How To Delete Or Archive Slack Channels | Comprehensive Guide

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The saying goes, “Nothing lasts forever,” and the same sits true for a Slack channel. No matter how old a channel is or how important it used to be, you would want to remove it for good once it’s inactive. Alternatively, you might want to disable it but retain its data by archiving the channel. In this article, we show you how to delete or archive a Slack channel.

Deleting an old Slack channel not just helps you prevent cluttering but also saves some precious storage space, which could be particularly vital if you are on a free plan. Once you delete a channel, all its messages and media files will be removed irretrievably.

On the other hand, archiving the channel locks it out for use by anyone. But, with this feature, the channel’s existing messages and other data would remain there and could be looked up using the search bar.

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Can anyone delete or archive a Slack channel?

All users can create a new channel in their workspace, but they don’t have the required permissions to delete an existing channel. This ability rests with the workspace owners and the admin exclusively.

Contrarily, the ability to archive a Slack channel is available to almost everyone in the workspace. The only users who aren’t allowed to archive a channel are guests. However, admins and workspace owners can block others from using this ability.

Although you can archive a channel on desktop or mobile, you can delete a channel only using a PC or Mac. Here are the steps for both processes.

Steps for deleting a Slack channel

  1. In the Slack desktop app, select the desired channel from the left column.
selecting a channel in slack

2. Click on the channel name close to the top of the screen.

channel button in slack

3. Now, select the Settings tab.

settings in channel options

4. Click on “Delete this channel” to get rid of that channel permanently.

delete channel button

5. When prompted, select the “Yes, permanently delete the channel” checkbox and click on “Delete channel” to confirm your decision.

Steps for archiving a Slack channel

Archive a channel on desktop

  1. Follow Steps 1-3 from the previous section.
  2. Click on “Archive channel for everyone.”
archive channel button slack desktop

3. Finally, click on “Archive channel” to confirm.

archive channel confirmation slack desktop

Archive a channel on mobile

  1. Open the Slack mobile app.
  2. Select the desired channel.
select a channel in slack mobile app

3. Tap on the channel name near the top.

channel name button in slack mobile

4. Tap on “Archive” to proceed.

5. At last, hit “Archive” again to finish the process.

Later, if you want to undo this action, you can find the archived channel using the search bar. Then, you would have to open it, tap on the channel name button, and select “Unarchive this channel.”

So, that wraps up our guide on how to delete or archive a Slack channel. If you’d like to read similar Slack how-tos about how to delete your account, how to make a public channel private, and more, check out our dedicated guide.

Priye Rai

Priye Rai

Priye is a tech writer who writes about anything remotely related to tech, including gaming, smartphones, social media, etc. He prefers to be called a "video game journalist" and grimaces when he doesn't get to be "Player 1." If you want to share feedback or talk about games, reach out to @priyeakapj on Twitter.
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