Join a channel

In a Slack workspace, work comes together in dedicated spaces called channels. Use channels to organise conversations about specific projects, subjects or purposes. You can browse and join existing channels in your workspace. If you don't see the channel that you're looking for, you can create a channel and add your teammates.

Tip: If you've received an invitation to share a channel with an external organisation, learn how to accept the invitation.

What to expect 

  • You can't browse for private channels in Slack. To join, you'll need to be added by one of the private channel's members.
  • When you join a channel, you'll be added to the member list.
  • The notifications that you receive in a channel will depend on your preferences. If you like, you can adjust your channel-specific notifications at any time.
  • You can leave a public or private channel at any time and rejoin public channels if you need to. If you leave a private channel, you'll need to be added back by a current member.

Join channels



  1. Click   Channel browser at the top of your left sidebar. If you don't see this option, click  More to find it.
  2. Select a listed channel or type a channel name in the search bar.
  3. Click on Join channel or press Enter.

If you know the name of the channel that you want to join, type /join followed by # and the channel name in the message field and send the message.

  1. Tap  Search at the bottom of your screen.
  2. Tap  Browse channels
  3. Search for a channel or select one from the list.
  4. Tap Join channel.

Tip: To see who else is in a channel before joining from Slack on your desktop, click on the cluster of profile pictures to the right of the channel name at the top of your screen.

Note: Multi-channel and single-channel guests can't join channels without an invitation, and they can only browse or search for channels that they've joined.

Who can use this feature?