Manage Slack Connect settings and permissions

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

Available settings and permissions


Enable or disable Slack Connect for 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 Workspace 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.
  6. Click Save Setting.

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. Workspace Owners and Workspace Admins can change who has 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. Org Owners and Org Admins can change who has 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 approve requests to share channels and manage channels that have been shared. If they'd like, they can give other people in their workspace this permission 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 approve requests to share channels and manage channels that have been shared. If they'd like, they can give other people in their org this permission 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 to share channels are sent

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 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.


Enable or disable Slack Connect for DMs

Slack Connect allows your members to communicate in DMs with people outside your company, providing an easy way to work with external partners when they’re not sharing channels together. To send DMs to one person from another organization, members will need to either send or accept an invitation. Once it’s accepted, they can begin exchanging messages, just like with other DMs in Slack.

Note: Members will soon have the ability to use Slack Connect for DMs. If they’d like, owners and admins can adjust the settings and permissions below before this feature is released.

Standard and Plus plans

Enterprise Grid plan

By default, members can send DMs to people outside their organization. Workspace Owners and Workspace Admins can enable or disable this option 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 Slack Connect for direct messages, click Expand.
  5. Check or uncheck the box next to Enable Slack Connect for direct messages.
  6. Click Save.

By default, members can send DMs to people outside their organization. Org Owners and Org Admins can enable or disable this option 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 Direct messages, click Edit.
  5. Check or uncheck the box next to Enable.
  6. Click Save.


Choose who can send and accept invitations for DMs

Standard and Plus plans

Enterprise Grid plan

By default, members can send and accept invitations to DM people from other organizations. Workspace Owners and Workspace Admins can change who has 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 Slack Connect for direct messages, click Expand.
  5. Below Who can send and accept DM invitations?, select an option.
  6. Click Save.

By default, members can send and accept invitations to DM people from other organizations. Org Owners and Org Admins can change who has 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 Direct messages, click Edit.
  5. Below Who can send and accept invitations to direct message people outside your organization?, select an option.
  6. Click Save


Allow or restrict DM invitations from unverified organizations

Standard and Plus plans

Enterprise Grid plan

By default, members can accept invitations to send DMs to any organization. If they’d like, owners and admins can restrict this permission and only allow members to accept invitations from verified organizations:

  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 Slack Connect for direct messages, click Expand.
  5. Below Allow direct message invitations from unverified organizations, check or uncheck the box next to Enable for Slack Connect.
  6. Click Save.
By default, members can only accept invitations to send DMs to verified organizations. If they’d like, owners and admins can change this permission and allow members to accept invitations from any organization:
  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 Direct messages, click Edit.
  5. Below Allow members to accept DM invitations from unverified organizations, check or uncheck the box next to Enable.
  6. Click Save.

Note: Keep in mind that adjusting this permission will not impact members' ability to send DM invitations to unverified organizations.


Manage file uploads in channels and DMs

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 for 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