Browse and join channels

Every Slack team can have designated channels that team members join by default. However, your team will also have other channels you can browse and join. 

Browse your team's channels

To browse your team's channels:




Windows Phone

  1. Click the Channels header in the left sidebar. 

  2. This will open the channel browser, where you can search, sort, and explore all the channels on your team.
  1. Swipe left to right to open the channel list in the left sidebar.
  2. Tap Jump to conversation.
  3. Scroll down and tap a channel you’re not a member of.
  4. Browse the channel, or tap Join Channel.
  1. Swipe left to right to open the channel list in the left sidebar.
  2. Scroll down and tap the   plus icon next to the CHANNELS header.
  3. Tap a channel name to preview it.
  4. Tap Join to become a member.
  1. Tap the   Menu icon in the top right to open the channel list.
  2. Tap the   plus icon next to the Channels header to open the channel browser. From here, you can search and explore all channels on your team.
  3. Tap the channel name to automatically join.

Tip: You can also open the channel browser with Shift L (Mac) or Ctrl Shift L (Windows).

Note: On paid teams, Guest accounts are able to join both public and private channels by invitation only, and cannot browse or search open team channels.


Preview and join channels

When you select a new channel via the channel browser or the Quick Switcher, you can preview the channel's activity before joining.

To join, just click Join Channel or press Enter.

Note: Private channels can only be seen and browsed by the channel's members. See Invite team members to a channel for more.

Channel recommendations

When you join a new channel, Slackbot will often suggest other, similar channels to join based on your team's activity. 

On paid teams, Slackbot will also occasionally send you personalized recommendations via direct message to help you discover new topics and decide which channels to consider starring, or leaving

If you prefer not to receive Slackbot recommendations, you can opt out by tapping the Disable Suggestions button in the message, or you can change your Preferences

Shortcuts and commands

  • Use the Quick Switcher to search for channels by name: just use K on Mac or Ctrl K on PC.
  • If you know the name of a channel you'd like to join, use the /join command. This will skip channel preview and add you to the channel instantly.

Learn more about a channel

Need to know more about a channel, or view its members? Click the show details icon    for any channel or direct message to view the details pane.

Here, you’ll find out details about the channel, including the purpose, pinned items, channel members, shared files, and more.

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