Add people to a channel

Work in Slack happens in channels, which are housed in your Slack workspace. A channel is a single place to share messages, tools and files. 

Full and invited members, as well as guests, can be added to channels. Guests will only have access to channels they’re added to, not an entire workspace or Enterprise Grid org. 

Tip: when you add an invited member to a channel, they'll receive email notifications of @mentions and can continue conversations in Slack once they accept their invitation to join a workspace.

 

Add people to a channel

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Android

  1. Open the channel you want to add someone to.
  2. At the top of the screen, click the  cog icon to open the Conversation settings menu.
  3. Select Add people to channel.
  4. When adding someone to a private channel, select either Add to [channel name] or Create a new channelRead more about this below.
  5. Start typing a name to select a member. Do this for each person you want to add.
  6. Once you’ve finished, click Add.

💡Or, use the /invite slash command to add one person to a channel quickly. Type /invite and their display name in the message field, then press Enter or select Send.

  1. Swipe right to open the channel list.
  2. Open the channel you want to add someone to. 
  3. Tap the channel name at the top of the screen.
  4. Tap Add Someone.
  5. When adding someone to a private channel, select either Add to this channel or New private channelRead more about this below.
  6. Tap the circle next to the names of the people you want to add.
  7. Tap Invite.

💡Or, use the /invite slash command to add one person to a channel quickly. Type /invite and their display name in the message field, then tap Send.

  1. Swipe right to open the channel list.
  2. Open the channel you want to add someone to.
  3. Tap the channel name at the top of the screen.
  4. Tap Add Someone.
  5. Tap on the names of the people you want to add.
  6. Tap Finished.
  7. When adding someone to a private channel, select either Add to channel or New private channelRead more about this below.

💡Or, use the /invite slash command to add one person to a channel quickly. Type /invite and their display name in the message field, then tap Send.

Tip: if you're on a paid subscription, you can create a user group and use /invite @usergroup to add everyone in the group to a channel at once.

 

Add large groups of people to a channel

Add people to a channel in bulk

From your desktop, you can add up to 1,000 people to a channel at once. Before getting started, create a list of your teammates’ names or email addresses in your Slack workspace. You can find this information in the workspace directory.

Note: Adding people to channels in bulk isn’t currently available on Slack for iOS and Android. This is something we’re working on – stay tuned!

Animated GIF of adding people to channels in bulk on the Slack desktop app

  1. Copy the full names, display names or email addresses of people you want to add to a channel.
  2. Open the channel you want to add people to.
  3. At the top of the screen, click the  cog icon to open the Conversation settings menu.
  4. Select Add people to channel.
  5. When adding people to a private channel, select either Add to [channel name] or Create a new channelRead more about this below.
  6. Paste the names or email addresses of the people you want to invite into the channel invitation field. Make sure each email address or name is separated by a comma or a space.
  7. Once you’ve finished, click Add.

Tip: Your email address might be hidden in your profile depending on your workspace or org settings. If it is, other members won’t be able to search for you with that email address to add you to a channel.

Link to a channel

To link to a public channel in a Slack message, type the channel name (e.g., #new-channel). Members of the channel where you posted your message can then visit the new channel and join if they want.

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If you’re on Enterprise Grid, make sure the channels you’re referencing have been shared across workspaces, otherwise the channel names won’t be linked.

 

Set default channels

Owners and Admins can set default channels that all new members will be added automatically to upon joining a workspace. This is a great way to welcome people to Slack, help new members access important information quickly and share relevant company-wide information.

See Set default channels for new members for all the details.

 

Private channel history

You’ve got two options when inviting someone to a private channel: you can add them to your existing private channel or start a new private channel. Adding someone to an existing private channel gives them access to the channel’s history.

If you choose to start a new channel, the existing channel will be renamed and archived. Your new private channel will include all members of the archived channel and the new person you’ve invited. Everyone except the newly added member will see a link to the original channel’s archive.

Who can use this feature?
  • All members and multi-channel guests
  • FreeStandardPlus and Enterprise Grid subscriptions