How To Delete Other People’s Messages On Microsoft Teams

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Have you found yourself in a circumstance where you desired the ability to remove another individual’s message on Microsoft Teams? It’s possible that you made an error while typing a message and quickly regretted clicking the send button, or maybe a colleague mistakenly shared confidential information with the incorrect recipient. Whatever the scenario may be, I am available to assist you with the steps of erasing others’ messages on Microsoft Teams.


Before we proceed, I want to make it clear that deleting other people’s messages on Microsoft Teams should only be done in exceptional circumstances and with proper authorization. It is important to respect privacy and maintain a collaborative and inclusive environment. Deleting messages without valid reasons can be a violation of trust and may lead to serious consequences.

Step 1: Understanding Message Deletion Permissions

Deleting other people’s messages on Microsoft Teams is only possible if you have the appropriate permissions. By default, only a Team owner or a member with moderator rights can delete other people’s messages.

If you are a Team owner or have been granted moderator rights, you can proceed to the next step. If not, you will need to contact your Team owner or administrator and explain the situation to request their assistance.

Step 2: Locating the Message

Once you have the necessary permissions, locate the message you want to delete. You can do this by navigating to the channel or chat where the message was sent. Scroll through the conversation or use the search bar to find the specific message.

Step 3: Deleting the Message

To delete someone else’s message on Microsoft Teams, follow these steps:

  1. Hover your cursor over the message you want to delete.
  2. Click on the More options (ellipsis) icon that appears on the right-hand side of the message.
  3. Select the Delete option from the dropdown menu.
  4. Confirm the deletion by clicking on the Delete button.

After deleting the message, it will be removed from the conversation for all participants. However, please note that Team owners and administrators may still have access to deleted messages through audit logs or other monitoring systems.

Step 4: Informing the Team

After deleting someone else’s message, it is important to communicate with the team and provide an explanation for your actions. Transparency is key to maintaining trust and ensuring a positive team dynamic. Explain the reason behind the deletion and reassure team members that you are committed to creating a safe and respectful environment.


Deleting other people’s messages on Microsoft Teams is a feature limited to Team owners and members with moderator rights. It should be used responsibly and only when absolutely necessary. Remember, privacy and trust are essential in any collaborative environment. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to delete someone else’s message, follow the steps outlined in this article while keeping the well-being of your team in mind.