Making calls in Slack

With Slack Calls, you can make a voice or video call to connect with anyone in your workspace. Keep reading to learn how Slack Calls work, and the subscriptions and devices they're available on.

Tip: You can set your preferences to always join Slack Calls with your audio muted and automatically set your status to  On a call when you're on a call.


Call feature availability

Feature Subscriptions Operating systems
Voice calls

Free subscription

Available in 1:1 direct messages (DMs)

Paid subscriptions

Available in 1:1 DMs, Group DMs and channels

Mac

Windows

Linux

iOS

Android

Video calls

Free subscription

Available in 1:1 DMs

Paid subscriptions

Available in 1:1 DMs, group DMs and channels

Mac

Windows

Linux

iOS

Android

Screen sharing

Paid subscriptions

Available in 1:1 DMs, group DMs and channels

Mac

Windows

Linux*

*On Linux, you can share your screen but won't be able to draw on it.

Note: Google Chrome is the only browser that supports Slack Calls.


Start a call

If you’re using the free version of Slack, you can start a call in a DM with one other person. If you're using a paid subscription, you can start a call with up to 14 other people in a DM or a channel and share your screen.

Desktop

iOS 

Android

From a DM

  1. Open a DM and click on the member name(s) in the conversation header.
  2. Click on the About tab.
  3. Below the member name(s), select  Start a call.
  4. Your call will start right away and the member(s) you're calling will see a prompt to join the call.
  5. If you like, you can click the  camera icon to turn on your video.

Note: If the person you're calling has paused their notifications, they'll see a message about the missed call in the DM.

From a channel

  1. Open a channel and click on the channel name in the conversation header.
  2. Click on the About tab.
  3. Below the channel name, select  Start a call.
  4. Slack will post a message to the channel letting others know that you've started a call. Up to 14 people can join the call by clicking Join.
  5. If you like, you can click the  camera icon to turn on your video.

From a DM

  1. Open a DM and tap the name(s) at the top of the screen.
  2. Tap  Call [member’s name] in a 1:1 DM or Start a Call in a group DM.
  3. Your call will start right away and the member(s) you're calling will see a prompt to join the call.
  4. If you like, you can tap the  camera icon to turn on your video.

Note: If the person you're calling has paused their notifications, they'll see a message about the missed call in the DM.


From a channel

  1. Open a channel and tap the channel name at the top of the screen.
  2. Tap  Start a call.
  3. Choose a name for the call if you like, then tap Start.
  4. Slack will post a message to the channel letting others know that you've started a call. Up to 14 people can join the call by tapping Join.
  5. If you like, you can tap the  camera icon to turn on your video.

From a DM

  1. Open a DM and tap the  details icon in the top right.
  2. Tap  Start a call.
  3. Your call will start right away and the member(s) you're calling will see a prompt to join the call.
  4. If you like, you can tap the  camera icon to turn on your video.

Note: If the person you're calling has paused their notifications, they'll see a message about the missed call in the DM.


From a channel

  1. Open a channel and tap the  details  icon in the top right.
  2. Tap  Start a call.
  3. Choose a name for your call if you like, then tap Start.
  4. Slack will post a message to the channel letting others know that you've started a call. Up to 14 people can join the call by tapping Join.
  5. You can tap the  camera icon to turn on your video in a call.

Tip: Owners and admins can set a third-party calling app as a default calling option. If this is the case in your workspace, clicking the phone icon may start your call in another app.

 

Invite others to a call 

If your workspace is on a paid subscription, you can invite others to a call that's already started.

Desktop

iOS

Android

From Slack on your desktop, you can invite people directly from a call you’re on, or share a link to a call in a channel or DM.

Invite other people to a call

  1. Click   Add people in the top left corner of the call window.
  2. Search for and select the people that you’d like to invite to the call.
  3. Click Invite.


Share a call link

  1. Click   Add people in the top left corner of the call window.
  2. Click Copy link.
  3. Paste the call link in the message field of a channel or DM and send the message. Up to 14 people can join the call by choosing Join.
  1. From the call you’re on, swipe up from the bottom of your screen.
  2. Tap   Add people.
  3. Search for and select the people that you’d like to invite to the call.
  4. Tap Invite.
  1. From the call you’re on, swipe up from the bottom of your screen.
  2. Tap   Add people.
  3. Search for and select the people that you’d like to invite to the call.
  4. Tap Invite.

Note: For help with Slack Calls, visit our troubleshooting guide.