Make calls in Slack

Sometimes it helps to talk about things. With Slack calls, you can make a voice or video call with any member of your workspace. 📞 📹

Tip: are you new to Slack calls, or just need a refresher? Review some of the basics (features, availability, call actions) and become a pro. 🙌

Note: If you ever need some extra help with Slack’s calling features, take a look at our troubleshooting guide.

 

Start a call 

On any subscription, a member can start a call with one other member via a direct message (DM). To start a call from a group DM or a channel, a workspace must be on one of our paid subscriptions. For calls with more than two people, there can be a total of 15 participants.

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From a direct message

  1. Open a direct message.
  2. Click the  phone icon in the top right.
  3. Your call will start right away, and the member you're calling will receive a pop-up notification.

    You can also click the   camera icon to start a video call and even share your screen if your workspace is on a paid subscription.

Note: If using do not disturb, the member you’re calling will see a missed call notification in a direct message.


From a channel

  1. Open a channel and click the  phone icon in the top right corner.
  2. Your call will post to the channel and any member (up to 15 total) can join by clicking Join this call.

    You can also click the   camera icon to start a video call and even share your screen if your workspace is on a paid subscription.

Tip: Use an @here or @channel mention to notify channel members before or after you start the call.

  1. Tap the channel or direct message name to open the channel or conversation info.
  2. Tap Start a call.
  1. Tap the channel or direct message name to open the channel or conversation info.
  2. Tap Start a call.

Note: Need a shortcut for making calls? We’ve got a slash command for that! Use /call in a DM or channel to start a call.

 

Share and invite others to a call

If you’re a member of a workspace on a paid subscription, you can share calls in channels and invite others to join them.

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Invite other members to a call

To invite a specific member to join your current call, follow these steps:

  1. Click the  invite icon in the upper-right corner of the call window.
  2. Start typing a member’s name to filter the list.
  3. Select a member to invite.

If you want to share a call in other channels, here’s how:

  1. Click the  invite icon in the upper-right corner of the call window.
  2. Click Share this call.
  3. Click Copy link
  4. Post the call link to a channel. 
  1. Tap Invite.
  2. Tap the names of the people you want to invite to the call.
  3. Tap Invite again.
  1. Tap the   Add user icon.
  2. Tap the names of the people you want to invite to the call.
  3. Tap Invite again.

 

Join a call

Answer a direct message call

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When another member calls you in a one-to-one or group DM, you’ll see a pop-up call notification. Click the green  phone icon to answer the call.

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Tap the green  phone icon to answer the call.
  1. Tap Answer from the pop-up notification or on the call message in the direct message.
  2. Tap the   phone icon.

Join a channel call

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Click Join this call from the in-channel invitation. A call window will open where you can see who else is on the call and who is speaking.Help_Center_Join_a_channel_call.png

 

Tap Join this call from the channel where the call is taking place.
Tap Join this call from the channel where the call is taking place.