Can You Delete All Discord DMs At Once?

As part of our extensive Discord coverage, we are looking at common questions are see in our mailbox or comments. One that keeps cropping up is about Direct Messages within Discord. Most often phrased something like ‘Can you delete all Discord DMs at once?’ or ‘Can you delete Discord DMs from both sides of the conversation?’


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Direct Messages on Discord work in the same as was on other social networks. A (mostly) private conversation between two or more people that won’t appear on the general text feed on a channel. They are typically between individuals but I know a couple of small businesses that use Discord to chat between home workers and freelancers. A bit like Slack only with more free features.

Direct Messages are both good and bad. They are a medium by which you can have fairly private conversations. They are also a medium where people can say things they wouldn’t usually say or don’t mean. Or they can be used inappropriately. However you use Discord, having these kinds of messages hanging around is not always a good thing.

Can you delete all Discord DMs?

Regardless of the why, can you delete all your Discord Direct Messages? Yes you can but it is a manual process and takes a little while. You have to delete each message individually, which could take some time.

  1. Log into the Discord channel you used to DM.
  2. Select Friends on the left menu and select the friend you chatting to.
  3. Select a Direct Message from the list that appears under their name.
  4. Select the three dot menu icon to the right of each message.
  5. Select Delete to remove it and Delete again to confirm.
  6. Repeat for every DM you want to delete.

To the best of my knowledge, bots cannot clear DMs so this is a manual process. Bots are added at the server and channel level while Direct Messages are on individual applications. If you have extensive lists of DMs to delete, you had better make yourself comfortable!

Can you delete Discord DMs from both sides of the conversation?

There is one huge caveat with deleting Direct Messages. You can only delete your side of the conversation. You cannot delete DMs on the other person’s side. So you can clear out your own Discord app but any DMs sent between you will remain on the other person’s app until they also delete them.

There is no way for you to delete DMs on someone else’s Discord. Even if you were the one who sent them. This is a very important point for anyone who uses this platform and ones like it. You may be able to remove the evidence from your side of the conversation but the other person will always have theirs.

There will also be a copy stored on the Discord server. This won’t be accessible to either user but it is still a copy of the conversation. You may need to bear that in mind too.

Using Discord responsibly

If you use Discord as an individual, having DMs out there you’re not particular proud of or would prefer didn’t exist can be an embarrassment. If your organization uses Discord and there are DMs out there that you would rather didn’t exist, you may have more to worry about.

There is one cardinal rule for Discord and any discourse online be it social media, SMS, email or whatever. Always bear in mind that what you say can and perhaps will be used against you. There will always be evidence of what you said and that evidence can end up in the most unlikely of places.

That doesn’t mean don’t use Discord or chat online. Nothing of the sort. It just means having that risk in the back of your mind when you’re chatting.

If you use Discord within an organization, you also need to remember that there is always a copy of the DM on the Discord servers. Discord may never look at it or even know it’s there but the evidence remains. If you get yourself tied up in something legal, it will be available for e-Discovery should it ever come to that.

Do you know of any other ways to delete all Discord DMs? To bulk delete them from the platform? Had is issues with DMs being leaked or causing trouble for you? Tell us about your experience below!