Set, sync and share: all the ways to update your Slack status

Let your teammates know what you’re up to and when you’ll be slow to respond

Keep your coworkers informed with your Slack status
Image Credit: Pete Ryan

Whenever you step away from Slack—to grab lunch, take a week off or just focus on a task for a few hours—you can use a custom status in Slack to manage your coworkers’ expectations. Your Slack status is also an easy way to share what you’re working on or whom coworkers should contact in your absence.

Slack comes with five default choices for status, including 🗓in a meeting, 🤒out sick or 🏝on vacation, and your Slack admins can tailor options to fit your team’s precise needs.

For anything else, you can create your own custom status that says exactly what you want your team to know. Maybe that’s on deadline and slow to respond or stepped out for ☕️. Each status can be up to 100 characters long and feature an emoji of your choice.

Setting your Slack status

It’s easy to set your status in all versions of Slack. From your computer, click on your name in the upper-left corner of your sidebar, then select Set a status. On iOS, simply swipe from the far-right edge of your device to get a quick menu with Set a status at the top. On Android apps, tap the More items icon (…), or edit your status directly from your profile.

How to set your Slack status on an Android mobile device

Sync your status with apps for Slack

Apps designed to work with Slack can automatically set your status as well. For example, Zenefits syncs your status with its time off tracking system so people know when you’re on PTO, while both Google Calendar and Outlook Calendar sync to show when you’re in a meeting (and when you’re free) in Slack. Your status will also automatically update when you’re on a voice or video call in Slack, then reset once you’re done.

Sync your Slack status with Google Calendar

How your status appears in Slack

Any emoji you choose is displayed next to your name in messages and in the left sidebar, giving teammates a quick read of what you’re up to without cluttering your conversation.

An example status in Slack

A quick hover over the emoji will display your status in its full glory. If you didn’t select an emoji, we’ll automatically show 💬 so people know you’ve set your status to something.

When you search for a user in Slack, you will see their status

Your status will always appear in your profile, in the message box of your DMs and whenever you use search to jump to channels and users.

Setting a custom status in Slack
A custom status displayed in Slack

By default your status will clear after the day is over, but there are also presets for common shorter intervals, like 30 minutes or an hour. You can also set the expiration date and time of your message, so that your vacation status, for example, disappears when you’re back to work.

Setting a status in Slack is a quick and easy way to tell your team what you’re up to as well as your availability. So go ahead and take that vacation you deserve, because with a status set in Slack, your coworkers will know when to look forward to your return.

Illustration showing channels search closeup on a computer screen.
Slack channels: Where work happens

In Slack, teamwork and communication happen in channels. Learn all about how to create, join, and use channels to collaborate with your teammates.

Read more

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.