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Deleting Approvals

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Am about to start using the Approvals app in Teams. In the course of setting it up and demonstrating the process I have accumulated a number of "test" approvals. I cannot see how I can remove these approvals so they are not cluttering up the list when we start using this process in real work. My Internet searches on the topic have not provided any useful information. Is it possible to delete them?

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best response confirmed by dBrent (Occasional Contributor)
Hello, sorry not possible to delete "bot messages" in Teams just yet. But at least it's on the backlog..

@ChristianBergstrom Thank you for the response. I do appreciate knowing at least.

Hey, just a heads-up on the topic. There’s a bit cumbersome workaround including enabling team owners to delete all messages (teams messaging policy). If it’s not disabled by an admin and the default team setting is enabled, a checkbox under team settings, you should be able to delete them. Haven’t verified it but heard another member do it this way instead of waiting for the above UV request. Perhaps worth a shot?
Ok. I'll look into it. Thanks.

@dBrent did you manage to delete those 'test' items finally. 
I have recently started using Approvals and have the same issue.
Thanks in advance

@dcoxgeraldcom unfortunately I have not yet seen an option to delete approvals.
Hello, you can delete the approval bot post if you are an owner of the team with the team setting "owners can delete all messages" checked. This option can be made visible by an administrator using Teams policies. Either per Team or User. I actually just now set up a new Teams org. incl. new teams and the above setting is not turned on by default.
Thank you @ChristianJBergstrom. This is true, and helpful, but doing so does not delete the approval from the actual Approvals app. This was the concern of my original post.
Oh, sorry about that. I tend to answer too many questions sometimes and get confused! I actually noticed my previous account already had the proper answer to this one then :D