Manage Slack Connect settings and permissions

Slack Connect allows your members to work with people outside of your company in channels. Keep reading to learn how owners and admins can adjust Slack Connect settings and permissions for channels shared outside your workspace or Enterprise Grid organization.

Available settings and permissions


Enable or disable permission to share channels

By default, members can work in channels with people outside your company. Owners and admins can enable or disable the option for members to share channels at any time. Keep in mind that adjusting this permission will not impact any channels that have already been shared.

Standard and Plus plans

Enterprise Grid plan

Workspace Owners and Admins can enable or disable the option to share channels for their workspace:

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration from the menu, then click Workspace settings.
  3. Click the Permissions tab.
  4. Next to Shared Channels, click Expand.
  5. Check or uncheck the box next to Enable new shared channels.
  6. Click Save.

Org Owners and Org Admins can enable or disable the option to share channels for their org:

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration from the menu, then click Organization settings.
  3.  Click Slack Connect in the left sidebar, then select Settings.
  4. Next to Channels, click Edit.
  5. Check or uncheck the box next to Enable.

Tip: If you'd like, you can stop sharing any channels that have already been shared outside of your workspace or org.


Choose who can send and accept invitations for channels

Standard and Plus plans

Enterprise Grid plan

By default, members can send and accept invitations to share channels with people from other companies. Workspace Owners and Workspace Admins can change who has this permission:

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration from the menu, then click Workspace settings.
  3. Click the Permissions tab.
  4. Next to Shared Channels, click Expand.
  5. Below Who can send and accept invitations to share a channel?, select an option.
  6. Click Save.

By default, members can send and accept invitations to share channels with people from other companies. Org Owners and Org Admins can change who has this permission:

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration from the menu, then click Organization settings.
  3. Click Slack Connect in the left sidebar, then select Settings.
  4. Next to Channels, click Edit.
  5. Below Who can request to add people to (or join) a channel using Slack Connect?, select an option.
  6. Click Save Setting.


Choose who can approve and manage channels

Standard and Plus plans

Enterprise Grid plan

By default, only Workspace Owners and Workspace Admins can manage channels that have been shared. If they'd like, they can give other people in their workspace permission to do this too:

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration from the menu, then click Workspace settings.
  3. Click the Permissions tab.
  4. Next to Shared Channels, click Expand.
  5. Below Who can approve and manage shared channels?, select an option.
  6. Click Save.

By default, only Org Owners and Org Admins can manage channels that have been shared. If they'd like, they can give other people in their org permission to do this too:

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration from the menu, then click Organization settings.
  3.  Click Slack Connect in the left sidebar, then select Settings.
  4. Next to Channels, click Edit.
  5. Below Who can approve and manage channels using Slack Connect?, select an option.
  6. Click Save Setting.


Choose where requests are sent for approval

If invitations to share channels need to be approved, you can choose where these requests are sent. By default, requests are sent to anyone with permission to approve and manage channels that have been shared via direct messages (DMs) from Slackbot, but they can be routed to a specific channel instead.

Standard and Plus plans

Enterprise Grid plan

Workspace Owners and Workspace Admins can choose where requests are sent for approval using the steps below:

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration from the menu, then click Workspace settings.
  3. Click the Permissions tab.
  4. Next to Shared Channels, click Expand.
  5. Below Where will these requests be sent?, select an option.
  6. Click Save.

Org Owners and Org Admins can choose where requests are sent for approval using the steps below. If requests are sent to a channel, it must be an org-wide channel.

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration, then click Organization settings.
  3. Click Slack Connect in the left sidebar, then select Settings.
  4. Next to Channels, click Edit.
  5. Below Where will these requests be sent?, select an option.
  6. Click Save Setting.

Tip: Requests will automatically update in the selected channel or your DM with Slackbot once someone has approved or denied them.


Manage file uploads

By default, members can upload and share files in channels and DMs with people from other companies. If they’d like, owners and admins can adjust this permission for their members. Keep in mind that adjusting this permission won't affect the ability for people outside your company to add files to these conversations.

Standard and Plus plans

Enterprise Grid plan

Workspace Owners and Workspace Admins can use the steps below to enable or disable file uploads for Slack Connect:

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration from the menu, then click Workspace settings.
  3. Click the Permissions tab.
  4. Next to Shared Channels, click Expand.
  5. Next to File uploads for Slack Connect, check or uncheck the box to manage file uploads.
  6. Click Save.

Org Owners and Org Admins can use the steps below to enable or disable file uploads in Slack Connect:

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration, then click Organization settings.
  3. Click Slack Connect in the left sidebar, then select Settings.
  4. Next to File uploads, click Edit.
  5. Check or uncheck the box next to Enable.
  6. Click Save Setting.
Who can use this feature?
  • Workspace Owners/Admins and Org Owners/Admins
  • StandardPlus, and Enterprise Grid plans