How To View Archived Channels In Slack

For those who frequently use Slack, it’s likely that you have built up a considerable number of channels. Some of these channels may have been archived for various reasons. However, what if you need to retrieve information from these archived channels? In this article, we will demonstrate how to access archived channels on Slack.

What Does It Mean To Archive a Channel?

First off, it’s important to understand what it means to archive a channel in Slack. When a channel is archived, it’s not deleted. Instead, it’s simply made inactive. This means that while you can’t send or receive new messages in the channel, all the previous conversations and files remain available for viewing.

Accessing Archived Channels

Now that we understand what it means to archive a channel, let’s dive into how you can access these archived channels.

Step 1: Navigate to the Channel Browser

Start by clicking on the Channels heading in the left-hand sidebar of your Slack workspace. At the bottom of the drop-down menu, you’ll see an option that says Browse channels. Click on it.

Step 2: Click on the ‘Archived’ Tab

Once you’re in the Channel browser, you’ll see several tabs at the top of the screen. Click on the one that says Archived.

Step 3: View Your Archived Channels

And there you have it! You should now be able to see all of your archived channels. Click on any channel to view its content.

Remember, while you can view the contents of an archived channel, you can’t contribute to the conversation unless the channel is unarchived.

Unarchiving a Channel

If you need to reactivate an archived channel, you can do so provided you have the necessary permissions. Here are the steps:

Step 1: Open the Archived Channel

First, navigate to the channel you wish to unarchive by following the steps outlined above.

Step 2: Click on ‘Unarchive’

Once you’re in the channel, click on the Unarchive button at the top of the screen. A dialogue box will pop up asking you to confirm your decision. Click on Unarchive Channel.

Step 3: Start Using the Channel Again

And that’s it! Your channel has been unarchived and you can start using it again.

Whether you need to access old information or restart a conversation, knowing how to view and unarchive channels in Slack is an essential skill for any Slack user. We hope this guide has been helpful!