Convert a channel to private

If a channel's conversation is better suited for a closed audience, Owners and Admins can convert the channel to private. This type of channel is best for discussions that shouldn't be open to everyone.

Keep in mind

  • Only Workspace Owners/Admins and Org Owners/Admins can convert a channel to private, and they'll need to be a member of the channel to do so. If you're not an Owner or Admin, contact one for help.
  • The #general channel cannot be converted to a private channel.
  • Shared channels will only be converted in the workspace that makes the change.
  • Files within the channel will not become private.

Convert a channel to private

Note: It’s not possible to undo this action. Once you’ve converted a channel to private, you cannot make it public again.



  1. From your desktop, open the channel you'd like to make private. Make sure to join the channel first!
  2. Click the  gear icon in the top right.
  3. Select Additional options from the Channel Settings menu.
  4. Choose Change to a private channel. If you don't see the option to convert the channel, reach out to an Owner or Admin for help.
  5. Click Change to Private to confirm. A message will post in channel to let members know it’s been converted.

It’s not possible to convert a channel to private from the Slack iOS or Android app.

Restrict who can convert channels

By default, Owners and Admins of a workspace or org can convert channels to private (members don't have the option). If they’d prefer, Workspace and Org Owners can limit channel management preferences — including private channel conversions — to only Owners.

Who can use this feature?
  • Workspace Owners/Admins and Org Owners/Admins
  • Free, Standard, Plus, and Enterprise Grid plans