Move channels between teams

Easily move channels between teams that are connected to your organization. Go ahead, divide and restructure large teams into smaller ones, or reorganize until teams have the right mix of channels. 🚚


How it works

We take care of moving all of the channel’s content: messages (including threads and emoji reactions), files, pinned items, custom retention policies, and even the channel's topic and purpose.

Before moving a channel, here are some things you will need to consider:

  • Apps and custom bots
    Apps and bots will have to be reinstalled once the channel is moved, but a full list will be posted in the channel so people know which ones to set up.
  • Channel membership and access
    Members will lose access to a channel if they aren’t already on the team it's moving to. Before moving channels, we recommend making sure members and Guests are added to the new team to avoid disruption.
  • Private channels 
    Since private channels can be moved, Org Owners/Admins and Team Owners can search and find them even if they are not a member. However, they won’t be able to see the content of the private channel or any of the people in it.

Note: Private channels only appear in the search results if the name searched is an exact match. It’s not possible to browse the full list. 


Move channels to another team

You have two options for moving channels to another team within your organization.
 

Handpick channels

Upload a list of channels

  1. Open Message Archives at https://my.slack.com/archives.
  2. Select channels by clicking the checkbox to the left of the channel.
  3. Click Show selected to review, then Move to….
  4. Choose where you'd like to move the channels by clicking on a team.
  5. Review your selection. If you need to edit, click the  cancel icon.
  6. Click Confirm Move. You’ll be asked to confirm the move one last time. 

That's it! We'll let you know when the channels have finished moving over to the new team.
  1. Open Message Archives at https://my.slack.com/archives.
  2. Click Select from CSV.
  3. Click Download a template and follow the guide. You can also Download a complete list of channels on your team. 
  4. Upload the list of channels you'd like to move: either drag and drop the .CSV file or browse to choose a file from your computer.
  5. Click Show selected to review, then Move to….
  6. Review your selection. If you need to edit, click the  cancel icon.
  7. Click Confirm Move. You’ll be asked to confirm the move one last time. 

That's it! We'll let you know when the channels have finished moving over to the new team.

Note: It's not possible to move shared channels or a team's #general channel.


What to expect after the move

Members can expect a seamless experience when channels move to new teams on the organization.

To let people know about the change, members will see a left arrow icon in the channel list next to the channel that was moved and one last message sharing additional information:

  • What team the channel was moved to.
  • Who to message if you need access to the channel on the new team.
  • Where to find the archived copy of the channel on the original team. It will only include historical content leading up to the time it was moved.

Note: Members can still search and browse the archived content of a channel that moved, but to avoid confusion it can't be unarchived.

Who can use this feature?
  • Team Owners/Admins must have admin roles on both the channel's original and destination team. Org Owners/Admins can move channels to any team on the org.
  • Available on Slack for Enterprise.

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