Join a channel

In a Slack workspace, work comes together in dedicated spaces called channels. Use channels to organize conversations about specific projects, subjects, or purposes. You can browse and join existing channels in your workspace. If you don't see the channel you're looking for, you can create a channel of your own.

Tip: If you've received an invitation to share a channel with an external organization, learn how to accept the invitation.

Join channels



  1. Click the  plus icon next to Channels in your left sidebar.
  2. Select Browse channels.
  3. Select a listed channel, or type a channel name in the search bar.
  4. Click Join Channel or press Enter.

If you know the name of the channel you'd like to join, type /join followed by # and the channel name in the message field and send the message.

Tip: To open the channel browser using a keyboard shortcut, press ShiftL on Mac or CtrlShiftL on Windows/Linux.

  1. Tap  Home at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Swipe right to open the main menu. 
  3. Tap  Channels to open the channel browser. 
  4. Search for a channel or select one from the list.
  5. Tap Join Channel.

Note: Multi-Channel and Single-Channel Guests can't join channels without an invitation, and they can only browse or search for channels they've joined.


What to expect 

  • You can't browse for private channels in Slack. To join, you'll need to be invited by one of the private channel's members.
  • You'll be added to the member list in the Details view of that channel.
  • The notifications you receive in a channel will depend on your preferences. If you’d like, you can adjust your channel-specific notifications at any time.
  • You can leave a channel at any time and rejoin when you need to. However, keep in mind that if you leave a private channel, you'll need to be invited back.
Who can use this feature?
  • All members except guests
  • FreeStandardPlus, and Enterprise Grid