Add people to a channel

Work in Slack happens in channels, which are housed in your Slack workspace. A channel is a single place to share messages, tools, and files. 

Full and invited members, as well as guests, can be added to channels. Guests will only have access to channels they're added to, not an entire workspace or Enterprise Grid org. 

Tip: When you add an invited member to a channel, they'll receive email notifications of @mentions and can continue conversations in Slack once they accept their invitation to join a workspace.

 

Add people to channels

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  1. Open a channel.
  2. At the top of the screen, click the  Channel Settings icon.
  3. Select Add people to [channel-name].
  4. If you're adding people to a private channel, Slack will ask whether new members should be able to see the channel history when they join. Read more about this below.
  5. Start typing a name to select members. Then click the  plus icon next to the name of each person you want to add.
    Screenshot showing the process of adding people to a Slack channel
  6. When you're done, press Enter or click Add.

💡Or, use the /invite slash command to quickly add one person to a channel. Type /invite and their display name in the message field, then press Enter or select Send.

  1. Swipe right to open the channel list.
  2. Open the channel you want to add someone to. 
  3. Tap the channel name at the top of the screen.
  4. If you're sending invites to a private channel, Slack will ask whether new members should be able to see the channel history when they join. Read more about this below.
  5. Tap Add Someone, then tap the circle next to the names of the people you want to add.
  6. Tap Invite.

💡Or, use the /invite slash command to quickly add one person to a channel. Type /invite and their display name in the message field, then tap Send.

  1. Swipe right to open the channel list.
  2. Open the channel you want to invite someone to.
  3. Tap the channel name at the top of the screen.
  4. If you're sending invites to a private channel, Slack will ask whether new members should be able to see the channel history when they join. Read more about this below.
  5. Tap Add Someone, then tap the circle next to the names of the people you want to add.
  6. Tap Done.

💡Or, use the /invite slash command to quickly add one person to a channel. Type /invite and their display name in the message field, then tap Send.

Tip: If you're on a paid plan, you can create a user group and use /invite @usergroup to add everyone in the group to a channel at once.

 

Add groups to channels

While there isn't currently a way to add people to channels in bulk, the options below may help.

Link to a channel

To link to a public channel in a Slack message, type the channel name (e.g., #new-channel). Members of the channel where you posted your message can then visit the new channel and join if they want.

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Note: If you're on Enterprise Grid, make sure the channels you're referencing have been shared across workspaces. Otherwise, the channel names won't be linked.


Set default channels

Owners and Admins can set default channels that all new members will automatically be added to upon joining a workspace. This is a great way to welcome people to Slack, help new members access important information quickly, and share relevant company-wide information.

See Set default channels for new members for all the details.

 

Private channel history

You have two options when inviting someone to a private channel: you can add them to your existing private channel or start a new private channel. Adding someone to an existing private channel gives them access to the channel's history.

If you choose to start a new channel, the existing channel will be renamed and archived. Your new private channel will include all members of the archived channel and the new person you invited. Everyone except the newly-added member will see a link to the original channel's archive.

Who can use this feature?
  • All members and Multi-Channel Guests
  • FreeStandardPlus, and Enterprise Grid plans

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