Create audio and video clips in Slack

Share audio and video clips in Slack to communicate easily with your team, regardless of their time zone or location. Anyone in a channel or direct message (DM) can play clips, and reply in thread with a clip of their own.

Tip: Use our ideas and templates to show off your work, share an update, or give kudos to your team in a clip.


Record a clip

You can record video and audio clips up to five minutes long from Slack on your desktop or mobile device.

Record a video clip

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. From a channel or DM, click the  camera icon in the message field. 
  2. Click Record. Click Share Screen and select a window.
  3. When you’re finished, click Stop Recording and  select a thumbnail.
  4. Click Done and add a message if you’d like.
  5. Click the  paper plane icon to send your clip.

Customize your video clip

  •  Turn your camera on or off.
  •   Mute or unmute yourself.
  •  Blur your background or upload a background image. 
  •   Select a different camera or microphone.
  •   Upload an existing video as a clip.
  1. Open a channel or DM and tap the message field.
  2. Tap the  plus icon and select Record a Video Clip.
  3. Tap the Record button.
  4. When you’re finished recording, tap the Record button again, then tap Use Video.
  5. Add a message if you’d like, then tap the  paper plane icon to send your clip.
  1. Open a channel or DM and tap the message field.
  2. Tap the  plus icon and select Record a Video Clip.
  3. Tap the Record button.
  4. When you’re finished recording, tap the Record button again, then tap Attach.
  5. Add a message if you’d like, then tap the  paper plane icon to send your clip.

Tip: Closed captions are available for all video clips.

Record an audio clip

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. From a channel or DM, click the microphone icon in the message field to start recording.
  2. When you’re finished, click the  check mark to stop recording.
  3. Add a message if you’d like, then click the  paper plane icon to send your clip.
  1. Open a channel or DM and tap the message field.
  2. Tap the  microphone icon to start recording.
  3. When you’re finished, tap the  check mark to stop recording.
  4. Add a message if you’d like, then tap the  paper plane icon to send your clip.
  1. Open a channel or DM and tap the message field.
  2. Tap the  microphone icon to start recording.
  3. When you’re finished, tap the  check mark button to stop recording.
  4. Add a message if you’d like, then tap the  paper plane icon to send your clip.


Delete a clip

If you have permission to edit or delete messages, you can delete clips you’ve recorded.

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. Hover over a clip and click the  three dots icon.
  2. Click Delete clip.
  3. Click Yes, Delete This Clip.

Delete a video clip

  1. Tap the clip, then tap the  three dots icon.
  2. Tap  Delete.
  3. Tap Yes, Delete Clip.


Delete an audio clip

  1. Tap and hold the clip.
  2. Tap  Delete, then tap Yes, Delete Clip.

Delete a video clip

  1. Tap the clip, then tap the  three dots icon.
  2. Tap Delete.
  3. Tap Delete again.


Delete an audio clip

  1. Tap and hold the clip.
  2. Tap Delete, then tap Delete again.

Note: Clips follow the same retention policy as other messages in Slack.


Troubleshoot recording issues

If you’re having trouble with audio or video when recording clips, read on to learn how to troubleshoot some common issues.

Check audio input sources

If audio isn’t working when you record, go to your audio and video preferences in the Slack desktop app.

  1. From your desktop, click your profile picture in the top right.
  2. Select Preferences from the menu.
  3. Click Audio & video in the left-side column.

Once you’ve opened preferences, check the following:

  • Make sure you’ve selected the correct microphone and speaker.
  • Test your microphone by saying a few words. If the voice meter doesn’t move up and down as you speak, try the other options in the microphone dropdown menu.

Check audio settings

Check to make sure your audio isn’t muted, then confirm that Slack has permission to access your microphone.

Mac

Windows

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Select Security & Privacy, then click the Privacy tab.
  3. Select Microphone from the list on the left.
  4. Check the box next to Slack. If it’s already checked, uncheck and recheck it.
If you’re on Windows 10, follow these steps to make sure you’ve granted Slack access to your microphone:
  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Privacy.
  3. Click Microphone.
  4. Toggle the setting on to allow apps to access your microphone. In the list of Microsoft Store apps, find Slack and toggle the setting on.


Check camera and video settings

If your camera isn’t working when you record, you may need to grant Slack access from your computer’s system settings:

Mac

Windows

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Select Security & Privacy, then click the Privacy tab.
  3. Click Camera.
  4. Check the box next to Slack. If it’s already checked, uncheck and recheck it.
  1. Open Settings.
  2. Select Privacy.
  3. Click Camera.
  4. Toggle the setting on to allow apps to access your camera. In the list of Microsoft Store apps, find Slack and toggle the setting on.
Who can use this feature?
  • All members and guests
  • Available on all plans