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 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:

Tip: Learn how to set the desktop app to start automatically at login/startup.

  • iOS Device (iPhone, iPad, etc.)
    You can install Slack from the Apple App Store.

  • Android Device
    You can install Slack from the Google Play store.

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 creating 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, 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

If you have never signed in to the Slack app, 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. Select a workspace under Your Workspaces and click Launch in Slack. You will be redirected back to your Slack desktop app, where you will now find the workspace.

Note: It doesn't matter which workspace you select, as all workspaces you're a member or admin of will open in the app at the same time.

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

  1. Click the workspace icon in the top left corner of the desktop app.
  2. Select Add a workspace and click Sign in to another workspace.
  3. Select University of Michigan under "Choose a workspace" in the browser window that opened and click Open.
  4. Select a workspace under Your Workspaces and click Launch in Slack

Note: It doesn't matter which workspace you select, as all workspaces you're a member or admin of will open in the app at the same time.

  1. Click Open Slack in the pop-up that appears in your browser.

You may need to refresh your desktop app to view your U-M Slack workspaces. Press Ctrl/Cmd + R on your keyboard to force a refresh.

On mobile

If you have never signed in to the Slack mobile app, 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 address.
  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. (You may be redirected to your mobile device's browser, where you will need to tap Open in Slack to continue.)
  5. Check the box next to University of Michigan and tap Next.

Note: You may notice additional non-UM Slack workspaces in the list. You can choose whether you want them included in your app by checking/unchecking the boxes beside each.

  1. Tap Continue to Sign In.
  2. Tap Sign In with U-M Weblogin.
  3. 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, all U-M Slack workspaces you're a member or admin of should appear automatically in the sidebar channel list of your mobile app.

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

  1. Tap your current workspace's logo in the top left corner of the 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 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 Sign in beside the University of Michigan workspace. Otherwise, continue with the steps below.

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

‚ÄčIf you are already signed in to U-M Slack via the Slack desktop app, you can quickly use a QR code in the desktop app to add your workspaces to your mobile app.

  1. Click University of Michigan at the top of the left sidebar.
  2. Select Sign in on mobile.
  3. Return to your Slack mobile app and tap Scan QR Code. (You may need to allow Slack access to your device's camera to proceed.)
  4. Scan the QR code displayed on your desktop app with your mobile device's camera. U-M Slack should automatically sign in and appear in your mobile app.
  • Via email address:

You can also choose to sign in via email.

  1. Select Continue with Email.
  2. Enter your @umich.edu email address in the provided field and tap Next.
  3. 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. (You may be redirected to your mobile device's browser, where you will need to tap Open in Slack to continue.)
  4. Check the box next to University of Michigan and tap Next.
    • You may notice additional non-UM Slack workspaces in the list. You can choose whether you want them included in your app by checking/unchecking the boxes beside each.
  5. Tap Continue to Sign In.
  6. Tap Sign In with U-M Weblogin.

On web browser

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

Note: Slack does not support Internet Explorer 11.

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Last Updated: 
Friday, December 8, 2023