Add people to a channel

Work in Slack happens in channels, so it's important to have the right people in them. To add someone to a channel, they must be a member of your workspace (and your org if you're on the Enterprise Grid plan).

Note: Guests only have access to the channels they're added to — not an entire workspace.

 

Send a channel invite

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  1. Open the channel you want to add someone to.
  2. At the top of the screen, click the  Channel Settings icon.
  3. Select Invite new members to join.
  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. Start typing a name to choose people to invite. Then click the  plus icon next to the name of each person you want to add. Screenshot of Slack channel invitation screen
  6. When you're done, press Enter or click Invite.
  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 Invite.
  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.
  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. Tap Invite, then tap the circle next to the names of the people you want to add.
  5. Tap the  arrow.

Tip: Use the /invite slash command to quickly add someone to a channel. Type /invite and the @[display name] of the person you want to add in the message field, then press Enter or select Send.

Note: Workspace Owners and Admins can also set default channels that all new members will automatically be added to upon joining a workspace.

 

Link to a channel

To link to a public channel in a Slack message, type the channel name (e.g., #new-channel). Other members who see your message can click the channel name to preview its contents and join it if they'd like.

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.

 

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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