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 coworkers with video, multi-person screen sharing, a dedicated thread for notes, and emoji reactions.

Huddle in a Slack channel with a few members who are using video and screen sharing

What to expect

  • On the free plan, huddles can have a maximum of two 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.


Start or join a huddle

 

Start a new huddle

When you start a huddle, anyone in the channel or DM will be able to join. 

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.

Note: People you invite to a huddle who are not part of the conversation will not be able to see the content in the channel or DM.


Join a huddle

If you’re invited to a huddle or it starts in a DM, you’ll see a pop-up window. You can easily join the huddle by clicking Join or click Not now if you need a few moments. When a huddle starts in a channel you're a part of, you'll see a  headphones icon next to the conversation in your 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  Home, 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: You can join a huddle from a second device by clicking or tapping Use both devices when joining.


Create links for huddles

All huddles have links people can use to join from anywhere (like a message in Slack or a calendar invitation).

Desktop

Mobile

  1. From a channel or DM on desktop, click the conversation name in the bottom left corner of your sidebar.
  2. Click  Copy huddle link, then share it wherever you’d like. The huddle will start when someone clicks the link to join.
  1. From a huddle, tap the  three dots icon
  2. Tap Copy Huddle Link, then share it wherever you'd like. 


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 from Slack on desktop or mobile.

Desktop

Mobile

Shared screens will appear in the huddles window and you can click on a coworker'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.
  1. Tap the  three dots icon in the bottom right corner of your screen. 
  2. Tap  Share Screen

Note: Drawing on screens is currently supported for the Slack desktop app for Mac and Windows.


Add reactions

You can add emoji reactions, effects, or stickers to send a signal to your coworkers 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
  • Copy the huddle link
  • Add a topic
  • Choose a huddle theme for all participants*
  • Turn on live captions†
  • Change your background
  • Manage video and microphone settings
  • Preview your video

*Only available in the huddles window. 

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

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

  • Choose a huddle theme for all participants
  • Invite people
  • Manage audio preferences
  • Turn on live captions†
  • Turn on Push-to-talk
  • Hide self view, so you won't see your own video
†Captions are currently only available in English and will not be saved once the huddle is over.

Tip: You can change your huddles notification sound in your preferences.


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

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 coworkers with video, multi-person screen sharing, a dedicated thread for notes, and emoji reactions.

Huddle in a Slack channel with a few members who are using video and screen sharing

What to expect

  • On the free plan, huddles can have a maximum of two 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.


Start, join, or invite people to a huddle

Start a new huddle

When you start a huddle, anyone in the channel or DM will be able to join. 

Desktop

Mobile

  1. Open a channel or DM.
  2. Click the  headphones icon in the conversation header. To see a larger view, click the  new window icon from the huddle in your sidebar.
  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 conversation header.
  3. If you'd like, tap the  camera icon to turn your video on.

Join a huddle

If you’re invited to a huddle or it starts in a DM, you’ll see a pop-up window. You can easily join the huddle by clicking Join or Accept. When a huddle starts in a channel you're a part of, you'll see a  headphones icon next to the conversation in your sidebar. Here's how to join:

Desktop

Mobile

  1. Open the channel or DM where the huddle is taking place. 
  2. Click the  headphones icon in the conversation header. 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  Home, 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: You can join a huddle from a second device by selecting Use both devices when joining.

Invite people to a huddle

Once you’re in a huddle, you can easily invite anyone to participate, even if they're not a part of the channel or DM where the huddle is taking place. People you invite who are not members of the channel or DM can't see the content of the conversation or huddle thread

Desktop

Mobile

  1. From a huddle, click the   three dots icon (from the huddle in your sidebar) or   gear icon (from the huddles window).
  2. Click Invite people.
  3. Select the people you’d like to invite, or search for people by name.
  4. Click Send Invites.

Note: In channels with fewer than 20 members, you can invite the whole channel to a huddle by selecting @channel when searching for people to invite.

  1. From a huddle, tap the   three dots icon.
  2. Select   Invite.
  3. Choose the people you’d like to invite, or search for people by name.
  4. Tap the   close icon in the top left when you're done.


Create links for huddles

All huddles have links people can use to join from anywhere (like a message in Slack or a calendar invitation).

Desktop

Mobile

  1. From a channel or DM, click the   arrow next to the   headphones icon in the conversation header.
  2. Select   Copy huddle link, then share it wherever you’d like. The huddle will start when someone clicks the link to join.
  1. From a huddle, tap the  three dots icon
  2. Tap Copy Huddle Link, then share it wherever you'd like. 

Tip: To find a conversation’s huddle link when there isn't an active huddle, press and hold the conversation name in the   Home tab, then tap Copy Huddle link.


Take notes in a huddle thread

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

Desktop

Mobile

  1. Click the   arrow icon or the   threads icon in the huddle window to show or hide the thread associated with the huddle.
  2. Click the   gear icon and select Add topic 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.

Tip: Share a canvas in a huddle thread to collaborate on it in real time.


Share your screen

Desktop

Mobile

Up to two people in a huddle can share their screen at a time. Shared screens will appear in the huddles window and anyone in the huddle can click on one 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.

Up to two people in a huddle can share their screen at a time:

  1. Tap the  three dots icon
  2. Tap  Share Screen

Note: Drawing on screens is currently supported for the Slack desktop app for Mac and Windows.


Add reactions

You can add emoji reactions, effects, or stickers to send a signal to your coworkers without interrupting the conversation. Reactions and effects will appear to everyone in the huddle temporarily, while stickers (like ✋ Raise hand or ☕ Be right back) will remain until you remove them.

Desktop

Mobile

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

  • Add a topic
  • Choose a huddle theme for all participants*
  • Turn on live captions†
  • Change your background
  • Manage video and microphone settings
  • Preview your video

*Only available in the huddles window. 

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

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

  • Choose a huddle theme for all participants
  • Manage audio preferences
  • Turn on Push-to-talk
  • Turn on live captions†
  • Hide self view, so you won't see your own video
†Captions are currently only available in English and will not be saved once the huddle is over.

Tip: To pin someone to the top of your huddle view, tap their video and select Pin Participant.

Note: You can change your huddles notification sound in your preferences.


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

From the channel or DM where the huddle is taking place, click Leave.

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