Use Slack Connect to work with other companies in channels

Rather than using email to communicate, you can use Slack Connect to work alongside people from other companies in the same Slack channel. When you work with other companies in Slack, people can only access the channels they’ve been invited to join.

Note: Admins can restrict who can invite external people to channels. If you don’t see this option, find an owner or admin and ask for help.


Add people from another company to a channel

Send the people you’d like to work with an invitation to join your channel (each Slack Connect channel can host up to 250 organizations, including your own). Keep in mind that you cannot add external people to the #general channel.

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Android

  1. Open the channel you'd like to invite people to. (You can also create a new channel.)
  2. Click the cluster of profile pictures in the top right.
  3. Click Add people.
  4. Enter the email address or name for anyone you’d like to invite to the channel, then click Add
  5. Select From another company, then click Next.
  6. Review the message and select Got It to confirm.
  7. If you have permission, you can choose if people Can post & invite or Can only post to the channel you're inviting them to. Select Next to continue.
  8. Add an optional note if you'd like, then click Send Invitation.
  1. Open the channel you'd like to invite people to. (You can also create a new channel.)
  2. Tap the channel name at the top.
  3. Tap Add people.
  4. Enter the email address or name for anyone you’d like to invite to the channel, then tap Add.
  5. Select From another company, then tap Next.
  6. Review the message and select Got It to confirm.
  7. If you have permission, you can choose if people Can post & invite or Can only post to the channel you're inviting them to. Tap Next to continue.
  8. Add an optional note if you'd like, then tap Send invitation.
  1. Open the channel you'd like to invite people to. (You can also create a new channel.)
  2. Tap the channel name at the top.
  3. Tap Add people.
  4. Enter the email address or name for anyone you’d like to invite to the channel, then tap Add.
  5. Select From another company, then tap Next.
  6. Review the message and select Got It to confirm.
  7. If you have permission, you can choose if people Can post & invite or Can only post to the channel you're inviting them to. Tap Next to continue.
  8. Add an optional note if you'd like, then tap Send invitation.

Note: Your admins may need to approve invitations you send. Depending on each company’s Slack settings, people may also need admin approval to accept your invitation.


Revoke an invitation to a channel

You can revoke an invitation you’ve sent if it hasn’t been accepted yet.

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iOS

Android

  1. From your desktop, click  Slack Connect at the top of your left sidebar. If you don't see this option, click  More to find it.
  2. Click View invitations.
  3. Hover over the invitation you’d like to revoke and click the  revoke icon.
  4. Select Revoke to confirm.
  1. Tap  You at the bottom of your screen.
  2. Tap Invitations to connect.
  3. Tap the Sent tab.
  4. Locate the invitation, then tap Revoke.
  1. Tap  You at the bottom of your screen.
  2. Tap Slack Connect invitations.
  3. Tap the Sent tab.
  4. Locate the invitation, then tap Revoke.

Tip: People with permission to manage Slack Connect channels can revoke any pending invitation sent by someone from their organization. 

 

Adjust existing permissions

Once the invitation has been accepted, anyone with permission to manage Slack Connect approval settings can adjust the permissions for external people.

Note: Each member’s ability to upgrade or downgrade permissions will depend on the type of invitation they’re allowed to send.

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. Open the channel you’d like to manage permissions for.
  2. Click the channel name in the conversation header.
  3. In the Organizations section, click the  three dots icon next to the team you'd like to upgrade or downgrade.
  4. Click Manage permissions.
  5. Choose if the team Can post & invite or Can only post, then click Next.
  6. Click Save.
  1. Open the channel you’d like to manage permissions for.
  2. Tap the channel name in the channel header.
  3. Tap Organizations, then select the team you'd like to upgrade or downgrade.
  4. Tap Manage permissions.
  5. Tap the toggle next to Let them invite their teammates on or off.
  1. Open the channel you’d like to manage permissions for.
  2. Tap the channel name in the channel header.
  3. Tap Organizations, then select the team you'd like to upgrade or downgrade.
  4. Tap Manage permissions.
  5. Choose if the team Can post & invite or Can only post, then click Continue.

Tip: On the Business+ and Enterprise Grid plans, those with permission to send invitations who also have channel management permissions can use the channel management tools to upgrade or downgrade external people.

Who can use this feature?
  • By default, all members (but not guests)
  • Available on paid plans

Rather than using email to communicate, you can use Slack Connect to work alongside people from other companies in the same Slack channel. When you work with other companies in Slack, people can only access the channels they’ve been invited to join.

Note: Admins can restrict who can invite external people to channels. If you don’t see this option, find an owner or admin and ask for help.


Add people from another company to a channel

Send the people you’d like to work with an invitation to join your channel (each Slack Connect channel can host up to 250 organizations, including your own). Keep in mind that you cannot add external people to the #general channel.

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. Open the channel you'd like to invite people to. (You can also create a new channel.)
  2. Click the cluster of profile pictures in the top right.
  3. Click Add people.
  4. Enter the email address or name for anyone you’d like to invite to the channel, then click Add
  5. Select From another company, then click Next.
  6. Review the message and select Got It to confirm.
  7. If you have permission, you can choose if people Can post & invite or Can only post to the channel you're inviting them to. Select Next to continue.
  8. Add an optional note if you'd like, then click Send Invitation.
  1. Open the channel you'd like to invite people to. (You can also create a new channel.)
  2. Tap the channel name at the top.
  3. Tap Add people.
  4. Enter the email address or name for anyone you’d like to invite to the channel, then tap Add.
  5. Select From another company, then tap Next.
  6. Review the message and select Got It to confirm.
  7. If you have permission, you can choose if people Can post & invite or Can only post to the channel you're inviting them to. Tap Next to continue.
  8. Add an optional note if you'd like, then tap Send invitation.
  1. Open the channel you'd like to invite people to. (You can also create a new channel.)
  2. Tap the channel name at the top.
  3. Tap Add people.
  4. Enter the email address or name for anyone you’d like to invite to the channel, then tap Add.
  5. Select From another company, then tap Next.
  6. Review the message and select Got It to confirm.
  7. If you have permission, you can choose if people Can post & invite or Can only post to the channel you're inviting them to. Tap Next to continue.
  8. Add an optional note if you'd like, then tap Send invitation.

Note: Your admins may need to approve invitations you send. Depending on each company’s Slack settings, people may also need admin approval to accept your invitation.


Revoke an invitation to a channel

You can revoke an invitation you’ve sent if it hasn’t been accepted yet.

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. Hover over   More.
  2. Click  External connections.
  3. Click View invitations.
  4. Hover over the invitation you’d like to revoke and click the  revoke icon.
  5. Select Revoke to confirm. 
  1. Tap  You at the bottom of your screen.
  2. Tap Invitations to connect.
  3. Tap the Sent tab.
  4. Locate the invitation, then tap Revoke.
  1. Tap  You at the bottom of your screen.
  2. Tap Slack Connect invitations.
  3. Tap the Sent tab.
  4. Locate the invitation, then tap Revoke.

Tip: People with permission to manage Slack Connect channels can revoke any pending invitation sent by someone from their organization. 

 

Adjust existing permissions

Once the invitation has been accepted, anyone with permission to manage Slack Connect approval settings can adjust the permissions for external people.

Note: Each member’s ability to upgrade or downgrade permissions will depend on the type of invitation they’re allowed to send.

Desktop

iOS

Android

  1. Open the channel you’d like to manage permissions for.
  2. Click the channel name in the conversation header.
  3. In the Organizations section, click the  three dots icon next to the team you'd like to upgrade or downgrade.
  4. Click Manage permissions.
  5. Choose if the team Can post & invite or Can only post, then click Next.
  6. Click Save.
  1. Open the channel you’d like to manage permissions for.
  2. Tap the channel name in the channel header.
  3. Tap Organizations, then select the team you'd like to upgrade or downgrade.
  4. Tap Manage permissions.
  5. Tap the toggle next to Let them invite their teammates on or off.
  1. Open the channel you’d like to manage permissions for.
  2. Tap the channel name in the channel header.
  3. Tap Organizations, then select the team you'd like to upgrade or downgrade.
  4. Tap Manage permissions.
  5. Tap the toggle next to Let them invite their teammates on or off.

Tip: On the Business+ and Enterprise Grid plans, those with permission to send invitations who also have channel management permissions can use the channel management tools to upgrade or downgrade external people.

Who can use this feature?
  • By default, all members (but not guests)
  • Available on paid plans

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