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 mobile notifications for must-see messages on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Read on to learn how to get started.


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. Open the Slack app.
  2. Tap Sign in
  3. Enter your email address. (We'll be sending you an email!)
  4. On the same mobile device, check your email and tap Confirm Email Address to return to the Slack app.

    If you can’t access your email from your mobile device, tap Sign in manually, then enter your Slack URL and password.
  5. If you have existing accounts, you’ll be signed in to all workspaces associated with this email address. Tap Start using Slack, or Sign In for Enterprise Grid.

    If you don't have an account yet, you'll see the workspaces you're eligible to join. Click Join workspace to create an account.

    If no existing workspaces and no pending invitations are associated with this email, you can tap either Create a new Slack workspace or Try another email address.

 

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:

 

Navigation

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. 

Swipe:

  • 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!

 

Troubleshooting

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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