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How to Remove a User from Slack

If you're looking for a way to remove users from a Slack workspace, this post will show you exactly how to do it.

September 3, 2023

Slack is a popular tool for team communication and collaboration. It offers services like messaging, file sharing, and integration of third-party applications that can help teams be more productive. If you're looking for a way to remove users from a Slack workspace, this post will show you exactly how to do it. 

Why It Is Important to Remove a User from Slack Correctly

Removing a user from Slack correctly helps keep your sensitive communications and data secure. Removing a user from a Slack workspace will prevent them from viewing private information in your workspace, while also preventing them from sending any communications. 

Slack also supports the ability to remove a user from a specific channel within a workspace, without deleting the user from your entire workspace. This limits which channel a user has access to, helping keep sensitive data compartmentalized. For example, if your workspace has a back-end developer channel, you might want to restrict access. A marketing or HR team member doesn’t need access to development communications. This level of control helps ensure that sensitive technical details remain on a need-to-know basis.  

Steps For Removing a User from Slack

This step-by-step guide will walk you through removing a user from a workspace andfrom j a specific channel. 

Step 1: Sign in to Slack

Before you can remove a user from Slack, you need to sign in to the Slack desktop or web app. There are many options for signing in to Slack, however make sure you're using the correct email address for the workspace. 

You also need to have at least one workspace owner or administrator-level privilege in order to remove a user. Double-check that you have the necessary permissions before continuing to the next step. 

Step 2: Open the "Manage Users" Page

Now that you're signed in, open the "Manage Users" page. From this page, you can view all the users in your Slack workspace and perform administrative tasks on them. 

To open the "Manage Users" page, click on your workspace name in the left sidebar to open an options menu. On the menu, navigate to `Settings & Administration > Manage Members`


Step 3: Remove a Step 3: Deactivate the User's Account

On the "Manage Users" page, hover over the name of the user you wish to remove, then click on the three dots next to the user's name to open an option menu. Next, select `Deactivate Account`. A prompt will open that asks you to confirm your action. Click on `Deactivate` to remove the user. 



Removing a user per the instructions in this step will prevent them from signing in to the workspace. However, previous messages and files they shared will still be visible on the workspace. 

Step 4: Delete a User

After deactivating a user, their name will still be visible on the "Manager Users" page in gray text. To completely delete the user, hover on their name again and click on the three dots. Then select `Delete profile`. Read and accept the prompt that comes up to delete the user.   


Once a user is deleted, their name will no longer appear anywhere in your workspace. Their older messages will still appear under a "deleted account" label. 

Step 5: How to Remove a User from a Slack Channel

Removing a user from a Slack channel does not prevent the user from signing in to the entire workspace, nor does it delete their account records completely. 

Removing a user from a channel does not require you to navigate to the "Manage Users" page. Instead, you can do this from your Slack workspace inside the desktop or web application. 

To remove a user from a channel on the desktop or web versions of Slack, navigate to the channel, then click on the `Members` thumbnail in the top-right corner to reveal the list of members in that channel.   


Next, search the list for the user you wish to remove, then click the `Remove` button next to their name.   



With that, you've successfully removed that user from the channel. 

Slack works best with Wrangle

Slack can be used for a lot more than just communication. You can use Slack to improve your business processes with a tool like Wrangle.

Wrangle is a purpose-built Slack application for ticketing and workflow automation, used by finance, sales, IT, marketing, HR, and others to automate ticketing, onboarding, customer refunds, and so much more. Wrangle automatically assigns tickets, tasks, and approvals for team members to follow up and take action so they can go about their business and respond when necessary. If you have a business process, a Wrangle workflow can automate that process in Slack.

Wrangle can automate:

  • IT Help Desks
  • IT Access Requests
  • Procurement Process
  • Contract Reviews 
  • Marketing Collateral Approvals 
  • Employee Onboarding and Offboarding
  • Customer Onboarding

Ready to see Wrangle in action? Request a demo today. Better yet, add Wrangle directly to Slack and experience productivity gains shortly thereafter.

Summing Things Up

Knowing how to remove a user from Slack can help you manage your Slack workspace better. The advantages range from determining who has access to information in your workspace to keeping things tidy. 

This post was written by Pius Aboyi. Pius is a mobile and web developer with over 4 years of experience building for the Android platform. He writes code in Java, Kotlin, and PHP. He loves writing about tech and creating how-to tutorials for developers.

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