Default Channels in Slack Workspaces


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What are the default channels in a Slack workspace? How do I change the default channels for my workspace?


Default channels are public channels to which new members of a workspace are added automatically upon joining. Workspace Admins can set or remove default channels for their workspace(s).

  1. Click the workspace name in the top left corner of the Slack desktop app
  2. Hover over Settings & administration in the drop-down menu, and then click Workspace settings
  3. Click Expand next to Default Channels
  4. Enter the names of the channels you'd like as default channels in the field provided
  5. Click Save

Things to note:

  • Existing workspace members won't be automatically added to default channels when you set them
  • Private, Slack Connect, and multi-workspace channels cannot be set as default channels
  • Members are automatically added to the #general channel by default, and this can’t be changed
  • Guests won’t be automatically added to default channels

Additional Information

Slack Help Center: Set default channels for new members

For additional assistance, contact the ITS Service Center.


Article ID: 8687
Tue 8/16/22 4:15 PM
Wed 8/17/22 12:24 PM