Deactivate a member's account

Teams change, and occasionally members of your workspace may come and go. 🍂
Members can leave a workspace by deactivating their own account, or their account can be deactivated.

Deactivate an account

  1. Visit the Members page at
  2. Click the ▸ arrow next to the person’s current workspace role.
  3. Click Deactivate Account.

Once the member’s account has been deactivated, they will no longer be able to access the Slack workspace and cannot reactivate their own account. Any apps or custom integrations added by the member will also be deactivated.

Keep in mind: To deactivate an Admin's account, you must be an Owner. Similarly, an Owner's account can only be deactivated by the Primary Owner of the workspace. 

Note: You can't delete a member entirely — you can only deactivate their account. This is to make sure your workspace's message history makes sense when you read it back.

Message history for deactivated accounts

Deactivating a member’s account does not delete their messages and files, which remain archived and searchable. Any messages or files that need removal can be deleted before deactivation.

To read the direct message history between you and a former member, open the Quick Switcher (type  + K on Mac or Ctrl + K on Windows) and type the person's name. Then scroll to the bottom of the list and click Show deactivated accounts to find who you're looking for.

Tip: The search modifier in: followed by the person's display name will help you find your direct message history with a former member. 

Reactivate an account

  1. Visit the Members page at, then click the Deactivated tab.
  2. Click the ▸ arrow next to the account you want to reactivate.
  3. Click Enable Account.

Once their account is reactivated, the member will be able to log in normally.

Who can use this feature?
  • Only Workspace Owners and Admins can use this feature.
  • Available to workspaces on free and paid plans.

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