Set default channels for new members

To help onboard new members, you can set default channels for them to automatically join. 

Benefits of default channels

  • Welcome and direct new people to the right places when they join 
  • Help new members access important information right away 
  • Onboard and educate members about company culture, policies, and benefits

Tip: On the Enterprise Grid plan, you can make default channels optional or required. (E.g., your company culture channels are optional, but your mandatory health and safety channel are required.)  


Manage 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

Workspace Owners and admins can add or remove default channels for their workspace.

Add default channels

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Administration, then click Workspace settings from the menu.
  3. Next to Default Channels, click Expand.
  4. Type names of channels that you want new members to join by default.
  5. Click Save to finish.

Remove default channels

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Administration, then click Workspace settings from the menu.
  3. Next to Default Channels, click Expand.
  4. Click the small white x to the right of a channel name to remove it.
  5. Click Save to finish.

Org Owners and Admins can add or edit default channels for their organization. A channel must be shared across the entire org to be set as a default channel.

Add a default channel

  1. From your desktop, sign in to your Slack Enterprise Grid.
  2. Under Settings, click Shared Channel Settings.
  3. Under Default Channels, click Add a channel.
  4. Select a channel, then click Next.
  5. Choose if you'd like channel membership to be Optional or Required.
  6. Choose who can post in the channel, and whether anyone can add a threaded reply to messages posted in the channel. 
  7. Click Next to review your changes. 
  8. Click Save.

You can repeat this process to set up a maximum of 25 default shared channels on your organization.


Edit default channel settings

  1. From your desktop, sign in to your Slack Enterprise Grid.
  2. Under Settings, click Shared Channel Settings.
  3. Under Default Channels, hover over a channel and click the  More actions icon to the left.
  4. Click Edit channel settings, and choose your settings.
  5. Click Next to review your changes. 
  6. Click Save.

Tip: Default channels can also be customized when sending invitations to your workspace. Visit Invite new members to your Slack workspace for details.

Note: All members belong to the #general channel. It can't be removed from the default channel list.

Who can use this feature?
  • Workspace Owners/Admins can set default channels. Org Owners/Admins can default shared channels.
  • Available on free and paid plans.

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