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.
Ad-hoc and just chat to connect that have no value added to team projects should not be tracked and chat owner should be able to delete them. Please add this function. .
Alex (Teams Engineering, Microsoft Teams) responded · June 09, 2020
Today is 13 July ....
Bianca Cardoso Santana commented
I agree! Chat and room messages should have the potion to be deleted back, I don't know why that function disappeared in Teams, and messages when deleted should be deleted for EVERYONE, I don't like that in Teams, it NEEDS change please for security and privacy ...
Can't wait for this feature to come out next decade! Come on guys, this is a basic function, it's not hard. An update more than once every six months would be cool too.
Do people at Microsoft work, sometimes?
Barry Ling commented
I think MS wants to let our bosses (maybe the big G) monitor us
I dont understand why this basic feature for deleting the whole private chat log is missing and not being considered to add when many of us needing it.
I was invited to one occurrence of a meeting in a meeting series - after months, I'm still getting chat messages when the meeting starts or if anyone chats in the meeting. This was a meeting with higher leadership that I was sitting in on in one meeting while my manager was out sick. I should not still get messages in the chat from these meetings. I should have the ability to delete the chat since I'm not part of any of the meeting after the special one time participation. This could be a security issue.
This feature would not delete the chat entirely for everyone, but it would remove it from my chat. Think of how text messages are done on your phone, you can delete it but the other person may decide to keep it.
If I could delete the chat from the one meeting I went to, everyone else would still see their chats...and they don't pertain to me any more, so I shouldn't have my chat feed filled with things that I don't need or want to see. Again...could be a security issue.
Seeing that this is going into one ear and going out the other for Microsoft, maybe we can start sharing the other vendors tools here. Maybe our leads will read this and decide to DITCH MS and go for another tool. Often with MS, users use what they GET. In most markets USERS dictate what they WANT/NEED and vendors who want to be successful in keeping their customers happy, offer the feature. This is basic.
Our office used to use another tool to chat amongst our colleges. Since some of us work remote, it was also used by the leads to manage/verify who is "ON" for supervisory reasons. With the tool the only people who could see you were "ON" was your contacts. With MS Tools, I have received "GUESTS" and I have NO IDEA who they are, which is unacceptable. I can see when they are "ON" because their light is green - which implies they can see ME if I am on/off/busy, etc. I do cyber work and I just feel that this is a Privacy issue. I can HIDE/MUTE them, but I don't know if that HIDES/MUTES me to them. I don't want the ability to DELETE chats or PEOPLE, but we should have a feature that allows us privacy from those whom we do not know.
The ability to delete chat threads should be a very basic feature of any chat app. Please increase the priority of this issue. Thank you.
We are being forced onto Teams at my work. There is a lot of functionality, BUT the biggest problem is that chats don't go away. We have used Lync successfully for quick little comments or questions and don't need an entire history of our chats. it's really perplexing that you cannot delete a chat. Again, lots of other functions that are good, but simply being able to delete chats so they don't accumulate would be great. I am hoping this is a feature soon as we will be losing Lync very soon. Right now we have both on our system and people are choosing Lync over Teams. That should tell you something. At least for what we use it for, we don't need to save chats. Thanks.
I am a attendee in my school account. Mistakely my little sister pressed the wrong message button and said 'OK' so it spread as maam disabled or not allowed to chat. And my admin has disabled Edit or Delete button. What do I do?
One month and no further updates available.
A startup of students is more efficient than Microsoft.
Looking forward Admin for this feature. Wishlist is to have the options of 'clear all' and 'delete item-by-item' in the history. Thanks.
Please add this function. We need that @Microsoft
It would be a good addition to include "Delete private chat" option in microsoft teams as it is often being searched for and it is one of the most common options we go for
Katie Ward commented
Really looking forward to being able to delete chats within Teams. To me, it’s like having 30 apps on your phone open at once. It drives me crazy!
Janez Slovenc commented
I can't believe you have not managed to make this in 3 years, since the first comment. Sad.
This violates GDPR European law... is a must!