Move group direct messages to a private channel

Group direct messages (DMs) are conversations between three or more people, and they're great for getting in touch quickly. When they turn into long-term discussions – or when you need to invite more than nine people to the conversation – you can convert your Group DM to a private channel.

Note: When you convert a Group DM to a private channel in an Enterprise Grid org, your conversation will become a multi-workspace channel

Convert a Group DM to a private channel 

  1. From your desktop, open a group direct message
  2. Click   Details in the top right, then click   More.
  3. From the menu, select Convert to private channel
  4. To confirm, click Yes, continue.
  5. Enter a name for the new channel.
  6. Click Convert to a private channel.


All members of the Group DM will be notified of the change with a message from Slackbot. Here's an example: Message from Slackbot notifying members of a Group DM that it has been converted to a private channel

Note: Only members with permission to create private channels can move a group DM to a private channel.

Tip: When you invite a new member to a private channel, you'll have the option to retain message history. Choosing this option allows the new member to view your original group DMs.

Who can use this feature?
  • All members and multi-channel guests (by default)
  • FreeStandardPlus and Enterprise Grid subscriptions