Getting started for new members
As a member of a Slack workspace, you'll be able to send messages and files to your teammates to get work done in Slack. Our What is Slack? article and Slack demo will help you learn everything you need to know. Once you’ve had a look at those, read on to learn more about downloading the Slack apps, joining a workspace and setting up your profile.
Note: to create a Slack workspace or learn how to manage one, read our guide for Workspace Owners and Admins.
Download Slack's desktop and mobile apps
When you download the Slack desktop and mobile apps, you can receive notifications on all your devices and stay in sync when you’re on the move. Whatever you do on one device is reflected everywhere — Slack apps keep your place, letting you pick up conversations wherever you left off.
Go to slack.com/downloads to download Slack’s desktop and mobile apps.
Join a Slack workspace
A workspace is a company’s shared hub, where team members communicate and work together in channels. You can join an existing Slack workspace in three ways:
- If you received an email invitation, accept the invitation.
- If you know your workspace’s Slack URL, sign up with an approved email address.
- If your company uses single sign-on, authenticate your account with your identity provider (think Okta, OneLogin, G Suite and so on!)
When you join a workspace, we’ll guide you through the process of setting up your account. We’ll ask you to enter your full name, a display name and a password so you can sign in and out with ease.
Note: if you’re having trouble finding your email invitation or can’t find your workspace’s Slack URL, go to slack.com/signin/find and enter your email address. We'll send you sign-in links for any workspaces available for you to join.
Set up your profile
Building out your Slack profile with fun facts and a clear profile photo will help other people in your workspace learn more about you. Your profile will have the information you entered when you created your account, but some workspaces may have additional profile fields for you to fill out.
As your company grows, profiles are the easiest way to tell who’s who. You can use profiles to share office locations, managers, even projects you're working on. Read the Edit your profile article in the Help Centre for detailed instructions on how to set yours up.
- In Slack, work happens in channels. Find and join relevant channels in your workspace to make sure you’re getting all the info you need.
- Once you know how to find your channels, learn how to send and read messages.
- Sometimes, direct messages are necessary to carry on a conversation outside of a channel. Learn how to access and start direct messages in your workspace.
Keep learning: find detailed how-to articles in our Help Centre (well, you’re already here!), dig in to our Slack 101 lessons, or learn directly in Slack with Slack Foundry, our free, interactive training app.