Use huddles in Slack

Who can use this feature?

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), invite specific people to join, and share your screen to work side-by-side with your team. 

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What to expect

  • Huddles can have up to 50 participants, and anyone in a conversation can join a huddle once it starts. When a huddle starts in a DM, all members will receive an invitation.
  • When you join a huddle from the Slack desktop app or Slack in a browser, you can share your screen and turn on live captions. Captions in huddles are only available in English, but we plan to offer more languages in the future.
  • Security policies for Slack calls also apply to huddles.

Note: Google Chrome and Firefox are the only browsers that support huddles.


Start or join a huddle

Start a new huddle

Desktop

Mobile

  1. Open a channel or DM.
  2. Click the  headphones toggle in the bottom left corner of your sidebar or press ShiftH (Mac) or CtrlShiftH (Windows/Linux).
  1. Open a channel or DM.
  2. Tap the  antenna icon in the top right corner of the screen.

Tip: You can invite people to huddles in group DMs or channels they’re not a part of. They’ll be able to join the huddle, but will not be able to see the name of a private channel or access the content in the conversation.


Accept a huddle invitation

Desktop

Mobile

When you receive a huddle invitation, a notification sound will play and you'll see the invitation at the bottom of your sidebar. Click the Join button to accept.

Slack desktop app sidebar showing an invitation to a huddle in the Sales channel from Lee Hao

Tap the banner notification at the top of your screen, or tap Join from the invitation.

Slack mobile app showing an invitation to a huddle in the Sales channel from Lee Hao with buttons to dismiss or join


Join an active 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. 
  1. From the  Home tab, tap the  antenna icon next to a channel or DM. 
  2. Tap Join


Take actions in a huddle

Once you've joined a huddle, here's what you can do:

  •   Mute or unmute yourself
  •  Share your screen on desktop
  •  Add people to the huddle

To view live captions, click the name of the person who’s talking. Click the   three dots icon, then select Turn on captions.

Tip: Use ShiftSpace (Mac) or CtrlShiftSpace (Windows/Linux) to quickly mute or unmute from your desktop.


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 the  headphones toggle at the bottom left corner of your sidebar or press ShiftH (Mac) or CtrlShiftH (Windows/Linux).

  1. From the channel or DM where the huddle is taking place, tap the  antenna icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap Leave.