are simply looking to clean up their communication, hiding is what accomplishes this. Hiding can be made better by allowing the user to hide portions of any given conversation.
Please get it done and advise about the status!
Any update on this?
We have to fulfill GDPR! This can't be so complicated!
We require a chat delete for 100% removal of items, provided for deleting all chats in bulk, with no copy stored anywhere. Note that we are currently using another software because Teams does not provide this privacy component.
It doesn’t work! Please add a simple delete feature!! The chat list is disaster now!
I vote to delete chat and history on Teams. Should be easy (right click gives a Delete option... that works).
Get it done! The only reason for storing this data...and the delay in solving this... is that MS will have all data stored on their servers, mine our data and sell it....
That is why we never get an update on this and it will never be installed.
It is a shame but what can we expect from MS....
What options do we have outside TEAMS?
In terms of deleting messages, one of the most important things Teams should have is, from the admin panel, the admin should be able to decide if individual messages can be deleted.
E.g: there are moments when a user might type some abusive comment and then delete it. and there wont be any evidence to provide regarding this.
having the option to disable comment deletion, or to only allow deletion within the first 5mins, would prevent such issues, at least to a certain degree.
I vote to delete chat and history on Teams
+1 vote to add delete chat history on ms teams.
Ross Snowden commented
This really make3s we want to scrap Teams for good. Everything has become so cluttered with my users, and as an admin I need to be able to tidy things up for the staff.
S. Loggins commented
After all this time, I thought OK maybe this will end up being useful as a search repository since my every thought since March has been stone carved into history! But searching for a keyword is a laborious process that stalls and causes the entire app to lock up. Could it be because the search is interrogating millions of irrelevant conversations that could have otherwise been removed?
Someone needs to comment on this, or just say the answer is no. What is the hold up here?
eric mcbride commented
Can we discuss this some more?
..everybody on the same page?
Do you think if we actually got to work instead of sitting around discussing how we could get to work, we could...
Delete option enabled for everything, no bit for this and bit for that!!
I wonder what I should have at my elevenses??
cake? carrot? oooh carrot cake!!
..will I feel guilty, maybe a bag of crisps with the crisps removed, that would be healthy.. but no that’s litter for litter’s sake hmmm
Get my delete working snd do it NOW!!
..not tomorrow, no more meetings, no more votes, no more carrot cake, no more pie charts
(oh pie mmmm), no more referendums, no more teams meetings about teams meetings, no more of what you’ve been doing up til now.
If anyone asks, say Eric said to do it.
Have it done by 1030am tomorrow or stay home from now on.
..and don’t contact us on Teams.
eric mcbride commented
cannot delete chats??
Why is this even a conversation?
Users should have the ability to control their own device and what is stored on it.
I receive one message from a client, deal with his concern, but it’s there in front of me for eternity??
Seriously microdaft, get it sorted!!
Store the history of chats on the moon for all I care but GET IT OFF MY DEVICE.
Voting on it? Are you joking??
Those who want to keep their chats forever can do so, the rest of us want to move on to the next conversation.
Should not even be a conversation, just give us the option to delete stuff we’ve dealt with.
Great product, poorly thought out service.
ps - you have my permission to delete this message once you’ve read it 👍🏻