Make a public channel private

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

With the exception of your team's #general channel, any Slack channel can be converted from public to private. 🔒


Here's how:

  1. Open the channel you'd like to make private.
  2. Click the  gear icon to open the Channel Settings menu.
  3. Select Additional options.
  4. Choose Convert this channel to a private channel. If you don't see this option, ask a Team Admin for help!
  5. Click Yes, convert this channel to confirm.

Warning: Use care. This change cannot be undone.

Note: Though you can make a public channel private, there is no option to convert a private channel to public at this time.


Who can convert public channels

By default, Team Owners and Admins can convert channels from public to private, but regular team members don't have this option. If Team Owners prefer to restrict admins from making public channels private, they can limit private channel creation to Team Owners only from the Settings & Permissions page.

If the Team Owners only preference is selected, only Team Owners can create private channels and convert public channels to private ones. 


If any other option is selected, both Team Owners and Admins can create private channels and also make public channels private.