How to Set Your Status in Slack

In Slack, most of your discussions with colleagues take place in chat. Slack status lets your workspace members know what you’re doing. Slack has five default statuses, but you can set your status to anything. Also, you can choose an emoji for your status from the default list.

These are the default statuses you can use in Slack:

  • In a meeting
  • Commuting
  • Out Sick
  • Vacationing
  • Working remotely

Changing your status in Slack is easy. Follow these steps to do it on computer or the Slack app.

Set your Slack status on a computer

  1. Go to Slack, and launch your workspace by selecting Launch Slack.

    Launch Slack workspace.
    Select the workspace you would like to use.
  2. Click on your Profile picture in the top right corner and select Update your status.

    Choose to update your status
    Choose to update your status.
  3. In the pop-up, select the emoji/status from the list. If your status is not in the list, type it in the text field. Note: The text should have a limit of 100 characters.

    Pick the status icon
    Pick the status icon.
  4. Under the “Clear After…” drop-down, pick how long you want the status to last. If you want the status to remain until you manually change it later, select Don’t clear.

    Choose the status duration
    Choose the status duration.
  5. For a custom status duration, select Choose date and time. Finally, if you want to pause receiving notifications, tick the box next to Pause notifications. When ready, click Save.

    Choose the status duration
    Choose the status duration.
  6. Slack will now update your status!

    The updated Slack status.
    The updated Slack status.

To change or remove your status:

  1. Click on your profile picture.

    Click on your avatar
    Click on your avatar.
  2. Click on the current status.

    Select the status
    Select the status
  3. Under “Set a status,” click on the x icon to update your status.

    Click on the X icon to remove the status
    Click on the X icon to remove the status.
  4. Add a new status icon, description, and duration, then click Save.

    Save the new status
    Save the new status.
  5. To delete the status click on Clear status below your avatar.

    Remove the status
    Remove the status.

Set your Slack status on the mobile app

  1. Launch Slack and tap on the You icon at the button.

    Click on You to open your profile settings
    Click on You to open your profile settings.
  2. Click on What’s your status? or Update your status section.

    Add the status
    Add the status.
  3. In the pop-up, pick an emoji/status from the list. If it’s not in the list, type in your status in the text field. Then, click Clear after…

    Add the status icon then click Clear after...
    Add the status icon, then click Clear after…
  4. Pick how long you want the status to last. If the time is unavailable in the drop-down, click Custom to customize the status duration.

    Add the status duration
    Add the status duration.
  5. Finally, click on the tick icon to save.

    Click on the tick icon to save the status
    Click on the tick icon to save the status.
  6. To change or remove your status, tap on the You icon again.
  7. At “Set a status,” click on theicon.

    Open your status to update
    Open your status to update.
  8. Click on What’s your status? Add a new status description, icon, and duration, then click Save.

    Click on the tick icon to save the new status
    Click on the tick icon to save the new status.

To delete the status click on the X icon.

Click on the X icon to remove the status
Click on the X icon to remove the status.

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