Convert a channel to private

If a channel's conversation is better suited for a closed audience, Owners and Admins can convert the channel to private. This type of channel is best for discussions that shouldn't be open to everyone.

Before getting started

  • Only Workspace Owners/Admins and Org Owners/Admins can convert a channel to private, and they'll need to be a member of the channel to do so. If you're not an Owner or Admin, contact one for help.
  • The #general channel cannot be converted to a private channel.
  • Shared channels will only be converted in the workspace that makes the change.
  • Files within the channel will not become private.

Convert a channel to private

Warning: It’s not possible to undo this action. For privacy reasons, you can't convert a private channel to public.



  1. From your desktop, open the channel you'd like to make private. (Make sure you're a member of the channel!)
  2. Click the  gear icon in the top right.
  3. Select Additional options from the Channel Settings menu.
  4. Choose Change to a private channel.
  5. Click Change to Private to confirm. A message will post in channel to let members know it’s been converted.

It’s not possible to convert a channel to private using the mobile app.

Note: If you don't see the option to convert a channel, reach out to an Owner or Admin for help.

Restrict who can convert channels

By default, Owners and Admins of a workspace or org can convert channels to private (members don't have the option). If they’d prefer, Workspace and Org Owners can limit channel management preferences – including private channel conversions – to only Owners.

Who can use this feature?
  • Workspace Owners/Admins and Org Owners/Admins
  • Free, Standard, Plus, and Enterprise Grid plans

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