Manage shared channel permissions

With Slack Connect, owners and admins can adjust settings for the channels they share with other organizations.

Default settings for sharing channels


Enable or disable the ability to share channels

Standard and Plus plans

Enterprise Grid plan

By default, members can share channels from their workspace with other organizations. If they’d like, Workspace Owners and Workspace Admins can disable the option for members to share channels using the steps below, and can also enable the option again at anytime.

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration from the menu, then click Workspace settings.
  3. Click the Permissions tab.
  4. Next to Shared Channels, click Expand.
  5. Check or uncheck the box next to Enable new shared channels.
  6. Click Save.

By default, members can share channels from their Enterprise Grid org with other organizations. If they’d like, Org Owners and Org Admins can disable the option for members to share channels using the steps below, and can also enable the option again at anytime.

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration from the menu, then click Organization settings.
  3. Click  Settings in the left sidebar, then select Channel Management.
  4. Next to Shared channels, click Disable to remove the ability to share channels. To allow members to share channels, click Edit and set permissions for managing invitations and requests.

Note: If you disable the ability to share channels, this won’t affect channels from your workspace or Enterprise Grid org that have already been shared.


Choose who can send and accept invitations to share channels

Standard and Plus plans

Enterprise Grid plan

Members can send and accept invitations to share channels by default, but Workspace Owners and Admins can choose to restrict permissions.

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration from the menu, then click Workspace settings.
  3. Click the Permissions tab.
  4. Next to Shared Channels, click Expand.
  5. Below Who can send and accept invitations to share a channel?, select an option.
  6. Click Save.

Members can send and accept invitations to share channels by default, but Org Owners and Org Admins can choose to restrict permissions.

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration from the menu, then click Organization settings.
  3. Click  Settings in the left sidebar, then select Channel Management.
  4. Next to Shared channels, click Edit.
  5. Below Who can send and accept invitations to share a channel?, select an option.
  6. Click Save Setting.


Choose who can manage channels shared with other organizations

Standard and Plus plans

Enterprise Grid plan

By default, only Workspace Owners and Workspace Admins can manage channels shared with other organizations. If they'd like, they can give other people in their workspace permission to do this too.

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration from the menu, then click Workspace settings.
  3. Click the Permissions tab.
  4. Next to Shared Channels, click Expand.
  5. Below Who can approve and manage shared channels?, select an option.
  6. Click Save.

By default, only Org Owners and Org Admins can manage channels shared with other organizations. If they'd like, they can give other people in their org permission to do this too.

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration from the menu, then click Organization settings.
  3. Click  Settings in the left sidebar, then select Channel Management.
  4. Next to Shared channels, click Edit.
  5. Below Who can approve and manage shared channels?, select an option.
  6. Click Save Setting.


Choose where requests are sent

An accepted invitation to share a channel may be sent to both organizations for approval, depending on each organization’s settings.

By default, requests for approval are sent via DMs from Slackbot. To help streamline approvals, owners and admins can choose to send all requests to one channel in their workspace or org instead, allowing anyone with permission to approve or deny requests from the same place.

Standard and Plus plans

Enterprise Grid plan

Workspace Owners and Workspace Admins can use the steps below to choose a channel for managing requests. Keep in mind that requests cannot be sent to a channel shared with other organizations.

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration from the menu, then click Workspace settings.
  3. Click the Permissions tab.
  4. Next to Shared Channels, click Expand.
  5. Below Where will these requests be sent?, click A specific channel and choose a channel from the drop-down menu.
  6. Click Save.

Org Owners and Org Admins can use the steps below to choose a channel for managing requests. Keep in mind that requests can only be managed from org-wide channels.

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration, then click Organization settings.
  3. Click  Settings in the left sidebar, then select Channel Management.
  4. Next to Shared channels, click Edit.
  5. Below Where will these requests be sent?, click A specific channel and choose a channel from the drop-down menu.
  6. Click Save Setting.

Tip: Requests are automatically updated in the selected channel or your DM with Slackbot once someone has approved or denied them.

Who can use this feature?
  • Workspace Owners/Admins and Org Owners/Admins
  • StandardPlus, and Enterprise Grid plans