Set your Slack status

Since you can receive notifications and access Slack on the go, we keep statuses simple — team members are either active or away.

The dot next to your name displays your current status:

Active

Connecting

Away

Do Not Disturb

 

Change your status

You can set your status to away while keeping Slack open:

Desktop

iOS

Android

Windows Phone

  1. Click your team name to open the Team Menu.
  2. Select Set yourself to away.

You will be marked as away until you open the menu again and select [Away] Set yourself to active. Members of your team won't be able to see whether you manually set yourself away or are simply inactive.

  1. Swipe left to open the right sidebar.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Next to Your Availability, tap the toggle to set yourself active or away.
  4. Tap the   left arrow button at top left to finish up!
  1. Tap the overflow menu at top right.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Next to Availability, tap the toggle to set yourself online or away.
  4. Tap the   left arrow button at top left. That's it!
  1. Tap the   overflow menu at top right.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Under Status, tap the menu to choose between Active and Away.
  4. Tap the   at the bottom left to finish.

Note: Learn more about how to set Do Not Disturb hours for yourself.


How Slack determines activity

Desktop

Mobile

Slack app
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 be marked as being active again when you come back and interact with your computer.

Web browser
You'll appear active whenever you're interacting with Slack in a web browser. After 30 minutes of browser inactivity, you will be marked away. As soon as you re-engage with Slack in the browser, your status will be marked as being active.

In our mobile apps, you'll appear active when the Slack app is open. When you switch to another app, you remain active in Slack for 30 seconds. You'll then appear away.


View a team member’s status

Desktop

iOS

Android

Windows Phone

Visit your team's Directory for an overview showing the status of all team members. Just click the  More Items menu at top right and select Directory.

A solid dot shows the team member is active; a empty dot indicates they're away.

Active

Away


You can also view a team member’s status in the Direct Messages list in the left sidebar, and in the channel details pane.

Direct Messages list

Members list in the details pane

    1. Swipe left to open the right sidebar.
    2. Tap Directory.

A solid dot shows the team member is active; an empty dot means they're away.

You can also open the channel list to view the status of team members. Just swipe left to right. You can tap the   plus icon next to Direct Messages to view everyone on your team.

  1. Tap the   overflow menu at top right.
  2. Tap Directory.

A solid dot shows the team member is active; an empty dot indicates they're away.

You can also open the channel list to view the status of team members. Just tap your team name at top left. You can tap the   plus icon next to Direct Messages to view everyone on your team.

Although there's no way to view the Directory in the mobile app yet, you can tap the channel list icon at top left to view recent direct messages with status alongside. A solid dot shows the team member is active; an empty dot means they're away.

Tap the   plus icon next to Direct Messages to view everyone on your team.


Icons and team roles

The shape of a team member's activity indicator indicates their team role:

  • Circle — Team Owner, Admin, or regular team member
  • Square — Multi-Channel Guest
  • Triangle — Single-Channel Guest
  • Heart — Slackbot

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