How To Keep Slack Always Active On Mac

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Slack is widely used as a collaboration tool in the corporate world, facilitating team communication and boosting productivity. But, do you also face the irritation of your Slack status changing to ‘Away’ even when you are working at your desk? You are not alone. Here is a simple guide on how to keep Slack constantly active on your Mac.

1. Changing Your Slack Settings

Before resorting to any third-party applications or detailed coding, let’s first check the settings within Slack. Slack has an auto-away feature, which automatically sets your status to ‘Away’ after you’ve been inactive for a while. Therefore, turning off the auto-away feature should be your first step.

To change this setting, you’ll need to:

  1. Go to your Slack workspace and click on your name in the top left corner.
  2. Select ‘Preferences’ from the drop-down menu.
  3. Click on ‘Notifications’.
  4. Under ‘When I’m not active on desktop’, choose ‘Never set me as away’.

2. Using ‘Amphetamine’

If the above method doesn’t work for you, then ‘Amphetamine’ might be the solution. Amphetamine is a free Mac application that can keep your Mac (and thus Slack) active for a specified duration or indefinitely until you manually stop it.

To use Amphetamine, follow these steps:

  1. Download and install Amphetamine from the Mac App Store.
  2. Once installed, you’ll see a small pill icon on the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  3. Click the pill icon and select ‘Start new session…’ from the menu.
  4. In the new dialogue box, choose ‘Indefinitely’ from the ‘Duration’ dropdown list, and click ‘Start’.

3. Using Terminal Commands

If you’re comfortable using the Terminal, you can use Caffeinate – a command that prevents your Mac from going into sleep mode. You can run this command in the background to keep your Slack app always active.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open Terminal on your Mac.
  2. Type the following command:

    caffeinate -d -i -t 3600

This command tells your Mac to stay active for 3600 seconds (1 hour). You can replace 3600 with your preferred number of seconds.


Keeping Slack always active on your Mac can help you stay connected with your team and keep your productivity high. Whether you choose to change your Slack settings, use the Amphetamine app, or use the Terminal, you have several options available. So, pick the method that best suits your needs, and say goodbye to unwanted ‘Away’ statuses on Slack!