Set default channels for new members

To help onboard new members of your workspace, you can set default channels for them to join automatically.

Benefits of default channels

  • Welcome and direct new people to the right channels
  • Help new members access important information straight away 
  • Educate members about company culture, policies and benefits

Note: Existing workspace members won’t be automatically added to default channels when you set them.


Manage default channels

Free, Standard and Plus subscriptions

Enterprise Grid subscription

Workspace owners and admins can manage default channels for their workspace. To be set as a default channel, a channel must be public.

Add default channels

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Administration, then click Workspace settings from the menu.
  3. Next to Default channels, click Expand.
  4. Add channels you want new members to join by default.
  5. Click Save to finish.

Remove default channels

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Administration, then click Workspace settings from the menu.
  3. Next to Default channels, click Expand.
  4. Click the small white x to the right of a channel name to remove it.
  5. Click Save to finish.

Org Owners and Admins can manage default channels for their org. To be set as a default channel, it must be public and a multi-workspace channel.

You can also set a default channel as optional or required. For example, your company culture channel is optional, but your mandatory health and safety channel is required.

Add default channels

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Administration, then Organisation settings from the menu.
  3. Under Settings in the left column, click Channel Administration.
  4. Under Default org-wide Channels, click Add a channel.
  5. Select a channel, then click Next.
  6. Choose whether you want membership to be Optional or Required.
  7. Decide who can post in the channel. Then choose whether members can add threaded replies to messages posted in this channel.
  8. Click Next to review your changes.
  9. Click Save to finish.

You can repeat this process and set up to 25 default channels for your organisation.


Edit or remove default channels

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Administration, then Organisation settings from the menu.
  3. Under Settings in the left column, clickChannel Administration.
  4. Under Default org-wide channels, hover over a channel, then click the  More actions icon to the right.
  5. Click Edit channel settings and make the adjustments you want.
  6. Click Next to review your changes.
  7. Click Save to finish.

Tip: Default channels can also be customised when sending invitations to your workspace. See Invite new members to your Slack workspace for details.

Note: All members belong to the #general channel. It can’t be removed from the default channel list.

Who can use this feature?
  • Workspace owners/admins and org owners/admins
  • Free, Standard, Plus and Enterprise Grid subscriptions