Set default channels for new members

You can set default channels that people automatically join when they become a member of your workspace or Enterprise Grid organization.

If you allow members to automatically join your workspace or Enterprise Grid org using their work email address or single sign-on, then selecting default channels — like #slack-tips, #company-culture, or #help-benefits, for example — can be especially useful for onboarding and getting everyone on the same page.


Select default channels

You can only select public channels and public shared channels (beta) as default channels. Here’s how:

Free, Standard, and Plus plans

Enterprise Grid plan

Here's how Workspace Owners and Admins can select default channels:

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left. workspace_menu
  2. Select Workspace settings from the menu.
  3. Next to Default Channels, click Expand.
  4. Start typing channel names that want new members to join automatically by default.
  5. That's it!

Note that a channel must be shared across the entire Slack Enterprise Org to be added as a default channel. Here's how Org Owners and Admins can add default channels:

  1. From your desktop, sign in to your Slack Enterprise Grid, then click Manage Organization.
  2. Under Settings, click Shared Channel Settings.
  3. Under Default Channels, click Add a channel.
  4. Select a channel.
  5. Choose whether channel membership will be Optional or Required.
  6. Click Save.

You can repeat this process to set as many default shared channels as you'd like.

Tip: Default channels can also be customized whenever you send an invitation to your workspace. Visit Invite new members to your Slack workspace for details.

Note: Remember, all members belong to #general and it cannot be removed from the default channel list.

Who can use this feature?
  • Workspace Owners/Admins can access this feature. 
  • Available on free and paid plans.

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