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.

Benefits of default channels

  • New members are added to default channels automatically
  • Everyone gets the info they need right when they join your workspace
  • New employees are instantly onboarded to company culture, policy, and benefits channels 

Tip: On the Enterprise Grid plan, you have the option to make default channels optional or required. For example, you may want to make company culture channels optional, but your mandatory health and safety channel would be 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

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.

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.
  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 access this feature. 
  • Available on free and paid plans.

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