Add people to a channel

In a Slack workspace, teamwork happens in channels. A channel is a single place to share messages, tools and files. To collaborate and get work done with the right people, you can add members, invited members and guests to channels. 

Things to bear in mind

  • Workspace owners/admins and org owners/admins can add members to public channels that they're not part of.
  • When you add an invited member to a channel, they'll receive email notifications of @mentions, and can continue conversations in Slack once they’ve accepted their invitation to join a workspace.
  • Guests will only have access to channels that they're added to, not an entire workspace or Enterprise Grid org.

 

Add people to a channel

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  1. From your desktop, open the channel that you want to add someone to.
  2. Click on the  add people icon in the top right.
  3. If you’re adding people to a private channel, you can either add them to the existing channel or create a new channel. Select Add to [channel name] or Create a new channel, then click on Continue.
  4. Search for and select the members that you want to add. If you’re on a paid subscription, you can also search for and select a user group.
  5. Once you’ve finished, click on Add.
  1. Open the channel that you’d like to add people to.
  2. Tap  Details in the top right.
  3. Tap  Add people.
  4. If you’re adding someone to a private channel, select either Add to this channel or New private channelRead more about this below.
  5. Search for and select the members that you'd like to add.
  6. When you’ve finished, tap Invite.
  1. Open the channel that you’d like to add people to.
  2. Tap  Details in the top right.
  3. Tap  Add people.
  4. Search for and select the members that you'd like to add.
  5. Tap the  paper plane icon.
  6. If you’re adding someone to a private channel, select either Add to channel or New private channelRead more about this below.

Tip: On the Plus and Enterprise Grid subscriptions, owners and admins with permission can add people to channels with channel management tools.

 

Add large groups of people to a channel

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 from your workspace directory.

Note: Depending on your workspace or org settings, you may not see email addresses in member profiles. If that’s the case, you won't be able to add people to channels with email addresses.

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. Copy the full names, display names or email addresses of people that you’d like to add to a channel.
  2. From your desktop, open the channel that you want to add people to.
  3. Click on the  add people icon in the top right.
  4. If you’re adding people to a private channel, you can either add them to the existing channel or create a new channel. Select Add to [channel name] or Create a new channel, then click on Continue.
  5. Paste the names or email addresses into the channel invite field. Make sure that each email address or name is separated by a comma or a space.
  6. Once you’ve finished, click on Add.
  1. Copy the full names, display names or email addresses of people that you’d like to add to a channel.
  2. Open the channel that you’d like to add people to.
  3. Tap  Details in the top right.
  4. Tap  Add people.
  5. If you’re adding people to a private channel, select either Add to this channel, or New private channelRead more about this below.
  6. Paste the names or email addresses into the channel invite field. Make sure that each email address or name is separated by a comma or a space.
  7. When you’ve finished, tap Invite.
  1. Copy the full names, display names or email addresses of people that you’d like to add to a channel.
  2. Open the channel that you’d like to add people to.
  3. Tap  Details in the top right.
  4. Tap  Add people.
  5. Paste the names or email addresses into the channel invite field. Make sure that each email address or name is separated by a comma or a space.
  6. Tap the  paper plane icon.
  7. If you’re adding people to a private channel, select either Add to channel or New private channelRead more about this below.

Tip: If there are channels that all new members need to be added to besides the #general channel, owners and admins can set default channels for new members.

 

Adding people to private channels

When inviting people to a private channel, you have two options:

  • Add them to an existing private channel and give the newly added members access to the channel’s history.
  • Start a new private channel. The existing channel will be renamed and archived. The new channel will include all members of the archived channel and any new people that you’ve invited. Everyone except newly-added members 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