Set default channels for new members

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

New members are added to default channels automatically, so they get the info they need right from the start. Default channels like #slack-tips, #company-culture, or #help-benefits, for example, can be useful for onboarding new members and getting everyone on the same page.

 

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

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left. workspace_menu
  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.

Note that a channel must be shared across the entire Slack Enterprise Org to be added as a default channel.

Add a default channel

  1. From your desktop, sign in to your Slack Enterprise Grid, then click Organization settings.
  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, then click Organization settings.
  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 access this feature. 
  • Available on free and paid plans.

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