Move channels between workspaces on Enterprise Grid

As an Enterprise Grid org changes or grows, Org Owners/Admins and Workspace Owners/Admins can move channels between workspaces. This can help break up large workspaces, or simply reshuffle channels to the right workspaces. 


How it works

We'll take care of moving the entire channel, including messages (and their threads and emoji reactions), files, pinned items, custom retention policies, and even the channel's topic and purpose. Before getting started, have a look at the details below.


Who can move channels

  • Org Owners and Admins can move channels to any workspace, but they must also have an admin role on the channel's original workspace. 
  • Workspace Owners and Admins must have admin roles on both the channel's original and destination workspace.


What 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 workspace it's moving to. Before moving channels, we recommend making sure members and guests are added to the new workspace to avoid disruption.
  • Private channels 
    Since private channels can be moved, Workspace 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. For help, ask members for the name of any private channels they'd like moved to another new workspace.


Move channels to another workspace

There are two options for moving channels to another workspace within an organization: handpick them or upload a list.
 

Handpick channels

Upload a list of channels

  1. Open the Move Channels page at my.slack.com/admin/channels.
  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 workspace.
  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. 

We'll let you know once the move is complete. 🚚
  1. Open the Move Channels page at my.slack.com/admin/channels.
  2. Click Select from CSV.
  3. Click Download a template and follow the guide. You can also select Download a complete list of channels to see all public channels on your workspace (private and shared channels not included). 
  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. 

We'll let you know once the move is complete. 🚚

Note: Multi-workspace channels or #general channels can't be moved.


What to expect after the move

Moving channels within an organization is a seamless experience for members. To let people know about the change, Slackbot will direct message the channel's members with additional information:

  • Which workspace the channel was moved to (names of hidden workspaces aren't mentioned)
  • Any additional messaging included by the admin who initiated the move, such as who to contact if members need access to the destination workspace 
Who can use this feature?
  • Workspace Owners/Admins and Org Owners/Admins 
  • Available on the Enterprise Grid plan

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