Direct messages and group DMs

Direct messages (DMs) are private, ad hoc conversations between two or more members. DMs are best for quick discussions, like discussing the week’s new hires, or making lunch plans.

You can DM just one person, or start a group direct message (group DM) with up to 8 other people (9 total, including you!). These are useful for short conversations that don't need a whole channel, like planning a surprise party. 🎂

All direct messages are visible and searchable only to members included in the DM.
 

Send a new direct message

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  1. Click the   plus icon next to Direct Messages in your sidebar. This will open the Direct Messages window.
  2. Add the member(s) you’d like to DM. You can scroll to browse a list, or start typing a name to narrow your search.

  3. When you’re finished, press Enter or click Go to start your new DM conversation.Direct_messages_and_group_DMs_-_details.png
  1. Swipe left to right to open the channel list in the left sidebar.
  2. Scroll down, then tap the   plus icon next to the DIRECT MESSAGES header.
  3. Search for the member you’d like to message or select multiple members to start a group DM.
  4. Tap Start to send a message.
  1. Swipe left to right to open the channel list.
  2. Scroll down, then tap the   plus icon next to the DIRECT MESSAGES header.
  3. Search for the member you’d like to message or select multiple members to start a group DM.
  4. Tap Start to send a message.
  1. Tap the   Menu icon in the top right to open the channel list.
  2. Tap the   plus icon next to the Direct Messages header.
  3. Search and tap the member you’d like to message.
  4. Select the   forward arrow to begin your message.

Note: Single-Channel Guests can be added to group DMs but they can't start one on their own. 

Note: You can't add a topic to a direct message at this time. Stay tuned for updates!


Jump to a direct message

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You can use Cmd Shift K on Mac or Ctrl Shift K on Windows to open the Direct Messages menu. Here, you can browse or search recent conversations, or start a new DM.

  1. Swipe from left to right to open the channel list in the left sidebar.
  2. If you know the name(s) of the members in your DM, type them in the Jump to conversation... up top.
  3. Or, you can swipe from right to left to reveal your direct messages.
  1. Swipe from left to right to open the channel list in the left sidebar.
  2. Tap Home.
  3. Select Direct messages.

Swipe left to right to open the channel list in the left sidebar, and scroll down to your Direct Messages.

Add more members to a group message

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  1. From the group DM, click the   show details icon  at the top of the message.
  2. In the Members list, click Add someone.
  1. From the group DM, tap the list of names at the top of the message.
  2. Tap Add Someone.
  1. From the group DM, tap the list of names at the top of the message.
  2. Tap Add Someone.
  1. From the group DM, tap the list of names at the top of the message.
  2. Tap Invite.

Because DMs are private, adding more people will start a new conversation without the previous message history. To maintain message history when new members are added, try moving the group DM to a private channel instead.

Tip: If you have your sidebar organized to only display unread messages, you will not see your ongoing DMs. You can find them by adjusting your settings, or simply searching for the members of your conversation.

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