Deleting and Recalling Messages

mesibo offers a rich set of APIs for deleting, wiping, recalling or editing messages. These APIs can be utilized in various ways depending on your app logic, for example:

  • Invoking the delete or wipe message API when a user taps to remove a message.
  • Leveraging the message retraction APIs when a user wants to retract or modify a sent message.
  • Sending disappearing messages that will be deleted after set intervals.
  • Scheduling regular cleanup on app start by wiping old, unwanted messages that are no longer relevant.
  • Deleting messages when user is blocked or unmatched.

There are different types of deletion:

  • Deleting individual or multiple messages by message ID.
  • Deleting messages for a particular user or group.
  • Deleting messages older than a specified time.
  • Wiping messages instead of deleting.

In this document, we describe local deletion APIs. Refer to separate sections for message retraction APIs and disappearing messages API.

Deleting an Individual Message

You can delete an individual message by calling delete() or wipe() API of the message.


You can wipe and mark the message as deleted instead of deleting by calling:


Deleting Multiple Messages

You can delete multiple messages at once by calling one of the following APIs:

// Delete specific message IDs

// Delete messages older than timestamp (milliseconds)

// Delete messages older than duration (seconds)
msgidsmessage IDs to be deleted
timestampDelete messages older than this timestamp (milliseconds)
secondsDelete messages older than this duration (seconds)

Deleting Messages for a User or a Group

You can also delete messages for a specific user or group using the MesiboProfile API:

// Delete all messages

// Delete messages older than timestamp

// Delete messages older than duration

The timestamp and duration parameters work the same as above.

Clearing All Messages

When you delete all messages of a user or a group messages using deleteMessages(), that user or group will no longer appear in the message summary. If you are not familiar with message summary, please refer to reading messages, the message summary is the last message from all the users sorted by the timestamp.

If you want the user or group to still show up in the summary, use clearMessages() instead. This deletes all messages like deleteMessages(), but additionally reserves an empty message that will be returned in the summary.

// Clear messages and keep user/group in summary

// Clear with custom timestamp

The reserved empty message has a default timestamp to maintain position. But you can specify a custom timestamp:

0Keep original timestamp
1Set max timestamp to move to top
2Set min timestamp to move to bottom
Other valueSet custom timestamp (truncated between min/max)

The reserved empty message has the status field set to MESIBO_MSGSTATUS_EMPTY which you can use to identify this special empty message.