Slack for iOS

Slack for iOS lets you collaborate with the people you work with even when you’re on the move. Download the app for access to your channels and DMs, and get push notifications for must-see messages on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Read on to learn how to get started with Slack for iOS, and look out for iOS-specific instructions throughout the Help Center to guide you through common tasks in Slack.

Download the Slack app

  1. Find Slack in the App Store.
  2. Tap the Get button. Or, if you’ve downloaded Slack before, tap Open.
  3. Tap Open to launch Slack. If you’ve exited the App Store, find the Slack icon and tap it to launch the app. 🚀

Note: If you’re having trouble downloading or running Slack for iOS, read about the technical requirements for Slack apps for computers, phones & tablets.


The basics

Let’s go over setting up Slack on your iOS device. Before you can sign in, you’ll need to join a Slack workspace or create your own.

Sign in to a Slack workspace

  1. On your mobile device, open the Slack app.
  2. Enter your Slack URL, then click Continue.
  3. Tap Type password, then enter your password and tap Next.

Or, tap Send magic link and check your email! When the email arrives, click the Sign in to Slack button. The link expires in 24 hours and can only be used to sign in once. 🔗 ✨ Click Launch Slack to open your mobile app.

Tip: To sign in to another workspace, swipe right until you hit the Workspaces menu, then tap the  plus icon. Once signed in, you can swipe with three fingers to quickly switch between workspaces.


Sign out of a Slack workspace

  1. Swipe left to right until you see the Workspaces menu.
  2. Tap the  More actions icon to the right of the workspace you wish to remove.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Sign out of [workspace name].

Note: Signing out of a workspace removes it from the Slack app. Once you have signed out of all your workspaces, you will be signed out of Slack on your iOS device.

💡 What’s next? Look for iOS instructions to help you manage your profile and settings:



Left sidebar: workspaces, channels, and DMs

Swipe right to open the left sidebar, where you can access three panels: your workspaces, your channel list, and your recent direct message conversations. Swipe left or right to move between them.

Right sidebar: actions and settings 

Swipe left to open the right sidebar, where you can: 

  • Set a Status
  • Snooze Notifications
  • Check your Activity
  • View your Starred Items
  • Browse Your Files
  • View your Directory
  • Update your details with Edit Profile
  • Manage your Settings


Multi-touch gestures

Move around more quickly in Slack using gestures on the touchscreen. 


  • Left to right to open the workspaces menu, channel list and direct messages list.
  • Right to left to open your Account & Settings sidebar.
  • Down on any notification to send a quick reply.
  • With two fingers to the left for the previous channel or conversation, and with two fingers to the right for the next channel or conversation.
  • With three finger to the left for the previous workspace, and three fingers to the right for the next workspace.

3D Touch:

  • The app icon to search Slack and change workspaces.
  • The channel list or DM list to preview a conversation.
  • A URL to preview the linked website.
  • A link to a #channel to preview that channel.
  • An @mention to view that member’s profile.

Touch and hold:

  • A message, comment, #channel link, or @mention to view more messaging and sharing actions
  • A filephoto, or video shared in your workspace to download and save the item to your device.
  • A URL to view a menu of sharing options.


Using Slack for iOS

Now that you’re signed in and know your way around, let’s get to work! Throughout the Help Center, you'll find instructions for using Slack features on your iOS device. Here are some tasks to get you started.

Note: As useful as posts, snippets, and custom emojis are, you are not currently able to create them in Slack for iOS. Stay tuned for updates!



Having trouble? Here's what to try first:

  • Restart the app: double-press the Home button to see your most recently used apps, find the Slack app, and swipe up to close it. Tap the app icon on your Home screen to restart.
  • Reset the app cache: swipe left to open the right sidebar. Tap Settings, Advanced, then Reset Cache.
  • Turn your device off, then on again. 

Tip: Don't see the help you need on this page? That's because we're only getting started! Be sure to also search the Help Center for the action or topic you're looking for. 

If push notifications don't arrive

Slack won't send you a push notification if you've already seen the message on another device. If you think you’re not getting push notifications when you should, you can try the following:

  • Test your notifications: swipe left to open the right sidebar. Tap Settings, Push Notifications, then Test Notification System.
  • Quit Slack on your desktop computer. Push notifications should then begin to come through on your mobile device.

Need help? Drop us a line with the details. We'll be happy to help troubleshoot! 💁

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