Deleting Messages on Discord: What Really Happens?

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Written by: Alex Popa


Deleting Messages on Discord: What Really Happens?

Are you wondering what happens when you delete a message on Discord? Does it only get deleted on your end? Does it get deleted for the other person too?

Deleting a Discord message deletes it for everyone, whether it’s a private or public chat on a server. No one will be able to see it.

Except for people who are using notification-saving applications. Those people may still see your message even if you delete it.

Read below to learn more about what happens when you delete a message on Discord!

Summary: In this article, I explain that deleting a message on Discord will unsend it and delete it for everyone in the chat. 

However, people using notification-saving apps may still be able to see the deleted message. I provide information on what notification-saving apps are and how they work. 

Remember, when you delete a message on Discord, it is gone for good and cannot be recovered.

Does Deleting Discord Messages Unsend Them?

Yes, that’s right. Deleting a Discord message will unsend them. It’s as if you never sent a message in the first place.

The other person will also not receive a notification that you’ve deleted the message. However, they will receive a notification that you sent a message.

If the other person is around, they’ll get to read the notification before you have time to delete the message. And if they have a notification-saving app, they’ll be able to read your message long after you’ve deleted it.

Fortunately, 99% of Discord users don’t have notification-saving apps so that you can relax.

Unending messages on Discord tell Discord to delete your message from its servers. No one will be able to see the messages anymore.

Not even a server owner can see deleted messages. Even the chat logs don’t retain deleted messages, staying in line with Discord’s statement that “once a message is deleted, it is gone for good.”

What Are Notification-Saving Apps?

Notification-saving apps replace your regular notification bar. So, any notifications you receive will be received by the app automatically.

When you need to see your notifications, you open the app and have a list of the most recent notifications.

These apps also allow you to read messages that others have deleted. Because the notifications are indefinite, you can read deleted messages anytime.

NotiSave: Notification Saver is an app you can download from Google Play. It works fine on Android phones and will save all incoming notifications, including ones from Discord.

But like I said, few people know about these apps, and far fewer use them.

As for how to delete messages on Discord, it’s very simple:

  • Right-click on the message you want to delete
  • Select “Delete Message
  • Select “Delete” to confirm

Alternatively, you can right-click the message, hold Shift and click on “Delete Message“. This will bypass the confirmation needed to delete the message.


To summarize, deleting messages on Discord will unsend them, which means they will also be deleted from the other person’s device.

However, people may still read the message in the notification bar in some cases. People using notification-saving apps will also see your deleted messages whenever they want to.

Comment down below if you have questions about this feature on Discord and if you have first-hand experience reading deleted Discord messages through notifications.

Until then, stay tuned for my other articles about Discord!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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