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.
  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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