5 Simple Steps to Create a Private Channel on Slack

How to create a Slack Private Channel? Read our guide on creating Private Channels on your Slack workspace for Admins and inviting users to the channel.

Slack is an instant messaging app for corporates that encourages collaboration via constant communication among team members. It provides a way to organize your messages so that everyone has access to all the information at any time.

It is also a secure messaging app with ways to keep your information confidential and safe. Slack private channels are one way to keep your chats private, with only team members having access to the information of that channel. However, the files that you share on that channel are not private.

Wondering how private channels work on Slack? Here's how to make a Slack channel private on your Mac or PC. 

How to make a Slack private channel ?

Step 1: Visit Slack

Go to https://slack.com/intl/enng/. When the page loads, click on ‘Sign in’ at the top left of the page.

Step 2: Sign in to your workspace

On the next page, enter the URL of the workspace  you want to log in to and click Next.

If you forget the URL of the workspace you belong to, click on ‘Search Workspace’ under the ‘Next’ button. If you haven't already signed in to your workspace in your browser, ‘Find Workspace’ option is in the upper left corner of the page.

Step 3: Create a channel

Once you enter the correct URL, the workspace of the specified URL will load. In a workspace, you can see which channels  belong to that particular workspace. To add a channel, click  on the + sign on the left side of the Channels tab. Next, click on the create channel option.

Step 4: Set up the channel and make it private

Give the channel a name of your choice. We recommend naming the channel based on the theme on which it will be based.

The name must be lowercase, free of spaces and full stops, and must be less than 80 characters. Next, enter the purpose of the channel. Below the description, you will find a button that says "Make private". Toggle the button on to make the channel private. The toggle switch will turn green. Then, click on ‘Create’ to finish creating the channel.


Step 5: Add your team members

You can add any member of your team by highlighting them in the pop-up that appears immediately after they are created, or by selecting ‘Add User’ from the channel page.

...and you’re done!


Having a few private channels with your team members can come in handy to improve your team communication. This way you can keep in touch with your team in small groups so that everyone is on the same page. Moreover, you can talk to your team freely in these channels and also host some fun virtual team bonding sessions. Play Trivia, icebreakers and social games with your team, right on Slack with Ricotta.

Did you know? Ricotta Games & Trivia works on Slack private channels too!

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