Installing and Signing In to Slack on Your Device

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Overview

This document provides information on installing and signing in to the Slack application on your various devices (U-M and non-UM).

Important: You must first create your U-M Slack account before installing or signing in to the Slack application.

Installation

To install Slack on your device, determine which type of device you have, and follow the corresponding instructions:

Sign In to Workspaces

After installing the Slack application on your device, you can sign in to a U-M Slack workspace. As a reminder, you must create your U-M Slack account before you can sign in to or accept invites to other U-M Slack workspaces. If you receive an invitation to a U-M Slack workspace before you have created your U-M Slack account, you will not be able to access the link and accept the invite until you do so.

Caution: Michigan Medicine users who have restricted access to Google Calendar and Mail (i.e., do not have an override granted to use Calendar and Gmail) may run into issues when attempting to sign in to a new workspace on desktop and mobile. If you are a restricted MM user, you should go to https://slack.umich.edu (via your desktop or mobile browser), log in to U-M Weblogin using your Level-1 @umich.edu credentials, select the workspace you want to add, and click Launch in Slack. The Slack app should open the workspace automatically.

On desktop

Sign in for the first time

If you have never signed in to the Slack app before, follow the instructions below.

  1. Open the Slack desktop app and click Sign In to Slack. A new window/tab will open in your web browser.
  2. Enter your @umich.edu email address in the text field and click Sign In with Email.
  3. Check your email for a confirmation code from Slack and enter it in the field provided.
  4. Check the “University of Michigan” box and click Open (if applicable).
  5. Sign in to U-M Weblogin using your uniqname and UMICH (Level-1) password.
  6. Find the workspace you would like to join under Your Workspaces and click Launch in Slack. You will be redirected back to your Slack desktop app, where you will now see the workspace.

After joining one workspace, any additional U-M Slack workspaces you have been invited to should appear automatically on the left side of your desktop app. If they do not, refer to “Sign in to another workspace” below for instructions.

Sign in to another workspace

If additional U-M Slack workspaces of which you are a member do not automatically appear in the desktop app, follow the instructions below to add another workspace.

  1. Click the plus sign (“+”) toward the bottom of the far left sidebar in the Slack desktop app.
  2. Select Find more University of Michigan workspaces from the drop-down menu.
  3. Find the workspace you would like to join under Your Workspaces and click Open. The workspace should now appear in the far left sidebar of your desktop app.

If you had previously signed in to a non-UM Slack workspace in the desktop app prior to joining U-M Slack, follow the instructions below to add a U-M Slack workspace.

  1. Click the workspace name in the top left corner of the Slack desktop app.
  2. Select Add workspaces from the drop-down menu, then click Sign in to another workspace.

On mobile

Sign in for the first time

If you have never signed in to the Slack mobile app before, follow the instructions below.

  1. Tap the Slack mobile app icon from your apps to open.
  2. Tap Get Started and then tap Continue with Email.
  3. Enter your @umich.edu email address in the field provided and tap Next. A confirmation email will be sent to your @umich.edu email account.
  4. Check your email for a message with the subject line “Confirm your email address on Slack” on your mobile device and tap the Confirm Email Address button.
  5. Check the box next to University of Michigan and tap Next.
  6. Tap Sign In with U-M Weblogin. You may need to tap an additional “Sign In with U-M Weblogin” button before being redirected to U-M Weblogin.
  7. Sign in to U-M Weblogin using your uniqname and UMICH (Level-1) password. You may also need to authenticate with Duo two-factor authentication.

After signing in to U-M Slack, any additional U-M Slack workspaces you have been invited to should appear automatically on the left side of your mobile app. If they do not, refer to “Sign in to another workspace” below for instructions.

Sign in to another workspace

  1. Swipe right from the Home tab (house icon) in the Slack mobile app.
  2. Tap Add a Workspace under the workspace(s) to which you’re already signed in.

Note: If you have already signed in to the Slack mobile app with your @umich.edu email address and followed the steps to confirm your email address, a list of all workspaces associated with your @umich.edu account should appear as a list. Tap Add beside the workspace you'd like to add to your app. Otherwise, continue with the steps below.

  1. Tap Sign in to another workspace.
  • Via QR code:

​If you are already signed in to the workspace via the Slack desktop app, you can quickly use a QR code in the desktop app to add the workspace to your mobile app.

  1. Click the workspace name in the top left of the Slack desktop app.
  2. Select Sign in to [WORKSPACE NAME] on mobile.
  3. Return to your Slack mobile app and tap Scan QR Code.
  4. Scan the QR code displayed on your desktop app with your phone/tablet's camera. The workspace should automatically sign in and appear in your mobile app.
  • Via email address:

If you want to sign in to another workspace associated with a different email address:

  1. Select Continue with Email.
  2. Enter your non-@umich.edu email address in the provided field. (You may need to confirm and check your email for a confirmation message, then tap Confirm Email Address to return to the Slack app.)
  3. Tap Join next to the workspace you’d like to add to your Slack mobile app.

On web browser

For steps on signing in to a U-M Slack workspace via your web browser, refer to the Slack Help Center.

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Last Updated: 
Thursday, July 21, 2022