New, Small and Shiny: Introducing Slack for Apple Watch

The newest, smallest member of the Slack family has arrived: Slack for Apple Watch. No longer will you be left tapping your wrist in vain: now doing so…

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The newest, smallest member of the Slack family has arrived: Slack for Apple Watch. No longer will you be left tapping your wrist in vain: now doing so will enable you to quickly and easily create, receive and reply to new direct messages. You can also keep track of unread mentions, and get a simple heads-up of how many team members are online, straight from your Apple Watch.

The app contains all the functionality you might reasonably expect from a tiny slab of extremely dense technology attached to your wrist — and more. With Slack for Apple Watch (and an Apple Watch), you’ll be able to:

  • See any push notifications that would usually be sent to your phone — on your wrist.
  • Receive and respond to DMs with standard emoji, pithy pre-defined text, or Siri dictation.
  • Create new DMs.
  • Get a list of unread mentions of your name or highlight words.
  • Reply to unread mentions via DM.
  • Continue your conversation in the Slack iOS app via Handoff (when viewing a DM, even on another team, on the Watch you can swipe up on the Slack icon in the bottom left corner of your phone’s lock screen and you’ll be viewing that DM on your phone. Truly, we live in the future.)
  • Switch between all teams authenticated to your Apple Watch.

If you can’t wait for delivery of your new Apple Watch, or you haven’t ordered one, you can always strap your existing phone to your wrist. Caveat: this may provide even more functionality (everything you’ve come to expect from the iOS app, in fact) but will impress fewer people.

For those who have an Apple Watch on the way, or who don’t, but are intrigued as to how Slack would work on this new piece of hardware… a small taster:

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Slack is the collaboration hub, where the right people are always in the loop and key information is always at their fingertips. Teamwork in Slack happens in channels — searchable conversations that keep work organized and teams better connected.