Convert a channel to private

If a channel’s conversation is better suited for a closed audience, owners and admins can convert the channel to private. This type of channel is best for discussions that shouldn’t be open to everyone.

Bear in mind

  • Only Workspace Owners/Admins and Org Owners/Admins can convert a channel to private and they'll need to be a member of the channel to do so. If you're not an Owner or Admin, contact one for help.
  • The #general channel cannot be converted to a private channel.
  • Shared channels will only be converted in the workspace that makes the change.
  • Files within the channel will not become private.

Convert a channel to private

Note: It’s not possible to undo this action. Once you’ve converted a channel to private, you cannot make it public again.



  1. From your desktop, open the channel you want to make private.
  2. Click the  cog icon in the top right.
  3. Select Additional options from the menu.
  4. Choose Change to a private channel. If you can’t see the option to convert the channel, get in touch with an owner or admin for help.
  5. Click Change to private to confirm. A message will be posted in the channel to let members know it’s been converted.

It’s not possible to convert a channel to private from the Slack iOS or Android app.

Restrict who can convert channels

By default, owners and admins of a workspace or org can convert channels to private. If they’d prefer, workspace and org owners can limit the channel management preferences for people who can create private channels – including private channel conversions – to only owners.

Who can use this feature?
  • Workspace Owners/Admins and Org Owners/Admins
  • Free, Standard, Plus and Enterprise Grid subscriptions