Set a conversation topic or channel description

Add topics and descriptions to your conversations in Slack to let people know what's being discussed. 

Note: Topics and descriptions can be up to 250 characters long and include emoji. ✨


Add or edit a conversation topic

Any member of a channel or direct message (DM) can add or edit a conversation topic. Topics are visible in the conversation header.

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. From your desktop, open a channel or DM.
  2. Click the conversation name in the conversation header.
  3. Hover over Topic and click Edit.
  4. Enter a topic, then click Save.
  1. Open a channel or DM.
  2. Tap the conversation name in the conversation header.
  3. Tap Edit
  4. Tap the Current Topic field and enter your new topic.
  5. Tap Done
  1. Open a channel or DM.
  2. Tap the conversation name in the conversation header.
  3. Tap Edit
  4. Tap the Topic field and enter your new topic. 
  5. Tap Save


Add or edit a channel description

Any member of a channel can add or edit a description to let people know what the channel is used for. Descriptions are visible when viewing channel details, or when searching for channels on your desktop.

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. From your desktop, open a channel.
  2. Click the channel name in the channel header.
  3. Hover over Description and click Edit.
  4. Enter a channel description, then click Update Description.
  1. Open a channel.
  2. Tap the channel name in the channel header.
  3. Tap Edit.
  4. Tap the Purpose field and add your description.
  5. Tap Done
  1. Open a channel.
  2. Tap the channel name in the channel header.
  3. Tap Edit
  4. Tap the Purpose field and add your description. 
  5. Tap Save.
Who can use this feature?
  • All members (but not guests)
  • Available on all plans