Archive a channel

Archiving a channel removes it from the list of active conversations in your Slack workspace. The channel won't be open for new activity, but the history will be retained for easy browsing and searching. Keep in mind that workspace owners can restrict members from archiving channels, so if you don't see this option, contact an owner for help

Tip: Looking to delete a channel? Visit Delete a channel.

What to expect

  • The  archive icon will appear next to the channel name in the sidebar. 
  • Members will receive a direct message from Slackbot to let them know that the channel was archived.
  • Messages from the archived channel will appear in search results, allowing members to browse the conversation history in Slack. 
  • Members will be removed from that channel (public channels only).
  • Apps connected to the channel will be disabled.
  • To archive a shared channel, you'll need to stop sharing it.  

Tip: On the Enterprise Grid subscription, you can archive a channel from the org dashboard. Learn more about channel management.

Archive a channel




  1. From the channel, click  Details in the top right.
  2. Click  More, then select Additional options.
  3. Click Archive this channel.
  4. Click Yes, archive the channel to confirm.
  1. From the channel, tap  Details in the top right.
  2. Tap  Additional options.
  3. Tap Archive channel.
  4. Tap Archive to confirm.
  1. From the channel, tap  Details in the top right.
  2. Tap Archive.
  3. Tap Archive to confirm.

Note: The #general channel cannot be archived.

Unarchive a channel

If you change your mind, you can unarchive a channel from your desktop app or browser. Keep in mind that members are removed from archived public channels, but they'll be retained in private channels if the channel is restored. Here's how to unarchive a channel:

  1. From your desktop, click on the  plus icon next to Channels in your left sidebar.
  2. Select Browse channels.
  3. Search for the channel by name, or click  Filter and select Archived channels from the Channel type drop-down menu.
  4. Choose a channel from the list.
  5. Click  Details in the top right.
  6. Click  Unarchive.

Note: Channel names cannot repeat across archived or active channels. If you'd like to reuse the name of an archived channel, you'll need to unarchive it and rename the channel to something else.

Who can use this feature?
  • By default, all members except for guests can use this feature
  • FreeStandardPlus and Enterprise Grid subscriptions