How To Remove Yourself From A Slack Channel

If you are a member of a growing organization, it is common to be a part of multiple Slack channels. Some of these channels may not require your active participation or may not meet your current needs. So, how can you politely leave these channels without causing any issues? This blog post will walk you through a simple step-by-step procedure.

Removing Yourself from a Slack Channel

Here are the steps to leave a channel on Slack:

  1. Open Slack and navigate to the channel you wish to leave.
  2. Click on the channel name located at the top of the conversation.
  3. In the drop-down menu that appears, select ‘Leave Channel’.

You’ll then receive a prompt asking you to confirm your decision to leave the channel. If you’re sure, click ‘Yes, leave the channel’.

Leaving a Private Channel

For private channels, the steps are slightly different. Here’s how:

  1. Open Slack and go to the private channel you want to leave.
  2. Click on the channel name at the top of the conversation.
  3. Select ‘Details’ from the drop-down menu that appears.
  4. In the right sidebar that opens, scroll down and click on ‘Leave’.

Again, you’ll have to confirm your decision by clicking ‘Yes, leave the private channel’.

Using Slack Command to Leave a Channel

If you’re comfortable with Slack commands, you can simply use the /leave command to exit a channel. Just type /leave in the message field and hit enter.

What If You Want to Rejoin a Channel?

If you’ve left a channel and later decide that you want to rejoin, you can do so by following these steps:

  1. Click on the ‘Channels’ option on the left side of your Slack interface.
  2. In the pop-up window that appears, find the channel you want to rejoin.
  3. Click on the channel name.
  4. Finally, click ‘Join Channel’.

If you’re trying to rejoin a private channel, you’ll have to ask a current member to invite you since these channels are not visible in the channel directory.


Leaving a Slack channel is a straightforward task. Whether you’re trying to declutter your workspace, reduce distractions, or simply don’t need a particular channel anymore, removing yourself can be done in just a few clicks. Remember, you can always rejoin a channel if you find you need it in the future.