Microsoft Teams will finally let you delete private chats, but you'll probably have to wait

Microsoft Teams Note20 On Keyboard
Microsoft Teams Note20 On Keyboard (Image credit: Dan Thorp-Lancaster / Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft Teams will have an option to delete a private chat thread in the future.
  • Right now, you can delete individual messages or hide or archive private chat threads.
  • The option has almost 20,000 upvotes on a UserVoice thread.

Microsoft has finally agreed to roll out a highly-requested feature to Microsoft Teams, the ability to delete private chat threads. At the moment, you can delete individual messages or hide or archive threads, but there's no option to completely delete a thread of private messages. That's going to change, according to a Microsoft engineer's response to a UserVoice post.

Alex from the Microsoft Teams engineering team responded to the request:

Thank you for your feedback! The team has finalized the designs for this feature request, and work is planned to begin shortly. We will share an update as soon as one is available.

The ability to delete private chat threads has received a shocking amount of upvotes. At the time of publication, almost 20,000 people have expressed their desire to delete private chat threads.

Microsoft hasn't committed to any timeframe for the feature, so it could be some time before we see it roll out to Teams. People seem to be quite passionate about the feature, as many comments complain that it isn't already available and express doubt regarding Microsoft releasing it in a timely manner.

Several people in the UserVoice thread cite legal reasons as the driving factor behind wanting to delete messages.

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2 Comments
  • This shows the state Teams is in....
  • Thank the lord, praise Jesus. How many times do you start a chat, add a person or two and really don't need that combo to hang around till Armageddon. Yes you can hide it, but it still hangs around, somewhere. Not like there is a good way to see what's hidden or archived. That would be nice too.