Set your Slack status and availability

To keep work moving forward, it's helpful to let your team know what you're up to and how quickly you can respond to messages. Slack has a couple of ways to share your whereabouts and indicate your availability to other members.

Status vs. Availability

  • Your status is a customizable message you can set to let your workspace know what you're up to. 
  • Your availability indicates whether or not you're currently active in Slack

Tip: Are you an Admin? Check out customizing status suggestions for your workspace.  


Update your status

When you set a status, you can choose from five suggested options, or enter a custom one (up to 100 characters). We’ll show your status emoji next to your display name, and your full status will show in your profile. If you don’t select an emoji, we’ll display 💬to let members know you've set a status.

Set your status

Desktop

iOS

Android

Windows Phone

  1. Click your workspace name in the top left to open the menu.Team_Menu.png
  2. Hover on Set a status.
  3. Select an emoji and enter a status or select from one of the suggested options.

When you hover on your status emoji, your full status will display above it: status_message.png

Tip: In a hurry? Type /status to quickly set or clear your status.

  1. Open the right sidebar by swiping your screen from right to left.
  2. Tap Set a Status.
  3. Enter your status or select one of the suggested options. 
  4. Tap Done when you're finished.
  1. Tap the   Overflow menu in the top right corner.
  2. Tap Set a Status.
  3. Enter your status or select from one of the default options.
  4. Tap Save when you're finished.
  1. Tap the   More actions icon in the top right corner. 
  2. Tap Set a status.
  3. Enter your status or select from one of the default options.
  4. Tap the Save button.

Note: If you use one of Slack's preset statuses, other members will see your status displayed in their own selected language. However, any custom status you enter will display in the language you type it in.

Note: To prevent revealing potentially sensitive information about your organization, members' custom statuses are not displayed within shared channels (beta)

Edit or clear your status

Once you've set a status, it will remain unchanged until you edit or clear it. To edit or clear your status, follow the instructions below.

Desktop

iOS

Android

Windows Phone

  1. Click your workspace name in the top left to open the menu.Team_Menu.png
  2. Hover on Edit status
  3. Enter or select a new status, or click the    to clear status
  1. Open the right sidebar by swiping your screen from right to left.
  2. Tap the current status, like Commuting or Working remotely, for example.  
  3. You can tap Clear Status or set a new one. To set a new status, select a suggested option or enter your own custom status.
  4. Tap Done in the top right corner to save your changes.
  1. Tap the   Overflow menu in the top-right corner. 
  2. Tap Edit Status.
  3. Make your changes and tap Save.
  1. Tap the   More actions icon in the top-left corner
  2. Tap your current status.
  3. Tap the   close icon next to your status to clear it, and enter a new status if you'd like. 
  4. Tap Save at the top right to finish.

 

Availability in Slack

We keep availability simple — members are either active or away

From the dot next to your name, your teammates will know whether you're active, away, or in Do Not Disturb (DND) mode. When you launch Slack, you'll also see when you're connecting

Active

Connecting

Away

Do Not Disturb

Note: Remember that guests' activity indicators are shaped differently.


How Slack determines your availability 

Desktop

Web browser

Mobile

In our desktop apps, you’ll appear active whenever Slack is open and you're interacting with your computer. After 30 minutes of inactivity, Slack will automatically change your status to away. You’ll appear active once you start interacting with your computer again.
You'll appear active whenever you're interacting with Slack in your web browser. After 30 minutes of browser inactivity, you'll be marked as away. As soon as you re-engage with Slack in your browser, your availability will update to active again.
In our mobile apps, you'll appear active when the Slack app is open. When you switch to another app, close the Slack app, or lock your screen, you'll remain active in Slack for 30 seconds before updating to away.

Note: Being away from Slack is not the same as being an inactive member. We automatically determine inactive members and list them at my.slack.com/admin. Learn more in Fair Billing Policy.


Set your availability

Slack automatically determines your availability, but you can also choose to set it yourself. For example, let's say you'd like to appear as away, but still keep the Slack app open. Here's how: 

Desktop

iOS

Android

Windows Phone

  1. Click your workspace name in the top left to open the window.Team_Menu.png
  2. From the menu, select Set yourself to away.

You'll appear as away until you open the menu again and select [Away] Set yourself to active.

  1. Open the right sidebar by swiping your screen from right to left.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Next to Your Availability, tap the toggle to set yourself active or away.
  4. Tap the   close icon in the top left corner to finish.
  1. Tap the  Overflow menu in the top-right corner.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Next to Availability, tap the toggle to set yourself active or away.
  4. Tap the   back arrow in the top left to finish.
  1. Tap the   More actions icon in the top-right corner.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Under Online presence, tap the menu to choose between active and away.
  4. Tap the   back arrow at the bottom left to finish.

Tip: Type /away and /active in the message field to quickly update your availability.

Note: There is no way to set yourself as permanently active.


View members' availability

There are a few places in Slack where you can see your teammates' status emojis (if they have a status set) and their availability.

Desktop

iOS

Android

Windows Phone

From the directory

  1. Click the  More Items menu at top right.
  2. Select Directory.

A solid dot shows the member is active; an empty dot indicates they're away. An emoji next to their name indicates they have a status set — click into their profile to see it.


From direct messages and the details pane

You can also view the availability of your teammates in your left sidebar:

  1. Navigate to your left sidebar.
  2. Tap the   plus icon next to Direct Messages to view everyone on your team.

You can also see this information from the Members section of the channel details

  1. From a channel, click the  Show Channel Details icon.
  2. From the right sidebar, click Members.
From the directory
  1. Swipe right to left to open the right sidebar.
  2. Tap Directory.

A solid dot shows the member is active; an empty dot means they're away. An emoji next to their name indicates they have a status set — tap into their profile to see it.


From direct messages

You can also view the availability of your teammates from the Direct Messages section in your left sidebar:
  1. Swipe from left to right to open the channel list.
  2. Tap the   plus icon next to Direct Messages to view everyone on your team.

From the directory

  1. Tap the   Overflow menu icon at the top right.
  2. Tap Directory.

A solid dot shows the member is active; an empty dot indicates they're away. An emoji next to their name indicates they have a status set — tap into their profile to see it.


From direct messages

You can also view the availability of your teammates from the Direct Messages section in your left sidebar:
  1. Tap your workspace name in the top left corner.
  2. Tap the  plus icon next to Direct Messages to view everyone on your team.  
  1. Tap the   Menu icon in the top right to open the channel list.
  2. Tap the  plus icon next to Direct Messages to view everyone on your team.

A solid dot shows the member is active; an empty dot means they're away. An emoji next to their name indicates they have a status set — tap into their profile to see it.

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