Delete a channel

Deleting a channel will completely remove the channel and all of its contents from your team's archives.

Note: You can't delete a private channel or the #general channel. However, you can archive a private channel.

Delete a channel

To delete an active channel, use these steps:

  1. Click the   gear icon to open the Channel Settings menu. 
  2. Select Additional options.
  3. Click Delete this channel.
  4. To confirm, click Yes, delete this channel.

Warning: Channels that have been deleted cannot be restored. Proceed with care.

Delete an archived channel

  1. Click the CHANNELS header at the top of your list of channels.
  2. Click Show: All channels and select Archived channels from the dropdown menu.
  3. Select the channel you'd like to delete.
  4. In the channel preview, click the  gear icon, then select Delete #channelname

Files will not be deleted

Deleting a channel will not delete the files that were shared in that channel, nor will it change the visibility of those files. The entire team will still be able to see, access, and re-share files from deleted channels.

Team Owners and Admins can delete files from the Files page at Learn more about Delete shared files in Slack.

Note: Teams on paid plans may have custom message and file retention policies. Check with a Team Admin for more info.

Who can use this feature?
  • Team Owners and Admins can use this feature. 
  • Available to teams on free and paid plans.

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