Slack Connect: Manage channel approval settings and invitation requests

To help you manage Slack Connect for your organisation, there are a number of approval settings that you can adjust for Slack Connect channels. Keep reading to learn how to manage approval settings, apply approval settings to specific external organisations and manage invitation requests.

Manage approval settings for Slack Connect channels

Pro and Business+ subscriptions

Enterprise Grid subscription

Workspace owners can adjust the following approval settings:

  • Who can approve requests and manage Slack Connect channels
  • When approval is required for Slack channels 
  • Where requests are sent for approval
  • When invitations can be automatically accepted. 


Manage approval settings

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the sidebar.
  2. Select Tools & settings from the menu, then click Workspace settings.
  3. Click the Permissions tab.
  4. Next to Slack Connect Channels, click Expand.
  5. Select your approval settings. 
  6. Click on Save.

Org owners and org admins can adjust the following approval settings: 

  • Who can approve requests and manage Slack Connect channels
  • When approval is required for Slack channels 
  • Where requests are sent for approval
  • When invitations can be automatically accepted. 


Manage approval settings

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the sidebar.
  2. Select Tools & settings, then click Organisation settings.
  3. Click  Slack Connect in the left sidebar, then select Settings.
  4. Under Permissions click Edit.  
  5. Select options for approval, then click Save.


Manage approval settings per organisation

Pro and Business+ subscriptions

Enterprise Grid subscription

Workspace owners (and anyone else that they’ve granted permission to) can apply custom automatic approval and acceptance settings to specific organisations that their company works with.

Manage approval settings

  1. From your desktop, hover over   More.
    An image of a cursor over the More icon in the Slack desktop app.
  2. Select  External connections.
  3. Click on the  cog icon and select Manage connections to see all the organisations that you’re working with.
  4. Next to the organisation that you'd like to set custom approval for, click on the
     three dots icon and select Edit approval settings.
  5. Click on Custom, then select an option from the menu.
  6. Click on Save to confirm.

Manage acceptance settings

  1. From your desktop, hover over   More.
    An image of a cursor over the More icon in the Slack desktop app.
  2. Select  External connections.
  3. Click on the  cog icon and select Manage connections to see all the organisations that you’re working with.
  4. Next to the organisation you’d like to set custom approval for, click the
     three dots icon and select Edit acceptance settings.
  5. Click on Custom, then select an option from the menu.
  6. Click on Save to confirm.

Org owners and org admins (and anyone else that they’ve granted permission to) can apply custom approval and acceptance settings to specific organisations that their company works with.

Manage approval settings

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the sidebar.
  2. Select Tools & settings from the menu, then click Organisation settings.
  3. Click  Slack Connect in the left sidebar.
  4. Next to the organisation that you'd like to set custom approval for, click on the
     three dots icon and select Edit approval settings.
  5. Click on Custom, then select an option from the menu.
  6. Click on Save to confirm.

Manage acceptance settings

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the sidebar.
  2. Select Tools & settings from the menu, then click Organisation settings.
  3. Click  Slack Connect in the left sidebar.
  4. Next to the organisation that you’d like to set custom acceptance for, click the
     three dots icon and select Edit approval settings.
  5. Click on Custom, then select an option from the menu.
  6. Click on Save to confirm.


Approve or deny invitation requests

Pro and Business+ subscriptions

Enterprise Grid subscription

When approval is required for Slack Connect channels, workspace owners (and anyone else that they’ve granted permission to) can review an invitation request.
  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the sidebar.
  2. Select Tools & settings from the menu, then click Manage Slack Connect Invitations.
  3. Select the Open requests tab.
  4. Select the   three dots icon next to a channel name to approve or deny the request. To take action in bulk, select up to 25 requests, then select Approve or Deny
When approval is required for Slack Connect channels, org owners and org admins (and anyone else that they’ve granted permission to) can review an invitation request.
  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the sidebar.
  2. Select Tools & settings from the menu, then click Manage Slack Connect.
  3. Click on Invitations in the left column.
  4. Select the Open requests tab.
  5. Select the  three dots icon next to a channel name to approve or deny the request. To take action in bulk, select up to 25 requests, then select Approve or Deny


Revoke pending invitation requests

Pro and Business+ subscriptions

Enterprise Grid subscription

Workspace owners (and anyone else that they’ve granted permission to) can revoke a Slack Connect invitation sent by a member of their workspace that hasn't been accepted yet. 
  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the sidebar.
  2. Select Tools & settings from the menu, then click Manage Slack Connect invitations.
  3. Select the Sent invitations tab.
  4. Click the   three dots icon next to a channel name and select Revoke invitation. To take action in bulk, click Revoke all invitations or select up to 25 requests, then click Revoke selected invitations
Org owners and org admins (and anyone else that they’ve granted permission to) can revoke a Slack Connect invitation sent by a member of their organisation that hasn't been accepted yet.
  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the sidebar.
  2. Select Tools & settings from the menu, then click Manage Slack Connect Invitations.
  3. Click on Invitations in the left column.
  4. Select the Sent invitations tab.
  5. Click the   three dots icon next to a channel name and select Revoke invitation. To take action in bulk, click Revoke all invitations or select up to 25 requests, then click Revoke selected invitations


Enable Slack Connect for specific workspaces

On Enterprise Grid, you can choose to allow Slack Connect channels in specific workspaces only.

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the sidebar.
  2. Select Tools & settings, then click Organisation settings.
  3. Click  Slack Connect in the left sidebar, then select Settings.
  4. Next to Enable for channels in which workspaces, click on Edit.
  5. Select an option and search for your desired workspaces, then click on Save.


Prevent members from inviting external people to channels

On Enterprise Grid, any member can invite external members to channels by default. Admins and owners can restrict this for certain channels in their workspaces and channel managers can do the same for channels that they manage. 

  1. From your desktop, open the channel that you'd like to restrict external invitations for.
  2. Click on the channel name in the conversation header.
    GIF of a cursor clicking on the channel name in the channel header
  3. Select the Settings tab.
  4. Next to Member permissions, click Edit
  5. Tick or untick the box next to Invite external people to channel, then click Save.
Who can use this feature?
  • Workspace owners (Pro and Business+) and org owners and org admins (Enterprise Grid) can manage approval settings and decide who can approve invitation requests
  • Available on paid subscriptions