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. Slack for iOS works with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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 team or create your own.

Sign in to a Slack team

  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 team, swipe right until you hit the Teams menu, then tap the  plus icon. Once signed in, you can swipe with three fingers to quickly switch between teams.


Sign out of a Slack team

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

Note: Signing out of a team removes it from the Slack app. Once you have signed out of all your teams, 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: teams, channels, and DMs

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

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Teams menu

Channel list

Direct Messages list


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 Teams menu, channel list and direct messages list.
  • Right to left to open your Account & Settings sidebar.
  • 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 team, and three fingers to the right for the next team.

3D Touch:

  • The app icon to search Slack and change teams.
  • 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, file, comment, #channel link, or @mention to view more messaging and sharing actions.
  • 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, look for instructions to 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. 

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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