Move group DMs to a private channel

Who can use this feature?
  • By default, all members and Multi-Channel Guests, can use this feature.
  • Available to teams on free and paid plans.

Group direct messages are great for making quick decisions or checking in with your teammates.

When these conversations turn into longer-term discussions — or when you need to invite more than 9 people to the conversation — you can easily convert your group DM to a private channel.

Keep in mind: Any member of a private channel can invite another team member to join. When new members are invited to a private channel, there is an option to retain message history. Choosing this option allows the new member to view your original group DMs.


Converting a group DM to a private channel

  1. Click the  gear icon to open the Conversation Settings menu.
  2. Select Convert to private channel.
  3. Click Yes, continue to confirm.
  4. Enter a name for the new channel.
  5. When you're ready, click Convert to a private channel.

All members of the group DM will be notified about the conversion by a Slackbot message:

Note: Only team members with permission to create a private channel will be able to move a group DM conversation to a private channel.