Use huddles in Slack

Recreate the quick, informal discussions you’d have in the office right in Slack. You can start a huddle in any channel or direct message (DM) to work in real time alongside your teammates with video, multi-person screen sharing, a dedicated thread for notes, and emoji reactions.

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What to expect

  • On the free plan, huddles can have a maximum of 2 participants. On paid plans, huddles can have up to 50 participants.
  • Huddles are available on the Slack desktop and mobile apps, Google Chrome (Mac/Windows/Linux), and Firefox (Mac/Windows).

Tip: You can always choose to leave your camera off for an audio-only huddle.

Note: We're rolling our new huddles coworking features out gradually. We appreciate your patience as we make them available to everyone.


Start or join a huddle

Start a new huddle

When you start a huddle, anyone in the conversation will be able to join. You can also invite anyone to participate, whether they’re a part of the conversation or not.

Desktop

Mobile

  1. Open a channel or DM.
  2. Click the  headphones toggle in the bottom left corner of your sidebar. To see a larger view of the huddle, click the  new window icon.
  3. If you'd like, click the  camera icon to turn your video on.
  1. Open a channel or DM.
  2. Tap the  headphones icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. If you'd like, tap the  camera icon to turn your video on.


Join a huddle

When a huddle has started in a channel or DM you're a part of, you'll see a blue  antenna icon next to the conversation in your left sidebar. Here's how to join:

Desktop

Mobile

  1. Open the channel or DM where the huddle is taking place. 
  2. Click the  headphones toggle at the bottom of your sidebar. To see a larger view of the huddle, click the  new window icon.
  3. If you'd like, click the  camera icon to turn your video on.
  1. From the  Home tab, tap the  headphones icon next to a channel or DM. 
  2. Tap Join
  3. If you'd like, tap the  camera icon to turn your video on.

Tip: If you receive a huddle invitation, you’ll see the invitation at the bottom of your sidebar. You can click Join to accept.


Take notes in a huddle thread

When you open a huddle window, you’ll see a dedicated message thread to share notes, links, and files during the discussion.

Desktop

Mobile

  1. Click the  threads icon to show or hide the thread associated with the huddle.
  2. Click  Add a topic in the top-left corner of the huddles window to update the header that will display with your thread in the conversation.

Tap the  threads icon to show the thread associated with the huddle.


Share your screen

Up to two people in a huddle can share their screen at the same time. Shared screens will appear in the huddles window and you can click on a teammate's screen to enlarge it or click the  pencil icon to draw on it.

  1. Click the  share screen icon.
  2. Select a screen, window, or application to share.

Note: You can only share your screen from your desktop, but can view shared screens from your desktop and mobile devices.


Add reactions

You can add emoji reactions, effects, or stickers to send a signal to your teammates without interrupting the conversation. Reactions and effects will appear to everyone in the huddle temporarily, while stickers will remain until you remove them.

Desktop

Mobile

  1. Click the  emoji icon.
  2. Click the Reactions, Effects, or Stickers tab to make a selection.
  1. Tap the  emoji icon.
  2. Tap the Reactions, Effects, or Stickers tab to make a selection.


Take other actions in a huddle

Desktop

Mobile

Once you’re in a huddle, you can click the   three dots icon (from the huddle in your sidebar) or   gear icon (from the huddles window) to access more actions and settings:

  • Invite people
  • Manage camera, microphone and speaker preferences
  • Change your video background
  • Choose a huddle theme for all participants*
  • Turn on live captions†

*Only available in the huddles window. 

†Captions are currently only available in English and will not be saved once the huddle is over.

Once you’re in a huddle, you can tap the   three dots icon to access more actions and settings:

  • Invite people
  • Manage camera, microphone and speaker preferences
  • Turn on live captions†
†Captions are currently only available in English and will not be saved once the huddle is over.

Tip: You can invite people to huddles whether they’re a part of the conversation or not. They’ll be able to join the huddle, but won’t have access to the content in the conversation.


Leave a huddle

Anyone can leave a huddle at any time, including the person who started it. Huddles will automatically end when the last person leaves.

Desktop

Mobile

Click Leave from the huddles window or the  headphones toggle in the bottom left corner of your sidebar.

  1. From the channel or DM where the huddle is taking place, tap Leave or the  headphones icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap Leave.
Who can use this feature?
  • All members and guests
  • Available on all plans