Make calls in Slack

Sometimes it helps to talk things out. With Slack Calls, you can make a voice or video call with any member of your workspace. 📞 📹

Tip: Are you new to Slack Calls, or just need a refresher? Review some of the basics (features, availability, call actions) and become a pro. 🙌

Note: If you ever need some extra help with Slack’s call features, check out our troubleshooting guide .

 

Start a call 

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On your desktop, you can start a call in Slack from a direct message or a channel. 

From a direct message

Workspaces on a free or paid plans can start a call from a one-to-one direct message (or from a group DM if your workspace is on a paid plan). Here's how:

  1. Open a direct message.
  2. Click the  phone icon at the top right.
  3. Your call will start right away, and the member you're calling will receive a pop-up notification. If you use Slack on your Mac, Windows, or Linux desktop, click the  camera icon to start a video call. 

Note: If in Do Not Disturb mode, the member you're calling will get a missed call notification in a DM.


From a channel

Members of workspaces on a paid plan can also start calls in channels. To do so, follow the steps below.

  1. Open a channel and click the  phone icon at the top right.
  2. Confirm you'd like to start a call. Give the call a name if you'd like, then click Start new call.Screen_Shot_2017-07-17_at_11.57.12_AM.png
  3. Your call will post to the channel and any member (up to 15 total) can join by clicking Join this call. If you use Slack on your Mac, Windows, or Linux desktop, click the   camera icon to start a video call.
  1. Tap the channel or direct message name to open the channel or conversation info.
  2. Tap Start a call.
  1. Tap the channel or direct message name to open the channel or conversation info.
  2. Tap Start a call.

Tip: Want a shortcut for making calls? We've got a slash command for that! Use /call in a DM or channel to start a call.

Note: If you use the Slack app for Mac or Windows, learn how to share your screen during a call.

 

Share and invite others to a call

If you're a member of a workspace on a paid plan, you can share calls in channels and invite others to join them.

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Invite other members to a call

To invite a specific member to join your current call, follow these steps:

  1. Click the  plus icon in the upper-right corner of the call window.
  2. Start typing a member's name to filter the list.
  3. Select a member to invite.

Share a call in a channel

If you'd like to share a call in other channels, here's how:

  1. Click the  plus icon in the upper-right corner of the call window.
  2. Click Share this call.
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  3. Select a channel from the drop-down menu and click Share. Or, to get a call link you can manually post to a channel, click Copy link.
  1. Tap Invite.
  2. Tap the names of the people you'd like to invite to the call.
  3. Tap Invite again.
  1. Tap the   Add user icon.
  2. Tap the names of the people you'd like to invite to the call.
  3. Tap Invite again.

 

Join a call

Answer a direct message call

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When another member calls you in a one-to-one or group DM, you'll see a pop-up call notification. Click the green  phone icon to answer the call.

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Tap the green  phone icon to answer the call.
  1. Tap Answer from the pop-up notification or on the call message in the direct message.
  2. Tap the   phone icon.

Join a channel call

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Click Join this call from the in-channel invitation. A call window will open where you can see who else is on the call, and who is speaking.call-full-layout.png

 

Tap Join this call from the channel where the call is taking place.
Tap Join this call from the channel where the call is taking place.

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