How To Delete Conversation In Slack

Slack is a hub for teamwork, where the right people and tools come together. As we use it for various communications, sometimes it becomes necessary to delete certain conversations. Whether it’s for maintaining your privacy or de-cluttering your workspace, knowing how to delete conversations in Slack can come in handy. Let’s walk through the process.

Deleting Direct Messages in Slack

To delete messages you’ve sent in a Direct Message or a private conversation, follow these steps:

  1. Move the pointer over the message and click on the More actions icon that appears.
  2. Click Delete message from the dropdown menu.
  3. Click Delete to confirm.

Note: Once a message is deleted, it’s deleted for all members of the conversation, and there isn’t a way to recover deleted messages.

Deleting Messages in Channels

If you’re looking to delete the specific messages in channels, the process is quite similar. However, this will depend on your workspace’s settings. If you have the required permissions, follow these steps:

  1. Move the pointer over the message and click on the More actions icon that appears.
  2. From the dropdown menu, select Delete message.
  3. Click Delete to confirm.

Deleting an Entire Conversation in Slack

Deleting an entire conversation in Slack isn’t directly possible. Slack retains all messages but allows you to clear your conversation history, which essentially achieves the same result. To clear a Direct Message or Group Direct Message history:

  1. Open the conversation you want to clear.
  2. Click on the More actions icon at the top of the page.
  3. Select Clear conversation history.
  4. Click on Clear history to confirm.

Remember, clearing the history will delete all visible messages but not remove the conversation from your list. You can manually leave the conversation to remove it from your list.


Slack is a powerful tool to foster collaboration and communication. However, for privacy or organization purposes, you may need to delete some conversations or messages. Remember, once a message is deleted, there’s no way to recover it, so be sure before you click that delete button!