Slack Direct Messages

What is a direct message?

Who can use this feature?

  • All members can send DMs. Single-Channel Guests can participate in group DMs, but cannot start their own.
  • FreeStandardPlus, and Enterprise Gridplans

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.
  • Members of a group DM will only receive notifications for messages. They will not be notified when the group DM is created.

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