Browse and join channels

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

Browse your workspace's channels

Here's how to browse your workspace's public channels:




Windows Phone

  1. Click the Channels section header in the left sidebar.
  2. This will let you browse, search, sort, and explore all the public channels in your workspace. 

  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 in your workspace.
  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: For workspaces on paid plans, Guest accounts can join public and private channels by invitation only, but they can't browse or search for other channels.


Preview and join channels

When you select a new channel, you can scroll through its activity before joining. You'll see an icon next to a channel's name to let you know what type it is:

From your desktop, you can also click   See more details to view a channel’s high-level overview in the channel details pane. You’ll see a preview of the channel's purpose, its most active members, when it was created, and any other related channels you may also want to join or check out.

To join a channel, click Join Channel or press Enter.

Note: Private channels can only be seen and browsed by the channel's members. See Invite 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 activity.These messages can't be disabled, but they're only visible to you. Here's an example for a member who's just joined the #all-hands-and-events channel:

For workspaces on paid plans, member's also have the option to receive channel suggestions via Slackbot. If you prefer not to receive Slackbot recommendations, you can opt out by tapping the Disable Suggestions button in the message, or you can adjust your preferences:

  1. From your desktop, click your workspace name in the top left.
  2. Select Preferences from the menu.
  3. Uncheck the box next to Send me occasional channel suggestions via Slackbot.

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

On your desktop, you can click the   Show Channel Details icon while viewing any channel to see the channel details pane.

In addition to the channel details (its purpose, creation date, and the most active members), you'll also see pinned items, a list of all members, shared files, and key insights including most active members, related channels, and channel highlights.

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