Use huddles in Slack

Who can use this feature?

Recreate the quick, informal discussions that you usually have in the office right in Slack. You can start a huddle in any channel or direct message (DM), invite specific people to join and share your screen to work side-by-side with your team. 

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What to expect

  • On the free subscription, Huddles can have a maximum of two participants. On paid subscriptions, Huddles can have up to 50 participants, and anyone in a conversation can join a Huddle once it starts.
  • Huddles are available in the Slack desktop and mobile apps, plus Google Chrome (Mac/Windows/Linux) and Firefox (Mac/Windows).
  • Security policies for Slack calls also apply to huddles.

Tip: To share a quick audio or video message that your teammates can play on their own time, try recording a clip.


Start or join a huddle

Start a new huddle

Desktop

Mobile

  1. Open a channel or DM.
  2. Click the  headphones toggle in the bottom left corner of your sidebar or press ShiftH (Mac) or CtrlShiftH (Windows/Linux).
  1. Open a channel or DM.
  2. Tap the  headphones icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

When a huddle starts in a DM, all members will receive an invitation. You can also invite people to huddles in group DMs or channels, regardless of whether they’re a part of the conversation. They’ll be able to join the huddle, but will not be able to see the name of a private channel or access the content in the conversation.


Accept a huddle invitation

Desktop

Mobile

When you receive a huddle invitation, a notification sound will play and you'll see the invitation at the bottom of your sidebar. Click the Join button to accept.

Slack desktop app sidebar showing an invitation to a huddle in the Sales channel from Paul Leung

Tap the banner notification at the top of your screen, or tap Join from the invitation.

Slack mobile app showing an invitation to a huddle in the Sales channel from Paul Leung with buttons to dismiss or join


Join an active huddle

When a huddle has started in a channel or DM you're a part of, you'll see a blue  antenna icon next to the conversation in your left sidebar. Here's how to join:

Desktop

Mobile

  1. Open the channel or DM where the huddle is taking place. 
  2. Click the  headphones toggle at the bottom of your sidebar. 
  1. From the  Home tab, tap the  headphones icon next to a channel or DM. 
  2. Tap Join


Take actions in a huddle

Once you've joined a huddle, here's what you can do:

  •   Mute or unmute yourself
  •  Share your screen on desktop
  •  Add people to the huddle

To view live captions, click the name of the person who’s talking. Click the   three dots icon, then select Turn on captions.

Tip: Use ShiftSpace (Mac) or CtrlShiftSpace (Windows/Linux) to quickly mute or unmute from your desktop.


Leave a huddle

Anyone can leave a huddle at any time, including the person who started it. Huddles will automatically end when the last person leaves.

Desktop

Mobile

Click the  headphones toggle at the bottom left corner of your sidebar or press ShiftH (Mac) or CtrlShiftH (Windows/Linux).

  1. From the channel or DM where the huddle is taking place, tap the  headphones icon in the top-right corner of the screen.
  2. Tap Leave.