Archive a channel

Archiving a channel removes it from the list of active conversations on your Slack team. The channel isn’t open for new activity, but the history is retained for easy browsing and searching.

When a channel is archived, here's what you can expect:

  • The channel name will have the  archive icon next to it
  • All members can still browse the conversation history at
  • Messages from the archived channel will still appear in search results

Note: You can delete public channels (except for the #general channel), if you'd prefer.

To archive a channel:




Windows Phone

  1. Click the  gear icon to open the Channel Settings menu.
  2. Select Additional options.
  3. Click Archive this channel.
  1. Tap the channel name on the header to view the channel details menu.
  2. Tap Archive.
  1. Tap the channel name on the header to view the channel details menu.
  2. Tap Archive under the Advanced section.
  3. On the next screen, tap Archive to confirm.
Sorry, it's not currently possible to archive a channel on Windows Phone. Please stay tuned for updates! 

Note: The #general channel cannot be archived.

View an archived channel

You can view a list of all your team channels on the Message Archives page. To browse archived channels, click the Archived Channels tab.

Archived channels can be un-archived anytime by any team member by clicking unarchive next to the channel name. Team Owners can change this setting at

Who can use this feature?
  • By default, all members except for Guests can use this feature.
  • Available to teams on free and paid plans.

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