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 full members, invited members and guests to channels. 

What to expect

  • 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.
  • Guests will only have access to channels that they're added to, not an entire workspace or Enterprise Grid org.
  • Org owners and admins and workspace owners and admins can add members to public channels that they’re not part of. 

 

Add people to a channel

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. Open the channel that you'd like 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. If you’re adding someone to a private channel, select either Add to [channel name] or Create a new channelRead more about this below.
  5. Search for and select the members that you'd like to add. If you’re on a paid subscription, you can also search for and select a user group name.
  6. Once you’ve finished, click Add.
  1. Swipe right to open the channel list and select the channel that you'd like to add someone to.
  2. Tap the channel name at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Add someone.
  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. Tap the circle next to the names of the people that you'd like to add.
  6. Tap Invite.
  1. Swipe right to open the channel list and select the channel that you'd like to add someone to.
  2. Tap the channel name at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Add someone.
  4. Tap the names of the people that you'd like to add.
  5. Tap Done.
  6. If you’re adding someone to a private channel, select either Add to channel or New private channelRead more about this below.

 

Add large groups of people to a channel

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. You can find this information in the directory.

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. Open the channel that you'd like 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. If you’re 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 into the channel invite field. If you’re on a paid subscription, you can also search for and select a user group name. Make sure each email address or name is separated by a comma or a space.
  7. Once you’ve finished, click Add.
  1. Copy the full names, display names or email addresses of people that you’d like to add to a channel.
  2. Swipe right to open the channel list and select the channel that you'd like to add people to.
  3. Tap the channel name at the top of the screen.
  4. Tap Add someone.
  5. If you’re adding people to a private channel, select either Add to this channel or New private channel. Read 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. Tap Invite.
  1. Copy the full names, display names or email addresses of people that you’d like to add to a channel.
  2. Swipe right to open the channel list and select the channel that you'd like to add people to.
  3. Tap the channel name at the top of the screen.
  4. Tap Add someone.
  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 Done.
  7. If you’re adding people to a private channel, select either Add to channel or New private channelRead more about this below.

Note: Your email address may 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.

Tip: Owners and admins can set default channels that all new members will automatically be added to upon joining a workspace.

 

Private channel history

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 and 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 the 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

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 full members, invited members and guests to channels. 

What to expect

  • Guests will only have access to channels that they're added to, not an entire workspace or Enterprise Grid org.
  • Org owners and org admins and workspace owners and workspace admins can add members to public channels that they're not a 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 accept their invitation to join a workspace.

 

Add people to a channel

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. From your desktop, open the channel that you'd like to add someone to.
  2. Click  Details in the top right.
  3. Select  Add.
  4. If you’re adding someone to a private channel, select either Add to [channel name] or Create a new channelRead more about this below.
  5. Search for and select the members that you'd like to add. If you’re on a paid subscription, you can also search for and select a user group name.
  6. Once you’ve finished, click Add.
  1. Swipe right to open the channel list and open the channel that you'd like to add someone to.
  2. Tap the channel name at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Add someone.
  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. Tap the circle next to the names of the people that you'd like to add.
  6. Tap Invite.
  1. Swipe right to open the channel list and open the channel that you'd like to add someone to.
  2. Tap the channel name at the top of the screen.
  3. Tap Add someone.
  4. Tap the names of the people that you'd like to add.
  5. Tap Done.
  6. If you’re adding someone to a private channel, select either Add to channel or New private channelRead more about this below.

 

Add large groups of people to a channel

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. You can browse a list of all members in your workspace to find this information.

 

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'd like to add people to.
  3. Click  Details in the top right.
  4. Select  Add.
  5. If you’re 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 into the channel invite field. If you’re on a paid subscription, you can also search for and select a user group name. Make sure each email address or name is separated by a comma or a space.
  7. Once you’ve finished, click Add.
  1. Copy the full names, display names or email addresses of people that you’d like to add to a channel.
  2. Swipe right to open the channel list and open the channel that you'd like to add people to.
  3. Tap the channel name at the top of the screen.
  4. Tap Add someone.
  5. If you’re adding people to a private channel, select either Add to this channel or New private channel. Read 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. Tap Invite.
  1. Copy the full names, display names or email addresses of people that you’d like to add to a channel.
  2. Swipe right to open the channel list and open the channel that you'd like to add people to.
  3. Tap the channel name at the top of the screen.
  4. Tap Add someone.
  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 Done.
  7. If you’re adding people to a private channel, select either Add to channel or New private channelRead more about this below.

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.

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.

 

Private channel history

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