Deactivate a member's account

Over time, members of your workspace may come and go. You can deactivate members' accounts, or they can leave whenever they choose. 🍂

What happens when an account is deactivated?

  • The member will be logged out and no longer able to sign in.
  • Apps or integrations set up by the member will be disabled.
  • The member's messages and files will still be accessible in Slack.

Note: To preserve your workspace's message history, member accounts can't be entirely deleted from Slack.


Deactivate an account

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Administration from the menu.
  3. Choose Manage members.
  4. Click the ▸ arrow next to the member's role.
  5. Click Deactivate Account.

Keep in mind: To deactivate an Admin's account, you must be a Workspace Owner. To deactivate another Owner's account, you must be the Primary Workspace Owner.

Deactivated accounts and message history

Once deactivated, a member's messages and files will still be accessible in Slack. This is to preserve the workspace's message history and to prevent confusion for other members.

If they'd like, members can choose to delete their individual messages and files before deactivating their accounts.


Reactivate an account

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Administration from the menu.
  3. Choose Manage members.
  4. Click the Deactivated tab on the far right.
  5. Click the ▸ arrow next to the account you want to reactivate.
  6. Click Enable Account.


Once reactivated, the member can immediately sign in to their workspace. They'll have access to any messages sent in channels and direct messages prior to their account being deactivated.

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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