Move group DMs to a private channel

Group direct messages (DMs) are great for quick conversations. When they 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 on your desktop.

Note: You're unable to convert Group DMs to private channels on our mobile apps at this time.


Convert a group DM to a private channel

From your desktop, you can convert a group DM to a private channel. 

  1. Click the  gear icon in the top right to open the Conversation Settings menu.
  2. Select Convert to private channel.
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  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. Here's an example: 

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

Tip: When you invite a new member to a private channel, you'l have the option to retain message history. Choosing this option allows the new member to view your original group DMs.

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

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