Create a shared channel

Shared channels connect one or many unique Slack teams in your organization's Slack Enterprise Grid. For different groups of people working together, shared channels make team communication cohesive, seamless, and efficient. Powerful!💥

How they work

  • A shared channel can be used by more than one team on your organization to get work done. The channel creator decides who has access: either a set of specific teams or all teams within the org.
  • Shared channels can also be private so individual teams with access can work together in confidence.

Tip: When a channel is shared with more than one team, all members will see the  shared channel icon next to its name.

Note: Learn how Org Owners/Admins can Manage shared channel creation.

Create a shared channel

Only members with permission can create shared channels.

Here's how:

  1. Click your team name to open the Team Menu.
  2. Select Shared channels, then click New Shared Channel.
  3. Choose who can access your shared channel. A public shared channel can be accessed by anyone on the organization, but a private shared channel is limited to only the people you invite to it.
  4. Choose who to share the channel with. You can make it available to all teams in your organization or just to specific teams.
  5. Give the shared channel a name. You can also include a brief description of what the channel is for.
  6. Click Create Shared Channel to finish.

Apps and bots: Some apps and custom bots may not be available in shared channels. Get in touch with us for more information — we're happy to help! 

Convert an existing channel

Only members with permission can convert existing channels into shared channels. All channels except for your team's #general channel can be converted.

Here's how:

  1. Click the  gear icon to open the Channel Settings menu.
  2. Click Additional options...
  3. Select Convert this channel to a shared channel.
  4. Decide who can access the shared channel. You can also update the channel name or add a channel purpose to let others know what the channel is for.
  5. Click Convert to Shared Channel to finish.

Please use care: It's not possible to unshare channels at this time.

Who can use this feature?
  • Org Owners and Admins can give access to all members except for Guests.
  • Available on Slack for Enterprise.

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