Set default channels for new members

To help with onboarding, set default shared channels for new members to automatically join.  

Benefits of default channels

  • Welcome and direct new people to the right channels
  • Help new members access important information right away 
  • 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

Free, Standard, and Plus plans

Enterprise Grid plan

Workspace Owners and Admins can manage default channels for their workspace. To be set as a default channel, a channel must be public. 

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. Add channels you'd like 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 manage default channels for their org. To be set as a default channel, it must be shared across the org and be public.

Add default channels

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Administration, then Organization settings from the menu.
  3. Under Settings in the left column, click Shared Channel Settings.
  4. Under Default Channels, click Add a channel.
  5. Select a channel, then click Next.
  6. Choose if you'd like membership to be Optional or Required.
  7. Decide who can post in the channel. Then choose whether members can add threaded replies to messages posted in this channel.
  8. Click Next to review your changes. 
  9. Click Save to finish.

You can repeat this process and set up to 25 default shared channels for your organization.


Edit or remove default channels

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Administration, then Organization settings from the menu.
  3. Under Settings in the left column, click Shared Channel Settings.
  4. Under Default Channels, hover over a channel, then click the  More actions icon to the right.
  5. Click Edit channel settings and make the adjustments you'd like.
  6. Click Next to review your changes. 
  7. Click Save to finish.

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 and Org Owners/Admins can use this feature.
  • Available on free and paid plans.

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