Make calls in Slack

Sometimes it helps to talk about things. With Slack calls, you can make a voice or video call with any member of your workspace. 📞 📹

Tip: are you new to Slack calls, or just need a refresher? Review some of the basics (features, availability, call actions) and become a pro. 🙌

Note: If you ever need some extra help with Slack’s calling features, take a look at our troubleshooting guide.

 

Start a call 

On any subscription, a member can start a call with one other member via a direct message (DM). To start a call from a group DM or a channel, a workspace must be on one of our paid subscriptions. For calls between more than two people, there can be a total of 15 participants.

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From a direct message

  1. Open a direct message.
  2. Click the  phone icon in the top right.
  3. Your call will start straight away and the member you’re calling will receive a pop-up notification.

    You can also click the   camera icon to start a video call and even share your screen if your workspace is on a paid subscription. 

Note: If using do not disturb, the member you’re calling will see a missed call notification in a direct message.


From a channel

  1. Open a channel and click the  phone icon in the top right corner.
  2. Confirm you want to start a call. Give the call a name if you like and then click Start new call.Screen_Shot_2017-07-17_at_11.57.12_AM.png
  3. Your call will be posted to the channel and any member (up to 15 in total) can join by clicking Join this call.

    You can also click the   camera icon to start a video call and even share your screen if your workspace is on a paid subscription. 

Tip: Use an @here or @channel mention to notify channel members before or after you start the call.

  1. Tap the channel or direct message name to open the channel or conversation info.
  2. Tap Start a call.
  1. Tap the channel or direct message name to open the channel or conversation info.
  2. Tap Start a call.

Note: Need a shortcut for making calls? We’ve got a slash command for that! Use /call in a DM or channel to start a call.

 

Share and invite others to a call

If you’re a member of a workspace on a paid subscription, you can share calls in channels and invite others to join them.

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Invite other members to a call

To invite a specific member to join your current call, follow these steps:

  1. Click the  plus icon in the top right corner of the call window.
  2. Start typing a member’s name to filter the list.
  3. Select a member to invite.

Share a call in a channel

If you want to share a call in other channels, here’s how:

  1. Click the  plus icon in the top right corner of the call window.
  2. Click Share this call.
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  3. Select a channel from the drop-down menu and click Share. Or to get a call link you can manually post to a channel, click Copy link.
  1. Tap Invite.
  2. Tap the names of the people you want to invite to the call.
  3. Tap Invite again.
  1. Tap the   Add user icon.
  2. Tap the names of the people you want to invite to the call.
  3. Tap Invite again.

 

Join a call

Answer a direct message call

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When another member calls you in a one-to-one or group DM, you’ll see a pop-up call notification. Click the green  phone icon to answer the call.

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Tap the green  phone icon to answer the call.
  1. Tap Answer from the pop-up notification or on the call message in the direct message.
  2. Tap the   phone icon.

Join a channel call

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Click Join this call from the in-channel invitation. A call window will open where you can see who else is on the call and who is speaking.call-full-layout.png

 

Tap Join this call from the channel where the call is taking place.
Tap Join this call from the channel where the call is taking place.

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