How to delete a file saved in Teams from your mobile

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When it comes to video conferencing, one of the best options to do it is with Microsoft Teams, as this company has a good track record in terms of the features of the programs it creates.

One of the best features Teams has to work with is that you can send messages in the chat section. Also in these chats you can attach any type of file in so you can send any information important to your contacts.


Where can you download a file before deleting it completely?

There is nothing more convenient than having the applications we use the most on our phone, like the Teams app. If you want to know how to download a file from your account before deleting it to protect it, you can do it by going to the file you want to download. There you will leave it pressed and a drop-down menu will appear where you click on «Download» so that it will be saved in your memory.


What is the process for deleting a file from Teams?

Now that you have downloaded this file to save it elsewhere, you can proceed with the deletion. This is something very simple, since it is only deleting constant use data such as activities carried out there. To remove it, you will need to log in to your Microsoft account in the privacy section and log in.

When you are there, you will find the «Activity history». In that part you will look for the »Microsoft Teams» option and then click on «Delete». This will erase all data that you sent up to that point when you are deleting it.


On the other hand, you may also want to delete some contacts from your list and you can do it from the app on your phone. You are about to enter it and press the small profile photo located at the top of the screen. Then you have to click on "Settings" and on "People", there you will see all your Teams contacts and you can click on it and delete whatever you want.


Now, to delete media files or messages that you have sent in a chat, you will need to log into that chat and you will search for this file or message that you want to delete. After finding yourself there, press and hold that message or file attachment and some options will appear from which you press «Delete» there, this file will already be deleted.

How to delete an entire folder with files from Teams?

It may be the case that you want to delete an entire folder because it contains some data that you no longer want to have on your phone, to do so you will enter the OneDrive app. It is assumed that if it is already installed  you are logged into the application. Inside you have to find the folder with the «Microsoft Teams chat files», you will leave it pressed and click on «Delete» and the action to delete the folder will be performed.

What to do if you want to recover files from a chat?

Sometimes, after deleting a file in Teams, we might want to recover it again, so we can recover it that way. You enter the Teams application and enter 'File', now click on Microsoft OneDrive. Inside you have to look for the recycle bin and in that recycle bin you can see the files you have deleted and to restore it, you leave it pressed and click 'Restore'.


Why couldn't Teams let you delete a file and how to fix it?

There are times when you won't be able to delete some folders or files from Teams and these are one of the reasons.

  • Sometimes this happens when a session is still open on another device.
  • The other reason is that the browser you entered Teams in doesn't have enough features to open all parts of Teams.
  • Cookies and cache are the cause of many errors in Teams, such as being unable to join a meeting or being unable to delete a file or document in Teams. So it is good that you delete the information of this type so that it does not cause problems
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