Customize your team's status suggestions

Whether you're in a meeting, working from home, or heading on a vacation to Fiji, you can set a status in Slack and let your team know what you're up to. As an Admin, you can even set default status suggestions for your team.

Tip: Status suggestions make it easier for members to quickly set their status. ✨


Set default statuses for your team

All members have five default options to choose from when setting their status in Slack. Here's how to customize status suggestions for your team:

  1. Click your team name in the top-left corner to open the menu.
  2. Click Customize Slack.
  3. Select Statuses.
  4. Customize the status options, and don’t forget to choose a corresponding emoji!


Once you’ve set custom default statuses, members can choose from your suggested options or enter their own custom status.

Note: Any statuses that members currently have set won't be changed until they update or clear them


Tips for creating status suggestions

🎯  Choose emojis wisely: For each default status you create, select an emoji that clearly illustrates it.  

💇   Keep ‘em short: Make default statuses short enough that team members can use the suggestions and add to them. 

🤗  Be inclusive: Avoid acronyms, terms, and phrases not everyone on your team is familiar with.

Tip: Want to read more? Learn about how to set your status in Slack.   

Who can use this feature?
  • Team Owners and Admins can access this feature.
  • Available to teams on free and paid plans.

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