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.
It should be possible to delete a private chat.
This is the sole reason why my colleagues still prefer WhatsApp, Skype, and Skype for Business over Teams. I simply don't understand Microsoft's refusal to implement this feature. As long as this feature isn't enabled, my organization will not switch to Teams
Please make this happen. It's crazy that we can't delete chats and it's really needed. It helps clean up your own teams environment the same way you can clean up your email and outlook. Unless there is a technical reason that you can't make this happen please make this a priority.
Teams chat conversation is acceptable not be deleted. However, private chat should have.
I want a permanent delete solution, without the undo ability. Thanks.
Maybe it will be available in 2120
Time to play is over. Hurry up.
Gabe - IMPROVE TEAMS PLEASE commented
I can't delete an entire ******* personal chat thread from a fellow employee?
I could do this on AIM on day 1.
> I will update as we have more progress to share.
It takes 2 years (since this thread was opened) to implement a delete feature? That the whole world wants! What the heck?
Do we should start to pray for make you work on this features?
This is a desired feature since 2016!!
The ability to delete chat threads should be a very basic feature of any chat app. Please provide this functionality asap!
Maybe it will be available in 2040
maybe delete will be in the Team's app replacement in 2030?
Still no updates, no feature, just wasted time.
Please provide this functionality. ASAP.
Please do work on how to delete my activity or conversation because there are no option for delete messages or conversation and everyone can see what I am converses. You can brought delete option in Microsoft teams app by updating app. 🙏🙏🙏
Wow some sarcastic comments below which are unnecessary. Just wait til you’re on your Servicedesk having to undelete the things people have unintentionally deleted...thanks for the update.
Corporate Counsel User commented
I agree with all the folks here - deleting the chats is a serious need. Many times our company is subject to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) and that agreement may require us to delete all of a client's confidential information. If we've been using Teams to collaborate with a client and then cannot delete the conversations as a whole, we can be in breach of our NDA, which can lead to lawsuits for breach of contract and cost us time and attorneys' fees and any damages that might be due.
While I understand that there may be e-discovery issues (e.g., if I've issued a litigation hold), each company should be able to make the decision itself re: retention period. Making a worldwide decision to prohibit deletion of threads is not the solution.
Bob Randall commented
This feature is really necessary and I hope Microsoft takes it seriously. I wonder what would keep them from allowing people to delete Chat threads from their own Teams client, much like email? Is it technically not feasible due to how the platform is developed, unlike email? We need this in GCC.