Make calls in Slack

Sometimes it helps to talk things out. With Slack Calls, you can make a voice or video call with any member of your workspace. 📞 📹

Note: Slack Calls can only be used to make calls within Slack for your desktop and mobile devices. To call another person with Slack Calls, make sure you're a part of the same workspace.

 

Start a call 

On any plan, a member can start a call with one other member via a direct message (DM). To start a call from a group DM or a channel, a workspace must be on one of our paid plans. For calls with more than two people, there can be a total of 15 participants.

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From a direct message

  1. Open a direct message.
  2. Click the  phone icon at the top right.
  3. Your call will start right away, and the member you're calling will receive a pop-up notification.

    You can also click the   camera icon to start a video call and share your screen if your workspace is on a paid plan.

Note: If using Do Not Disturb, the member you're calling will see a missed call notification in a direct message.


From a channel

  1. Open a channel and click the  phone icon at the top right.
  2. Your call will post to the channel and any member (up to 15 total) can join by clicking Join this call.

    You can also click the   camera icon to start a video call and share your screen if your workspace is on a paid plan.

    When you start a call in a channel with more than 100 members, Slack will confirm this is the action you want to perform before the call starts.

Tip: Use an @here or @channel mention to notify channel members before or after you start the call.

  1. Tap the channel or direct message name to open the channel or conversation info.
  2. Tap Start a call.
  1. Tap the channel or direct message name to open the channel or conversation info.
  2. Tap Start a call.

Note: Need a shortcut for making calls? We've got a slash command for that! Use /call in a DM or channel to start a call.

 

Share and invite others to a call

If you're a member of a workspace on a paid plan, you can share calls in channels and invite others to join them.

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Invite other members to a call

To invite a specific member to join your current call, follow these steps:

  1. Click the  invite icon in the upper-right corner of the call window.
  2. Start typing a member's name to filter the list.
  3. Select a member to invite.

If you'd like to share a call in other channels, here's how:

  1. Click the  invite icon in the upper-right corner of the call window.
  2. Click Share this call.
  3. Click Copy link
  4. Post the call link to a channel. 
  1. Tap Invite.
  2. Tap the names of the people you'd like to invite to the call.
  3. Tap Invite again.
  1. Tap the   Add user icon.
  2. Tap the names of the people you'd like to invite to the call.
  3. Tap Invite again.

 

Join a call

Answer a direct message call

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When another member calls you in a one-to-one or group DM, you'll see a pop-up call notification. Click the green  phone icon to answer the call.

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Tap the  check mark icon to answer the call when your screen is unlocked, or the  arrow icon when your screen is locked.
  1. Tap Answer from the pop-up notification or on the call message in the direct message.
  2. Tap the   phone icon.

Join a channel call

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Android

Click Join this call from the in-channel invitation. A call window will open where you can see who else is on the call, and who is speaking.Help_Center_Join_a_channel_call.png

 

Tap Join this call from the channel where the call is taking place.
Tap Join this call from the channel where the call is taking place.

Sometimes it helps to talk things out. With Slack calls, you can make a voice or video call to any member of your workspace.

Note: Slack calls can only be used to make calls within Slack to other members of your workspace.

What to expect

  • On any plan, a member can start a call with one other member from a direct message (DM)
  • A workspace must be on one of Slack's paid plans to start a call from a group DM or a channel.
  • Video calls are only available on your desktop.
  • Calls can have a maximum of 15 participants. 
  • If a Workspace Owner or Admin has set a default calling app for your workspace, your call may start in another app.

Tip: For a list of keyboard shortcuts you can use to make calls, visit Slack calls: the basics.


Start a call

Desktop

iOS 

Android

From a direct message

  1. Open a DM and click the  phone icon in the top right corner.
  2. Your call will start right away and the member you're calling will receive a pop-up notification.
  3. If your workspace is on the Standard, Plus, or Enterprise Grid plan, you can click the   camera icon to switch to a video call and share your screen once your call starts.

Note: If the member you're calling has Do Not Disturb on, they'll see a missed call notification in the direct message.


From a channel

  1. Open a channel and click  Details in the top right.
  2. Click  Call, then select Start Call to confirm.
  3. Slack will post a message to the channel. Up to 15 members can join by clicking the Join button.
  4. If your workspace is on the Standard, Plus, or Enterprise Grid plan, you can click the   camera icon to switch to a video call and share your screen once your call starts.

Tip: Type the /call slash command into the message field in a channel or DM to start a call.

From a direct message

  1. Open a DM and tap  Details in the top right.
  2. Tap  Call [member’s name].

From a channel

  1. Open a channel and tap  Details in the top right.
  2. Tap  Start a Call.
  3. Choose a name for your call if you'd like. Then, tap Start.

From a direct message

  1. Open a DM and tap  Details in the top right.
  2. Tap  Start a call.

From a channel

  1. Open a channel and tap  Details in the top right.
  2. Tap  Start a call.
  3. Choose a name for your call if you'd like. Then, tap Start.

 

Invite others to a call

If your workspace is on the Standard, Plus, or Enterprise Grid plan, you can invite others to join a call you’re already participating in.

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Android

On desktop, you can invite members directly from the call you’re on, or share a link to the call by sending it in a channel or DM.

Invite other members to a call

  1. Click the   Invite icon in the top left corner of the call window.
  2. Search for and select the members you’d like to invite to the call.
  3. Click Invite.

Share a call link

  1. Click the  Invite icon in the top left corner of the call window.
  2. Click Copy Link (you'll see this below Or get a link to this call).
  3. Share the call link by sending a message to a channel or DM.
  1. From the call you're on, tap the  Invite icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap the names of the people you'd like to invite to the call.
  3. Tap Invite.
  1. From the call you're on, tap the  Invite icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap the names of the people you'd like to invite to the call.
  3. Tap Invite.

 

Join a call

Answer a call in a DM

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iOS

Android

When another member calls you in a direct message, you'll see a pop-up notification. Click the green  phone icon to answer the call.

When another member calls you in a direct message, you’ll see a pop-up call notification. Tap the phone icon (or slide the  arrow icon if your screen is locked) to answer the call.

  1. Tap Answer from a call's pop-up notification or on the call message posted in a DM.
  2. Tap the   phone icon.

Join a channel call

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. Click Join from the in-channel invitation . A call window will open where you can see who else is on the call and who is speaking.
  2. If your workspace is on the Standard, Plus, or Enterprise Grid plan, you can click the   camera icon to switch to a video call and share your screen.Help_Center_Join_a_channel_call.png

     

Tap Join from the in-channel invitation.
Tap Join from the in-channel invitation.

Tip: If you ever need some extra help with Slack’s call features, visit Troubleshoot Slack calls.