Send direct messages

Direct messages (DMs) are one-to-one conversations between you and another workspace member. Group direct messages (group DMs) are smaller discussions, outside of channels, between you and up to eight other members. DMs work well for one-off conversations that don't require an entire channel to weigh in.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • When you invite someone to a group DM, a new conversation will start without the previous message history.
  • To preserve message history, you can convert your group DM to a private channel before adding new members.
  • It’s not possible to leave a group DM, so you’ll need to ask one of the participants to create a new DM without you.

Note: Only members with permission to create private channels can move a group DM to a private channel.

 

Access your DMs    

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Recent DMs are listed under the Direct Messages header in the left sidebar. If you want, you can customize your sidebar so you only see what's most important.
  1. Click Direct Messages in the left sidebar to see all of your DMs.
  2. Or, use a keyboard shortcut!
    Mac: ShiftK 
    Windows/Linux: 
    CtrlShiftK

Open a DM conversation

  1. Swipe right to open the sidebar.
  2. Tap Jump to..., then type the name(s) of the member(s) in your DM. 

View DMs in the sidebar

  1. Swipe right to open the sidebar, then scroll down to Direct Messages. Or, swipe left to view recent DMs.  

Open a DM conversation

  1. Swipe right to open the sidebar.
  2. Tap Jump to..., then type the name(s) of the member(s) in your DM. 

View DMs in the sidebar

  1. Swipe right to open the sidebar, then scroll down to Direct Messages. Or, swipe left to view recent DMs. 
  1. Swipe right to open the sidebar.
  2. Scroll down to Direct Messages

Tip: To remove a DM from your sidebar, click or tap the  icon.

 

Send a new DM

DM one person

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  1. Click the  plus icon next to Direct Messages in the left sidebar.
  2. Search for the person you'd like to message.
  3. Click Go to start your new DM conversation.
  1. Open the Slack app, then swipe right to open the sidebar. 
  2. Scroll down to Direct Messages and tap the  plus icon.
  3. Search for the person you'd like to message and tap the circle next to their name.
  4. Tap Next to start your new DM conversation.
  1. Open the Slack app, then swipe right to open the sidebar.
  2. Scroll down to Direct Messages and tap the  plus icon.
  3. Search for the person you'd like to message and tap the circle next to their name.
  4. Tap Start to start your new DM conversation. 
  1. Open the Slack app, then tap the  menu icon to open the sidebar. 
  2. Scroll down to Direct Messages, then tap the  plus icon
  3. Search for the person you'd like to message and tap the circle next to their name. 
  4. Tap the  forward arrow to start your new DM conversation.

Start a group DM

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  1. Click the  plus icon next to Direct Messages in the left sidebar.
  2. Search for people and click their names to add them.
  3. Click Go to finish. 
  1. Open the Slack app, then swipe left to open the sidebar.
  2. Scroll down to Direct Messages, then tap the  plus icon
  3. Search for people and tap the circle next to their names to add them. 
  4. Tap Next to finish. 
  1. Open the Slack app, then swipe left to open the sidebar.
  2. Scroll down to Direct Messages, then tap the  plus icon
  3. Search for people and tap the circle next to their names to add them. 
  4. Tap Next to finish. 
  1. Tap the  menu icon in the top right to open the sidebar.
  2. Tap the  plus icon next to the Direct Messages header. 
  3. Search for people and tap the circle next to their names to add them. 
  4. Tap the  forward arrow to finish. 

 

Add members to a group DM  

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  1. From a group DM, click the  gear icon.
  2. Select Invite another member
  3. Search for the person you'd like to invite, then click their name to add them. 
  4. Click Go to create a new group DM. 
  1. From a group DM, tap the names at the top of the message. 
  2. Tap Add Someone
  3. Find the person you want to add and tap the circle next to their name. 
  4. Tap Next to create a new group DM. 
  1. From a group DM, tap the names at the top of the message. 
  2. Tap Add Someone
  3. Find the person you want to add and tap the circle next to their name. 
  4. Tap Next to create a new group DM. 
  1. From a group DM, tap the names at the top of the message. 
  2. Tap Invite
  3. Find the person you want to add and tap the circle next to their name.
  4. Tap the  forward arrow to create a new group DM. 

Tip: You can also type /invite in the message field of a group DM to add people. 

Quem pode usar este recurso?
  • All members can send DMs. Single-Channel Guests can participate in group DMs, but cannot start their own.
  • FreeStandardPlus, and Enterprise Grid plans

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