Multi-Channel and Single-Channel Guests
Some members of your Slack team — like contractors, interns, or clients — may only need access to certain channels. These team members can be invited as a Multi-Channel or Single-Channel Guest.
Tip: Guests can join channels by invitation only, so access to other channels and information is limited.
Billing for Guest accounts
Guest accounts are available only for paid teams and can be either Multi-Channel or Single-Channel.
Multi-Channel Guests have access to only the channels you specify. They're billed as regular team members and can be added to an unlimited number of channels.
Single-Channel Guests are free and have access to just one channel. you can add up to five per paid member of your team. For example, let's say your team has 10 members — that means you can invite up to 50 Single-Channel Guests!
Add a Guest to your team
📨 Invite a new Guest
🔀 Change a team member’s role to Guest
⏰ Set a deactivation time for Guest accounts
For all Guest accounts, you can determine how long they’ll have access to your team: choose to automatically deactivate a Guest account after a certain amount of time, set a custom deactivation date and time, or allow an account to have access indefinitely.
For example, Shannon is on a 6-month contract with Acme Corp. Her contract ends in mid-May, so her Single-Channel Guest account has a custom deactivation date of May 15.
Manage a Guest’s channels
- Click your team name to open the Team Menu
- Select Manage team members.
- On the Team Members page, click the Guests tab.
- For a Single-Channel Guest, locate the team member and click their current channel to edit it.
- For Multi-Channel Guests, click the down arrow next to the team member. Then click the plus icon to give them access to a channel, or click the x icon on one of their current channels to remove them.
Tip: Multi-Channel Guests have a square activity indicator next to their names, while Single-Channel Guests have a triangle icon.
What can Guests do?
- View message history and access files shared in the channel(s) they can access
- See team members (including bots) who are in the same channel(s) and send them a direct message (DM) or group DM 1
- See other team members and their profile information
- Make @channel, @here and @everyone announcements
- Post in the #general channel (as long as they have access to this channel)
What can't Guests do?
- Use custom or integration slash commands 2
- Create, rename, archive, or delete channels 3
- Remove other team members from channels
- Create, edit, disable, or @mention, and be added to User Groups
- Create or make changes to apps or custom integrations
- Set channel topics and purposes
- Access team statistics Add custom emoji, Slackbot responses, or team loading messages
- Access the IRC/XMPP gateways
1. Single-Channel Guests can't start a group DM.
2. Multi-Channel Guests can use custom or integration slash commands if a Team Owner has enabled this preference.
3. By default, Multi-Channel Guests can create private channels.
Note: Guests can only join private channels if they're invited. Once they've joined, Multi-Channel Guests can invite team members from other channels they've joined or from direct messages. Single-Channel Guests can't invite others to a private channel.
View Guest profiles in your team's directory
When you add a Guest account to your team, a new profile will auto-populate in your team’s Directory with the following information:
- Which Team Owner or Admin invited the guest
- Which channel(s) the guest has access to
- If a time limit is set, the date a guest account will be deactivated
To view a Guest's profile, use the steps below:
- Click the More Items menu in the top right.
- Select Directory.
- Enter a guest’s name in the Search members field.
Note: Guest profile fields aren't available for mobile apps yet, but we'll be rolling them out soon. Stay tuned! 📻