Convert a channel to private

If a channel's conversation is better suited for a closed audience, it can be converted to private. This type of channel is best for discussions that shouldn't be open to everyone.

Bear in mind

Note: On the Plus and Enterprise Grid subscriptions, owners and admins with permission can convert channels to private with channel management tools.

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 that you want to make private.
  2. Click the  details icon at the top right.
  3. Select  More, then click Additional options.
  4. Choose Change to a private channel. If you don'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 post in the channel to let members know that 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, workspace owners/admins and org owners/admins can convert channels to private. If they like, workspace owners and org owners can limit private channel creation and conversion to only owners

Who can use this feature?
  • Workspace owners/admins and org owners/admins
  • Free, Standard, Plus and Enterprise Grid subscriptions