Discord is one of those chat platforms where you could easily gather thousands of people together. The voice channels can accommodate up to 5,000 users, while an infinite number of people could message in the text channels. It is definitely one of the best platforms for building communities.
However, how would a text channel look if thousands of users are messaging at the same time? It would be too hectic for anyone to read!
Fortunately, deleting messages is quite easy on Discord, and here is how you can do that:
Deleting Messages Manually
There are two ways you can get rid of messages in Discord. With the help of a bot or manually. Let’s have a look at the manual methods first.
Method 1 – Removing One Message
Start Discord, enter your server, and select a text channel. Once you get there, hover over any message, and you will see a set of icons show up on the right side of the message. Next, click on More (the three dots) and click Delete Message. This will open up a prompt to confirm your action.
This whole process can be a bit tedious, which is why you can hold down shift to immediately reveal the delete message option (small red trashcan icon) and skip the confirmation prompt.
Method 2 – Cloning Text Channel
Deleting a few messages with the aforementioned method is easy, but having to delete several dozen or hundreds of texts is next to impossible. It would take an eternity.
Fortunately, there is one option on Discord you could use to get rid of all the messages in a text channel.
Head over to Discord and right-click a text channel, and select Clone Channel. This will make an identical copy of the text channel. Everything from names, roles, users, etc., will be copied. However, messages won’t be transferred.
After the cloning process, delete the old text channel and all of the messages with it.
Keep in mind that you should use this method only if you want to delete all of the messages. There is no way to recover them after the deletion of the text channel.
Deleting Messages With A Bot
If you’d prefer another method, there’s one other great alternative. You can, of course, use a bot to delete the messages for you, which is a much easier, quicker method!
However, you will have to add the bot to your server first. Here is how you can do that:
- Choose a bot that has message purge commands (we went with MEE6).
- Next, head over to the official bot website and select Add to Discord.
- This will open up a prompt where you will need to select your server. Click on Authorize.
Following these few steps, MEE6 or any other bot you’ve chosen is now a part of your Discord server.
Enter a text channel and type !clear 100. With this command, you will delete the previous 100 messages in the channel.
Bear in mind; this is a command for MEE6. The command could be different for other bots. Usually, it is one of these three: purge, clean, clear, etc. To know for certain, you can easily type !help to see a list of commands.