Deactivate a member's account

Over time, people may come and go from Slack. Some may leave on their own, but as an owner or admin, you have the ability to deactivate members' accounts.

Bear in mind

  • Your role in Slack will determine your deactivation permissions.
  • Some apps may be disabled when certain accounts are deactivated.
  • You can reactivate an account if you change your mind. 
  • People won't be notified when their accounts are deactivated. Their messages or files won't be deleted, but they will be removed from channels, signed out of your workspace(s) on all devices and unable to sign back in.
  • The option to deactivate accounts is only available on desktop.

Tip: See our fair billing policy to learn how deactivated member accounts affect billing. 


Who can deactivate accounts

Your role in Slack will determine your deactivation permissions. Use the table below to review your permissions, and read more about roles in Slack.

Free, Standard and Plus subscriptions

Enterprise Grid subscription

  Workspace admins Workspace owners Workspace Primary Owner
Deactivate members and guests
Deactivate workspace admins  
Deactivate workspace owners    
Deactivate a workspace primary owner*      


*No one can deactivate the workspace primary owner. To deactivate this person, the primary owner must transfer ownership to someone else.

 

Org-level permissions 

  Org admins Org owners Org primary owner
Deactivate members and guests
Deactivate workspace admins and owners  
Deactivate a workspace primary owner*      
Deactivate org owners and admins      
Deactivate a primary org owner*      


*No one can deactivate the org primary owner or a workspace primary owner. To deactivate these accounts, they must transfer ownership to someone else.


Workspace-level permissions

  Workspace admins Workspace owners Workspace Primary Owner
Deactivate members and guests
Deactivate workspace admins  
Deactivate workspace owners    
Deactivate a workspace primary owner**      


**No one can deactivate the workspace primary owner. To deactivate this person, the primary owner must transfer ownership to someone else.


Deactivate an account

Free, Standard and Plus subscriptions

Enterprise Grid subscription

Review the permissions above, then use the steps below to deactivate someone's account.

  1. From your desktop, click on your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration from the menu, then click Manage members.
  3. Click on the  three dots icon to the right of the member that you want to deactivate.
  4. Select Deactivate account.

Review the permissions above, then use the steps below to remove someone from a workspace or deactivate an account.


Remove someone from a workspace

On the Enterprise Grid subscription, accounts can’t be deactivated at the workspace level, but people can be removed from workspaces. Keep in mind that anyone that you remove from your workspace will remain part of the Enterprise Grid org.

Here’s how to remove someone:

  1. From your desktop, click on your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Settings & administration from the menu, then click Manage members.
  3. Click on the  three dots icon to the right of the member that you want to remove.
  4. Select Remove from workspace.


Deactivate an account

On the Enterprise Grid subscription, you can only deactivate an account at the org level. Anyone you deactivate will be removed from channels, signed out of all workspaces and removed from your org. Use the steps below to deactivate an account:

  1. From your desktop, click on your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Click on  People in the left sidebar, then select Members
  3. Click on the  three dots icon to the right of the member that you want to deactivate.
  4. Select Deactivate.

Note: You can still access your direct message (DM) history with a member who has been deactivated. Click on CmdK (Mac) or CtrlK (Windows/Linux) and search for the deactivated member's name to view your DM history.

Who can use this feature?
  • Workspace owners/admins or org owners/admins
  • FreeStandardPlus and Enterprise Grid subscriptions