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How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

Slack is so much more than a chat and file sharing app you use for work. It’s a reliable and very functional workplace communication and organization tool.

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

Most of the workflow in Slack goes through user channels. So, that’s why it’s essential to know how to manage them. You can edit, rename, and delete channels. And you can also archive them. But what does that mean exactly?

And is there a way to find a channel you archived a while ago? In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about archived channels in Slack.

Where Are Archived Channels?

You can decide to archive a channel instead of deleting it for any reason. If the channel is dedicated to a project that has been inactive for a while, it’s probably best to archive it. Once you do so, it won’t disappear from the list of channels.

However, Slack will remove it from the list of your active conversations. You will be able to see the “archive icon” next to the name of the channel in the sidebar window. You will still have access to all the files and messages on the channel, even after you archive it.

If you need to find something, all you have to do is search the Slack channels using search modifiers. Still, the channel will remain inactive for any further messaging or file sharing. And all the members, as well as apps, from the archived Slack channel, will automatically be removed.

Regardless of your subscription plan, every member, except guests, can archive a channel. That said, workspace owners can disable that feature. When someone archives a Slack channel, Slackbot will notify everyone about the change.

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

Unarchiving a Slack Channel

When a Slack channel is archived, it doesn’t go away; it becomes inactive. However, things can change, and you might need to reactivate an archived channel. Slack gives you that option. Unarchiving a Slack channel is very simple. All you have to do is follow these steps:

  1. Open Slack on your desktop and then select the “Channel browser” icon (sidebar on the left.)
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  2. Enter the name of the channel. Alternatively, select the “Filter” icon and select “Channel Type.”
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  3. From the drop-down menu, select “Archived channels.”
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  4. Select the channel you were looking for.
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  5. Click the channel name in the conversation header.
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  6. Select Settings, then click “Unarchive this channel.”
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Your archived Slack channel will become active again. And all the members that got removed will be restored to the channel.

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

Renaming a Slack Channel

When you archive a Slack channel, you can’t create another channel with the same name. But what if you need to reuse its name?

In that case, you have to unarchive a channel, rename it, and archive it again. So, after you unarchive the channel following the above steps, it’s time to rename it. Here’s how you do that:

  1. Select the channel you want to rename.
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  2. Click the channel name in the conversation header.
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  3. Select “About.”
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  4. Select “Edit.”
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  5. Type in the new channel name and then select “Save Changes.”
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Just remember that a new channel’s name can’t be over 80 characters. And everything has to be in lowercase with no spaces or periods. Also, you can only rename a channel that you have created. Naming and renaming a Slack channel has some other restrictions.

Certain words are reserved regardless of in which country you’re using Slack. If you want to make sure to avoid those words, you can check out this list on the official Slack website.

The #general Channel

The #general channel exists in every single Slack workspace. Everyone who joins is automatically added to #general. It’s usually space where admins and members write announcements or share essential information that everyone has to see.

You can’t archive the #general channel, and therefore you can’t unarchive or delete it. As far as renaming goes, Workspace Admins have the option of changing the name into whatever they feel is more fitting to their workplace environment.

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

Archived Channels Aren’t Going Anywhere

If you’re sure you won’t need a channel, you can pull the trigger and delete it. But if there’s an ounce of chance that the data history from the channel will become useful, it’s probably best to archive it. You won’t even notice it’s there.

And the archive icon will remind you that you can’t post or send any files on that channel anymore. If you need to reuse its name, just unarchive it and rename it. It only takes a few clicks and an idea for a new name.

Have you had to archive a Slack channel before? Have you ever reused channel names? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Slack brings team communication and collaboration into one place so you can get more work done, whether you belong to a large enterprise or a small business. Check off your to-do list and move your projects forward by bringing the right people, conversations, tools, and information you need together. Slack is available on any device, so you can find and access your team and your work, whether you’re at your desk or on the go.

Use Slack to:
• Communicate with your team and organize your conversations by topics, projects, or anything else that matters to your work
• Message or call any person or group within your team
• Share and edit documents and collaborate with the right people all in Slack
• Integrate into your workflow, the tools and services you already use including Google Drive, Salesforce, Dropbox, Asana, Twitter, Zendesk, and more
• Easily search a central knowledge base that automatically indexes and archives your team’s past conversations and files
• Customize your notifications so you stay focused on what matters

Scientifically proven (or at least rumored) to make your working life simpler, more pleasant, and more productive. We hope you’ll give Slack a try.

Having trouble? Please reach out to [email protected]

What’s New

Bug Fixes
• Fixed: In orgs where a mandatory mobile browser is required, the app was still defaulting to Slack’s in-app browser during sign-in. This would lead to situations where the browser would attempt to auth, be denied, then give up and sulk without providing any alternative. The appropriate browser will now be used, so if you’re locked out it’s your fault now. Probably.

Ratings and Reviews

Editors’ Choice

Years into transforming the workplace, Slack continues to be as essential to teams as ever. Chatting with your colleagues in dedicated channels is at the core of this productivity powerhouse, but don’t snooze on its direct messaging tools, app integrations, and world-famous emoji support. If you need to gather the team for that one final push, you’ll want to do it in Slack.

Good except for notifications

Overall the app works quite well. Some things are big misses for me though, especially notifications. Putting a lot of detail in hopes it is read by developers as I do want to love the app.

Searching for users when trying to start a DM doesn’t prioritize users you’ve talked to before. I work at a company with thousands of employees, so if I search for someone with a common first name and I don’t know their last name, I have to go through a list of 30 people when I’ve talked to them before and I’d expect them to just come up first.

Messages you read on web or on the app don’t dismiss notifications. I have to go dismiss them all one at a time even though the app should know I’ve read them. Big failing for me compared to something like FB messenger which will know to clear them.

There are no different snooze settings for different days of the week. I don’t work 7 days a week. Why would I want the same snooze settings?

There is no granularity on getting alerts for channels besides give me everything all the time, and give me nothing. If a conversation is happening I want to know about it, but I also don’t want my phone to completely blow up with 50 notifications beeping at me in 10 minutes. It would be much less distracting / annoying to group the messages and notify on configurable intervals

Lastly, if I get a message while snoozed I am not told about it once the snooze ends. This can lead to me not noticing a message for days

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back for iPad

The recent iPad App update misses the mark quite considerably. In some ways, it is almost as if Slack doesn’t understand its users. No longer easy to see all unread messages in one place – which was a feature I regularly requested for the desktop app. Now, the iPad app has been turned to be quite bland. Seems like the “Dark Mode” folks won the design argument; as the new app no longer supports the desktop or web app color themes; which now makes the iPad app incredibly difficult to know at a glance which team you’re viewing. Also frustrating are the 3 or so “Unread Direct Messages” you can see, when you tap “Show All” it takes you to the “Direct Messages” sidebar that sorts in its own way, with unreads strewn about. Also, Direct message addresses are much harder to read; too much text all clumped together. Unfortunate for the iPad app, Slack has taken a once very useful version (preferred as a second screen in some cases over the desktop app) and made it into a giant iPhone app. The iPhone app now also suffers from this Direct Message unread messages “Show All” problem. The only way to return some of the missing sort and see all DMs on the iPad app is to select the sort option of “by recent” but it does not group unreads. 7 years using Slack, and this is by far the most disappointing iPad app “upgrade.” Repackage the desktop app for the iPad and call it “Slack Pro” for iPad Pro users who use their iPad in place of a laptop.

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How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

Founder of Sweet Fish Media, a Podcast Agency for B2B Brands

The foundation of every relationship is built on trust and communication. Communicating well builds trust. Trust opens the doors of communication.

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

But how can you emphasize trust and communication in your organization? What tools support a culture of transparency and results?

A New Definition for Team Communication

If you’re wondering what Slack is, the company website says it best:

Slack is a platform for team communication: everything in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go.

Put another way: Slack is the best of every communication medium combined in a beautiful design and intuitive interface that works across every major platform.

Because of the familiar features (hashtags, @mentions, emojis, links, favorites, etc) new users instantly feel at home and ramp up quickly.

Slack combines the core benefits of email, the reactive speed of text messaging, the accessibility of social networks, and the responsiveness of mobile to deliver a solution that looks simple on the surface while packing a powerful punch under the hood.

You get to make your individual Slack setup as complicated or clean as you want.

Essential Fundamentals

Communication within Slack is organized into 3 main categories:

  • Channels
  • Direct messages
  • Private Groups

Channels are the primary streams of communication.

Think of them as topics or projects. Channels are open to anyone within the Slack group to join or review. This provides open dialogue, enables cross functional communication, and helps a team identify where multiple bodies of work may intersect.

For teams of any size it’s important to manage the volume and scope of the channels.

A channel can get too crowded with overlapping dialogue. On the flip side, if a new channel is created for everything, it’s difficult to keep track of the right conversation. Not to mention your notifications will go haywire.

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

In addition to a channel for each major project (topic, department, etc), here are a few standard channels every team should use:

  1. Resources. This serves as a repository for links, documents, photos, books, tools or whatever content can serve as a resource for helping your team get the work done well.

Random. If anyone on your team likes Dilbert, cat gifs, The Daily Show, or baby memes, this is the place to drop that stuff. A little humor goes a long way.

Brainstorm. Teams are rich with ideas. Provide an easy place to pitch ideas and ask for feedback. They won’t all be gems, but you’ll never find a diamond if you don’t start digging.

HighLow. Remember your team is made up of human beings, not machines. This channel gives people the chance to be vulnerable and highlight a weekly/daily win as well as share a struggle. We all need hugs and high fives.

Water Cooler. We can’t upload or download cold beverages just yet, but casual conversation and shooting the breeze improves team cohesion and can lead to new ideas. Give your team a place where everyone can relax and chat about weekend plans or favorite bands.

These six channels create a solid foundation to start using Slack like a pro right out of the gate.

The remaining communication options are pretty self-explanatory.

Direct messages. Communication between two team members that only they can see. Kind of like an email or instant message with no cc or bcc option.

Private group. Think of this is an exclusive channel. It functions the same, but the content is only visible to those included by the admin. Warning: use this sparingly. The goal is open, effective communication.

Building Your Toolbox

Slack has a ton of features to facilitate communication, information sharing, and project management.

  • #hashtag. Just like Twitter, use hashtags within comments to tag a channel or specific topic. This helps organize search results and allows users to find relevant details easily. This comes in handy if a particular item has implications for multiple channels. Instead of posting the same content in 4 different places, just add the desired hashtag.

@mention. Most social media platforms allow you to @mention (or tag) someone in a post or photo. Within a Slack channel you can @mention a specific team member (@individual), the entire channel (@channel), or the whole team associated with a particular Slack account (@everyone). Using the @mention feature will specifically ping the applicable user via their personal notification settings (via email, mobile, or desktop).

star. much like a “favorite” on Twitter (“like” on Facebook, “+1” on Google+), Slack allows you to “star” comments. This can simply be a method of showing support or agreement with a comment or you can use it to mark something for reference later. Just like hashtags, stars are integrated with the search function.

upload. If you can attach it to an email, you can upload it to Slack. Graphics, images, spreadsheets, documents, etc. With dozens of app integrations you can even link Slack to your Google Drive or Dropbox folders for easy sharing and file management.

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

links. Whether sharing a resource, requesting feedback, or looking at a preview of a new website, you can post a link and Slack will load a preview (just like Facebook).

search. Data is only useful if you can find it. The same goes for communication. Looking for a file? Trying to remember what Bob said about that one proposal? Pop some simple terms in the native search bar at the top and the answers are at your fingertips.

archive. All projects eventually come to an end. Slack enables users to archive channels and private groups. This allows teams to keep communication clear of clutter while still having the content available for later reference.

Conclusion

Too often organizations young and old resign themselves to archaic communication tools and face the daily frustration with agony.

You don’t have time for that nonsense. Join Slack (for FREE) and discover the most dynamic, powerful, and user-friendly communication tool ever designed.

James Carbary is the founder of Sweet Fish Media. You don’t have time to write and promote a blog for your business. Let Sweet Fish do it for you.

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How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

Slack is such a widely used communication tool for businesses and teams that if you belong to more than one Slack workspace, it can get overwhelming. You may have a large number of notifications displayed on the app badge icon, but until you open Slack, you don’t know which workspace they belong to.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have two separate instances of Slack on your iOS device? That way, you can use one for higher priority workspaces and the other for lower priority workspaces. Then, you can check the most important one when needed.

Luckily, we were able to catch a great tip from a recent episode of Cortex, a podcast hosted by CGP Grey and Myke Hurley. So, here’s how to get two Slack apps on your iPhone or iPad.

Download Slack for EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management)

An easy way to do this is to head over to the App Store and search for Slack EMM. Or, just search for Slack, tap the More (three-dot icon) button, and then tap More by this Developer. Slack EMM should be in the list for you to download.

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

As CGP Grey explains during the podcast, Slack EMM seems to receive the same updates as Slack, except they just come a little later.

Both Slack and Slack for EMM are available for free on the App Store.

Benefits of two Slack apps

As we touched on above, you might use Slack EMM for lower priority workspaces and the regular Slack app for higher priority workspaces. This lets you open the Slack app that you need, when you need it.

Another nice benefit is that you can configure the app notifications separately. From where the alert displays on your screen to the app badge icon to the sound, each app’s notification can be different. Open your Settings, scroll down to and tap each Slack app to open it, and then tap Notifications.

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

Wrapping it up

Being able to separate Slack workspaces in one app is good but being able to do it with two apps can be even better. Maybe your main business Slack account is your higher priority, so giving it its own app mean it always gets your attention. Are you going to give two Slack apps a try on your iPhone or iPad?

Your application might live outside of Slack. Perhaps it includes a website, or a mobile application.

Ever wish you could send a user back to a meaningful location in Slack?

  • Deep linking for your Slack app
    • Open a direct message with your app or bot
    • Open a channel by name or ID
  • Deep linking into Slack with slack://
    • Open Slack
    • Open an App Home
    • Open a channel
    • Open a direct message
    • Open a file
    • Share a file
  • Message permalinks
  • Example workflows

Deep linking into your Slack app

Swiftly send users back to work during the installation process by redirecting them to a conversation with your app or bot using app_redirect .

Opening a direct message with your app or bot

Slack apps with bot users or workspace apps can send users right into a conversation with your app.

Combine this feature with channel creation or installation and provide a guided onboarding experience.

Whether you want to send users to a conversation directly after you receive an access token using OAuth or you simply want to link from your website or from within a message, send them to a URL like this:

When linking to a direct message, the app_redirect URL accepts two parameters:

  • app – your application’s unique ID, such as A1BES823B . If invalid, users will be sent to the App Directory instead. Find your Slack app’s ID by preserving the app_id field received when using oauth.token . It can also be found while managing your app by inspecting the URL and looking for the alphanumeric ID beginning with A , like A123456 .
  • team – the team ID belonging to a target workspace. Useful when you know which workspace the user should be sent to. When no team is provided or the user is not signed in, users will be sent to their default team or asked to sign in. Use the team.info method to obtain the ID of the workspace your app is currently installed in.

If your app is marked for distribution but not installed yet, users will be directed to your app’s profile in the App Directory.

If your app is not marked for distribution and not yet installed, users will be sent to the app directory.

If your app is installed, users will be sent directly to a conversation with your bot user or workspace app.

Opening a channel by name or ID

Send users to a specific channel or conversation , whether you know it only by name or have its authentic ID.

We’ll handle addressing permissions however you present the request. When a channel is private or otherwise privileged, the logged in user must be a member of that conversation.

If the user does not have access to the channel or the channel does not exist, users will be presented with a HTTP 404 page.

Sending users to a known channel by ID:

Sending users to a channel by name:

When linking to a direct message, the app_redirect URL accepts two parameters:

  • channel – The destination channel ID or channel name to send a user to. If invalid or inaccessible, users will receive a 404.
  • team – the team ID belonging to a target workspace. Useful when you know which workspace the user should be sent to. When no team is provided or the user is not signed in, users will be sent to their default team or asked to sign in.

Deep linking with slack://

Use the slack:// URI scheme to deep link into a user’s native Slack client on the following operating systems:

Desktop clients

  • Macintosh
  • Windows

Mobile clients

  • iPhone
  • Android

Supported URIs

Sending a user to Slack can be as easy as linking users to these simple URI templates.

To make the best use of these URL patterns, make sure you’re keeping tabs on team IDs, channel IDs, user IDs, and file IDs — these schemes do not support workspace subdomains, channel names, or user names. Not even filenames.

For best results, properly URL-encode your query parameters. Unrecognized paths will fall back to slack://open .

Open Slack

Open the native Slack client on behalf of the user’s default workspace.

Open Slack and switch workspaces to the specified team . The provided TEAM_ID should be a string, the ID of your Slack workspace, like T12345 .

Open an App Home

Opens the App Home belonging to the app specified by the APP_ID in the id field, like ADZ494LHY . You must also specify team with a TEAM_ID , using the ID of your Slack workspace.

You can also deep-link directly to a specific tab within an App Home:

The value of tab should be one of:

  • home – opens the Home tab of the app specified by id within the Slack workspace specified by team .
  • about – opens the About tab of the app specified by id within the Slack workspace specified by team .
  • messages – opens the Messages tab of the app specified by id within the Slack workspace specified by team .

Open a channel

Open the channel specified by the CHANNEL_ID provided in the id field, like C024BE91L . You must also specify the team with a TEAM_ID , using the ID of your Slack workspace.

Open a direct message

Open a direct message with the presented USER_ID value of the id field. You must also specify a team with a TEAM_ID , using the ID of your Slack workspace.

Open a file

Open the file specified by FILE_ID value of the id field. Don’t forget to also specify a team with a TEAM_ID , using the ID of your Slack workspace.

Share a file

Open the share file dialog to share file specified by FILE_ID value of the id field. Don’t forget to also specify a team with a TEAM_ID , using the ID of your Slack workspace.

Slack is the tool of choice for many enterprises and companies that collaborate over distance. It’s a productivity powerhouse that encompasses chat, file sharing, project management tools and a huge range of addons that offer a lot of power to the app. What usually happens within a Slack group is a lot of files are shared with little version control and a lot of mess to clean up once the project is complete. If you’re cleaning up after such a project, here is how to delete all Slack files without deleting the workspace.

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

Slack keeps everything. As long as the workspace is kept alive, all of the files, channels, chats and everything you shared will be kept. You could archive or delete a workspace but given that it takes a little time to set up and break down, if you’re planning to bring the team together again for another project, it might not be worth it. Far better to perform a little housekeeping to keep things tidy.

The main limitation with Slack is disk space. With everything being saved, you will quickly run through 5GB of space in even a modest project. To help manage space, you can delete files that take up too much of it. That’s what this tutorial is all about.

Members and Guests can be configured to delete files or the workspace administrator can withhold permission. Either way, you can delete individual Slack files without any addons but to delete all Slack files within a workspace, you’ll need a script.

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Delete Slack files

Exactly how you delete Slack files depends entirely on what platform you’re using. It differs slightly between desktop, Android and iOS so I’ll show you all of them. You can delete a file you personally added to a workspace or from a shared channel. Anyone can delete files they add but only Workspace Owners or Administrators can delete files from shared channels. The method is the same for both.

  1. Select the channel name in the top right of the screen.
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  2. Under the About section, scroll down and select the file you want to delete.
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  3. Click on the three-dot menu icon and select Delete file.
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  4. Confirm with Yes, Delete This File.
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  1. Select the file you want to delete from within Slack.
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  2. Select the three-dot menu icon on the bottom right of the screen and select Delete.
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  3. Select Delete again to confirm.
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  1. Select Your Files within Slack.
  2. Select a file to delete.
  3. Select the three dot menu icon in the bottom right of the screen.
  4. Select Delete and then Yes, Delete File to confirm.

You can only select to delete one file at a time whichever platform you use. If you only have a couple files, this should be fine. If you have more, you will need to use an addon or script.

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Delete all Slack files in bulk

To delete all Slack files in bulk you will need to use a script. There are a few good ones on GitHub that are free to use. They do require Python to be installed into your computer to be able to run them but that is easily taken care of. The script I include below will delete all files older than 30 days. This helps save disk space while keeping the latest versions of files available for the team.

  1. Download and install Python from here.
  2. Install the Requests library in Python from here.
  3. Get yourself an API key from Slack.
  4. Create a file with Notepad or text editor and call it something meaningful. It must have the suffix .py to work in Python.
  5. Paste the script below into your .py file.
  6. Add your Slack API key where it says token = ”. EG: token = ‘API KEY HERE’.
  7. Save the script and then run it.

The script text you need to paste:

This script is not my work but was taken from GitHub. All credit must go to the author for the code.

Managing disk space is one of the main challenges of using Slack and deleting old files is a good way of overcoming that limitation. If you’re managing a team or workspace, now you know how to delete all Slack files to manage disk space!

Vann Vicente has been a technology writer for four years, with a focus on explainers geared towards average consumers. He also works as a digital marketer for a regional e-commerce website. He’s invested in internet culture, social media, and how people interact with the web. Read more.

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

Slack and Discord let you collaborate and chat online with ease, and they’re both wildly popular. But which should you use to make your next chat server? Let’s compare the two services head-to-head.

Group Chatting Giants

Of the many group chatting services online, two stand out in popularity, features, and versatility: Slack and Discord. While Discord markets primarily to gamers and Slack markets to business users, the line has blurred in recent years.

Discord includes powerful features like robust voice chat and many multimedia-sharing options. In contrast, Slack comes at a much heftier price tag than Discord, but it supports a wide array of slick integrations, great archiving and search functions, and a clean interface.

We’ll be taking a look at each of these services’ features, pricing, performance, and use cases to help you decide which one to use for your next group discussion.

Reasons to Team Chat

First, let’s look at three broad reasons why someone might start a messaging channel: online communities, personal groups, and workspaces.

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

Discord is great for starting an online community, whether it’s a channel about art, business, music, gaming, or sports. The software boasts robust channel management features, user tags, and moderation tools. Discord also supports large-scale groups with hundreds or thousands of members in a single server.

Gamers also enjoy many of Discord’s gaming-oriented features. It supports powerful integrations with a host of gaming-related applications and networks, including Twitch, Steam, and PS Network. Discord works excellently even when you’re in the middle of a game, as players can hop in and out of voice chat with ease.

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

For a private group chat with fewer than 50 people, Discord is still a better option. Discord’s fun integrations, like music, GIFs, and games, are valuable for small groups. The free version of Discord also supports video calls with up to 25 people and an unlimited number of users on a voice call. In contrast, Slack only supports two-way communication in the free plan.

For creating a workspace, the question is a bit more complicated.

Discord vs. Slack for Your Workspace

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

Slack brands itself as “where work happens,” so it’s no surprise that it offers many features aimed at business users. However, Slack is quite pricey, and its free version is limited. Small and medium businesses, especially those with a small team and a limited budget, might consider Discord for their workspace. In that use case, how do these two compare?

Here’s a round-up of features important to business users (and who we think comes out on top):

  • File Sharing and Management: Discord supports file-sharing, but uploads are limited to 8MB per file. Slack includes robust file-sharing options, file search, and deep integration with cloud storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive. Take note that Slack’s free version has a maximum storage of 5GB.
  • Message Archive: Discord allows you to view a server’s entire message archive, even on the most basic version. Slack limits users to a maximum of 10,000 viewable messages on the free version.
  • Video and Voice Call: Discord supports multiple low-latency video and voice channels in a single server. Video calls can host up to 25 users, while voice calls are unlimited. In contrast, Slack’s paid plans limit you to 15 people in a group video or voice conference. Also, Slack only supports two-way calls on the free version.
  • User Management: Discord can host thousands of people in a single server and offers mute, remove, and block features. Slack also supports thousands of people in a single server and provides a robust directory for accessing users’ information.
  • Integrations & Automations: Discord supports a few basic integrations with business apps. On the other hand, Slack offers extensive support for integrations and automations, with many major project management tools, collaboration apps, and calendars integrating seamlessly with the software.
  • Interface: Discord’s interface is easy to navigate, but it has a gamer-looking aesthetic that might not be for everyone. Slack’s interface is refined and clean and looks professional, with fewer bells and whistles than Discord’s interface.
  • Mobile App: Both offer refined mobile apps with notification management and access to archives and messages on mobile.
  • Pricing: Discord’s core features are entirely free, with additional functionality available via server boosts starting at $10/month. Slack has a free version with some caveats, including a 5GB limit on total uploads, up to 10,000 viewable messages, no group call support, and a maximum of 10 third-party apps. Paid plans start at $8/month per user.

What Should I Use for My Workspace?

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While Discord lacks some business-oriented features, like robust integrations and file management, its low price and few limitations are attractive to teams that don’t plan to handle file management in-app and don’t use many integrations.

If you want a free solution, the limitations of Slack’s basic plan might be rough. The max number of messages, files, and integrations inhibit the app’s versatility. However, it might be sufficient for smaller workspaces. If you’re looking into paid plans, Slack can be quite expensive if you have a larger workspace. Since they have a per-user pricing model, the more your team grows, the more your company pays monthly.

The choice depends on your willingness to pay. If you’re a free user, Discord is a full-featured option that contains all of the necessary features to get your workspace up and running. If you’re willing to pay for a subscription, Slack’s file-sharing and integration support are significantly better. They will allow you to manage and run parts of your business while entirely using Slack. Ultimately, it’s an investment that could increase the efficiency of your team.

It’s easy to sign out of Slack . You just click (or tap if on a mobile device) on your name at the top left corner of the screen, then click (or tap) “Sign out of workspace in question” on the menu that appears.

However, that only signs you out of that specific Slack workspace, and only on specific device you’re using. If you are logged into the Slack app with several Slack workspaces, you will need to take an extra step to sign out completely.

Here’s how to do it.

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How to sign out of Slack completely

Again, on a computer or mobile device, you can simply click or tap on your name at the top left corner of the screen, then select “Sign out of workspace in question” to sign out of that device’s session.

To sign out from all other devices, do the following:

1. Open Slack on your Mac or PC.

2. Click on your name on the left upper corner and hit “Profile & account” on the dropdown menu.

3. Below your profile picture, click the “more options” button, which is a box with three dots.

4. Click “Account Settings” on the menu that pops up.

5. Click “Sign out all other sessions.”

Now you have safely signed off Slack on all other devices. Sign out from your current device, and sign in again whenever you’re ready.

Oliver Haslam is a professional freelance writer with nearly ten years of experience. His work has been published on Macworld, PCMag, 1Password’s blog, and other websites. He writes about all things Apple. Read more.

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Mail is the built-in email app on every iPhone and iPad. It doesn’t boast some of the more advanced options you’ll find in third-party apps, but it works well. If you’re new to Mail, there are a few things you might want to get set up before using it. Let’s take a look.

How to Manage and Add Email Accounts

Managing, adding, and removing email accounts on an iPhone or iPad happens in the Settings app instead of the Mail app. Open Settings app and select “Passwords & Accounts.”

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Here, you’ll see a list of all of the accounts on your device. Those include any Google, Exchange, or Microsoft accounts, as well as your iCloud account. Anything that can support email, calendars, and notes appear on this list. If you’d like to add a new account, tap the “Add Account” button.

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You’ll then see a list of popular account types, as well as an “Other” option for anyone with a specialized setup. Tap the type of account you need to add and follow the authentication prompts. These will differ depending on the type of account involved but are all self-explanatory along the way.

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How to Enable Notifications

You manage all iPhone and iPad notifications in the Settings app, and push notifications are no different. Open Settings and tap “Notifications” to see a list of the installed apps that support notifications. Find and tap the “Mail” option.

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Make sure that the “Allow Notifications” switch is turned on (if you want notifications), and then choose how you would like notifications to arrive. You can choose whether to see icon badges, notifications on the Lock screen, and hear alert sounds when an email arrives.

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How to Change the Length of Previews

If you receive a lot of emails, you may also want to control how much of a message you see as a preview within the Mail app. Longer previews let you see what messages are about without opening them. Shorter previews let you see more messages on the screen at once.

Head into Settings and then tap the “Mail” option.

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Tap the “Preview” option in the “Message List” section.

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Finally, select the number of lines you want to display. The options range from None all the way up to five lines.

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How to Change the Options When you Swipe

If you have to deal with a lot of emails, triaging that email can be a big part of processing an overflowing Inbox. Being able to quickly swipe an email to archive it, mark it as read, or flag it is a real boon for productivity.

Again, open the Settings app and tap the “Mail” option.

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Next, tap “Swipe Options” to make changes to the actions Mail carries out when you swipe a message.

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The resulting screen shows two options: one for when you swipe to the left and one for when you swipe to the right. Select the action you want each gesture to take by tapping on either the “Swipe Left” or “Swipe Right” options.

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How to Load Remote Images

Loading remote images in your email is part security concern and part bandwidth concern. Spam senders can use tiny embedded images to determine whether you’ve opened a message (and thereby verified that your email address is legitimate). Pictures can also eat up bandwidth if you get a lot of them. And do note here that by remote images, we’re talking about images that are inline URLs within a message that point to pictures online (just like in a web page). We’re not talking about pictures people have attached in their emails to you.

The option to load remote images is enabled in Mail by default, but you can turn it off.

As you might have guessed by now, that toggle is in the Settings app, inside the Mail section.

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How to Organize Emails by Thread

Organizing email by thread is something that can help to tidy a busy Inbox, so if you want to enable it, you will find the option in Settings > Mail.

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In the “Threading” section, switch the toggle for “Organize by Thread” to the on position.

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How to Set a Signature

Email signatures are great ways of signing off emails in a way that not only reaffirms the sender but can also offer further contact information or information as required. Enabling one for the Mail app is easy, and as has so often been the case in this guide, starts with a trip to Settings > Mail.

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Next, tap “Signature” option.

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Finally, type the signature you would like to use and save your changes by tapping the “Mail” button in the top-left corner.

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Mail is a pretty simple app, but there are a number of settings available to help you make it your own.

Slack apps tend to encounter messages most often when receiving them in Events API payloads or in request payloads when users invoke slash commands or custom actions.

However, there are some occasions where it might be necessary for an app to actively seek out a message and find it in the wild.

This guide will show you how to access the history of a Slack conversation and then pull out the details of a specific message. It will also show you how to identify threaded messages, and retrieve the replies in a thread.

Getting started with retrieving messages

One thing you’ll need before starting is a Slack app. If you don’t have one yet, here’s a very quick guide to help you create one. Make sure you create the app in a test workspace, because you’re going to be requesting some major data access permissions.

After you’ve done that, come back here and keep reading.

Requesting the necessary permissions

In a raw state, your app will only be able to view messages that are sent to it. In order to read anything else, it will need to request scopes to get permission.

There are lots of scopes available, and you can read our OAuth guide for more information on why they’re needed, and what they do. For this guide, we need to add two scopes.

The first is channels:read . That scope lets your app retrieve a list of all the public channels in a workspace so that we can pick one to retrieve a message from.

The second is channels:history . This will allow your app to view all the messages within any public channel in a workspace.

Requesting these permissions is easy:

  1. Load up the settings for your app from the app management page.
  2. In the navigation menu, choose the OAuth & Permissions feature.
  3. Scroll down to the Scopes section, and pick channels:read and channels:history from the drop down menu.
  4. Click save changes.
  5. Scroll back to the top of this page and look for the button that says Install App to Workspace (or Reinstall App if you’ve done this before). Click it.

You’ll now see a permission request screen to install your app to its original workspace.

If you had already installed your app to its original workspace before, you might still see the permissions screen if the scopes you just added weren’t previously granted to your app.

Authorize your app and you should see a success message. On the OAuth & Permissions settings page you’re brought back to, you should now see an OAuth access token available.

Grab this token and store it for later, as we’ll use that token to make some Web API calls.

Finding a conversation

In order to find a valid Slack conversation ID, we’ll use the conversations.list API method. This API will return a list of all public channels in the workspace your app is installed to. You’ll need the channels:read permission granted to your app.

Within that list, we’ll be able to find a specific id of the conversation that we want to access. Here’s an example API call:

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UPDATE: March 21, 2018, 10:59 a.m. PDT: Slack is changing its policies around this, and doing away with Compliance Exports altogether. However, that doesn’t mean your DMs are necessarily safe. In fact, the situation could be even worse. Read our follow up story for more details.

The original story below.

Slack, like office gossip, is a part of modern day work life. And so it’s only natural to wonder just who, exactly, is privy to all the juicy tidbits you and your coworkers share over direct message. Could your boss be reading those comments about his ugly tie — or, much more seriously, your plans to unionize?

While some will argue that you should never send a message you wouldn’t want a manager to see, that level of caution is extremely difficult for many who work remotely or with coworkers spread across the world. It’s not like you can have a casual, off the record lunch with your team when your closest coworker is thousands of miles away. Thankfully, there is a way to find out what Slack privacy settings your company has in place.

First, let’s cover the basics. Obviously, public channels can be joined by anyone. Their contents are searchable, so even if your boss hasn’t joined a channel, it doesn’t mean he or she can’t see its contents. Second, while Slack says both a private channel (identified with a little lock icon) “and its contents are visible and searchable only to the channel members,” your messages there cease being private the second a boss gets wind of the channel and insists someone invite them in.

Where does that leave a corporate dissident? That would be the classic direct message. On Slack, DMs can be between two or more people, and the company explains that “[they’re] visible and searchable only to you and the members you DM.”

Sounds pretty good, right? But there’s a pretty massive catch, and it goes by the name of compliance export.

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Companies on Slack’s Plus plan have the option to enable the benign sounding compliance report. And just what is that, exactly? In a nutshell, it’s a way for a Team Owner to export all Slack data.

“In a regulated industry or have legal obligations to archive messages?” asks Slack in an ad for the service. “Team Owners can request access to their entire Slack message history, including private channel messages and direct messages.”

Additional reading makes it clear that “Compliance Exports can be enabled so that messages and files from private channels and direct messages are included in Slack data exports.”

Essentially, if the head of your company has this feature enabled, he or she can export the contents of your DMs in a searchable form for reading at a leisurely pace — making your private chats suddenly very public. This is not an abstract concern. For example, Splinter reports that this feature was enabled at CNN earlier this year.

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So, how can you tell if your company has Compliance Exports enabled? It’s actually incredibly simple. While signed into Slack in your browser, mosey on over to https://[insert your team name here].slack.com/account/team. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and you’ll see if that feature is turned on. Fingers crossed it’s not.

If it is enabled, than anything you’ve ever sent over DM — included now deleted messages — can potentially be searched by your company’s higher ups. If it’s not enabled, then you’re good for now as the feature does not log “messages from private channels and direct messages sent before the feature was enabled.”

In other words, say your CEO got suspicious and turned this feature on today. They would still not be able to read what you wrote in a DM last week.

That’s not all you need to worry about, however. There’s also a little thing called the Discovery API. According to Slack, this feature allows “eligible Slack customers (and their Workspace Owners) to integrate their organization with third-party applications in order to export, retain, or archive some or all messages and files submitted to Slack, including all messages and files submitted to workspaces on Free, Standard and Plus plan that the applicable Customers and/or Workspace Owner(s) elect(s) to migrate into a Slack for Enterprise organization.”

Essentially, your company can plug third-party software into Slack’s API, which then has the ability to archive messages sent over the platform. So, how do you check for that? Buckle up, because this part’s a pain.

Head to https://[insert your team name here].slack.com/apps/manage to see all the apps integrated with your Slack’s API. There may be none, a few, or a lot. Next, select “Can access messages” from the “Access type” drop-down menu. Scroll through every app’s “App Info” and “Settings” sections. You may find that certain named individuals (coworkers or bosses), via integrated apps, have the listed permission to “Access content in user’s direct messages.”

Slack confirmed that this does in fact mean that an administrator could theoretically read an entire teams DM’s via a whitelisted app plugged into the Discovery API.

If, after diving through your company’s Slack settings, you see that your DMs are being exported, consider exchanging cell numbers with your coworkers and using a messaging app like Signal — there’s even a group messaging function. Because whether you’re planning to unionize, discussing a creepy boss, or just wanting to talk about getting drunk — it’s better to be safe than sorry.

This story has been updated with a confirmation from Slack regarding the Discovery API.

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Slack is meant for business, but it’s inevitably used for personal reasons too, or even just to goof off with colleagues. However, you never know who’s looking over your shoulder (nosy coworker? boss?), and you could get in trouble for something sent to you. That’s why you might want to hide images and GIFs to help keep your conversations private.

You can do this in two different ways: either collapse images and GIFs through your settings (longer method) or collapse images and GIFs using Slack commands (shorter method). If you want a little bit more privacy when you use Slack, this feature is quite useful.

Method #1: Collapse Images and GIFs (Longer Method)

If you want to hide all images and GIFs in all channels and direct messages on Slack, you can easily do so. Open the Slack app on your device and go to any channel or conversation in your account — Slackbot works fine. Tap on the three-dot menu in the top-right corner and then on “Settings” in the menu that appears.

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Under the Settings page, tap on “Advanced” to view more settings. Then, if you’re using an iPhone, enable the switch next to “Collapse All Images,” which is turned off by default. If you’re on Android, disable the switch next to “Show image previews.”

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Now go back and view images and GIFs in your conversations. Instead of appearing as usual (left screenshot), they’ll now appear as a box with the file name in it, along with the size and type of media (middle screenshot). You can tap on either link to view the image or GIF in a separate page (right screenshot).

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You can still share, save, and star images and GIFs (among other things) when they’re collapsed — the only difference is that they’re hidden from plain sight. To stop hiding images and GIFs from your Slack, either enable “Show image previews” (Android) or disable “Collapse All Images” (iOS).

It’s also important to note that images and GIFs will only appear collapsed on your Slack account. If you send a photo to someone else, the image will not appear hidden on the recipient’s end, unless they too have images hidden.

Method #2: Collapse Images and GIFs (Short Method)

Although Method #1 does the trick, this second option gets the same thing done, but much faster because of the use of built-in Slack commands. If you want to collapse all images and GIFs in your conversations, tap on the command icon (or just enter a forward slash into your chat) and type in “collapse.” Hit “Send” and all of the images and GIFs in your account will collapse.

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To unhide, or expand, the images and GIFs, tap on the command icon or enter a forward slash and type in “expand.” Hit “Send” and your media will expand.

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For such a tiny bubble, it sure causes a major headache.

As more and more companies realize that remote work is here to stay, an ever-growing number of Slack users are now faced with the same problem: How to appear as “active” on the platform when they’re anything but.

For the unaware, Slack is a messaging tool that many workplaces (and friend groups) use to communicate remotely. Within the service, next to your online handle, rests a little telltale bubble. Depending on whether or not you’re currently using the service, Slack will either display a green bubble for active or an empty bubble for away.

As you might imagine, this is a helpful tool for bosses trying to keep tabs on their employees. It’s also the enemy of workers who are just trying to live their lives with a minimum amount of personal autonomy.

Which brings us to the issue at hand: Keeping those bubbles green.

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Slack says it “automatically determines your availability based on how consistently you’re interacting with the app on your device.”

More specifically, Slack has a host of conditions it uses to determine whether or not that bubble shows you as working. If you’re using the mobile Slack app, the bubble is green only when the app is open — it switches off the moment you toggle away. If you use the Slack desktop app or access Slack via a browser, then after 30 minutes of inactivity the jig is up.

Importantly, if you’re using the Slack desktop app that’s 30 minutes of “system inactivity.” Whereas, if you’re using a browser to access Slack, it’s 30 minutes of “browser inactivity.” Remember that distinction, because it matters.

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“Note,” cautions Slack in bold type, There is no way to set yourself as permanently active.”

Which, OK, maybe. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to trick the system into thinking you are active. And people definitely try.

Take, for example, this ingenious individual who, it appears, hooked their wireless mouse up to a toy train.

“We created a device that seems to always operate the mouse, because the environment in which the sleep or operation of the PC is remote to the administrator when working remotely,” reads the tweet translated (albeit poorly) by Twitter.

If a work-from-home employee had their desktop Slack app open — say, for example, to the Direct Message channel with Slackbot — then the above contraption should keep their Slack bubble green for up to 30 minutes after the train stops moving. That’s because there is general system activity of the mouse moving around (even if not specific browser activity).

A fan with some pens taped to it could conceivably serve a similar purpose.

But not all of us have toy trains or extra fans sitting around ready to be repurposed. And that’s OK, because if you have a smartphone and an optical mouse, then another Twitter user suggests you already have all you need to fool Slack and your (micro) manager.

“I think that if you put an optical mouse on the smartphone video, it will move irregularly,” reads the below tweet (again translated by Twitter). “(Lol) (Unverified)”

And guess what reader. in my (admittedly limited) at-home test, the above hack actually worked. As long as your phone doesn’t go to sleep (this is important, so keep it plugged in) and the video keeps playing, your optical mouse should move ever so slightly, tricking the desktop app version — not the browser version — of Slack into thinking you’re still busy and not asleep in the next room.

For the test, I loaded up a random nature documentary on YouTube, turned my smartphone’s brightness up to maximum, plugged the phone in, and placed my optical mouse directly on top of the screen. Then I set a 30-minute timer and walked away. Thirty-two minutes later, my editor confirmed my Slack status bubble was still green. (In a later test with a different video, the trick did not work. In other words, test this out first before you commit to your nap.)

There is, however, a much easier way to accomplish this — a way that even works on the go.

How to permanently keep your Slack status bubble green

On an iPhone with the Slack app, set your phone’s “Auto-Lock” to never and then open the Slack app. As long as your phone is on, and in the Slack app, your bubble will remain green. Turn down the phone screen’s brightness to conserve battery life, and slide the phone in your pocket as you stroll to the beach.

Importantly, your bosses may still suspect you’re napping on the job when you don’t respond to their repeated and frantic @yourname messages. But that’s a small price to pay for the 45-minute beach nap you’ll be too busy taking to care.

Learn how to view and manage your notifications to minimize interruptions throughout the day.

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Open from the Lock Screen

You can see your recent notifications on the Lock Screen by picking up your iPhone or waking your iPad. You can also do these things from the Lock Screen:

  • Tap a single notification to open the app that it’s from.
  • Tap a group of notifications to view all recent notifications from that app.
  • Swipe left over a notification to manage alerts for that app, or clear the notification.
  • Touch and hold a notification to view the notification and perform quick actions if the app offers them.

To show the contents of notifications on the Lock Screen without unlocking your device, go to Settings > Notifications > Show Previews, and select Always.

Open from Notification Center

Notification Center shows your notifications history, allowing you to scroll back and see what you’ve missed. There are two ways to see your alerts from the Notification Center:

  • From the Lock Screen, swipe up from the middle of the screen.
  • From any other screen, swipe down from the center of the top of your screen.

To clear your notification history, tap the Close button , then tap Clear.

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Manage notifications

To manage your notifications from the Lock Screen or Notification Center:

  1. Swipe left over an alert or group of alerts.
  2. Tap Options, then select from these options:
    • Mute for 1 Hour
    • Mute for Today
    • View Settings
    • Turn Off

You can also tap View Settings to change your alert styles or alert settings for a specific app.

Schedule a notification summary

With iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 or later, you can schedule times to receive a summary of notifications each day so you can catch up when it’s convenient for you. The summary is personalized to you and ordered by priority based on how you use your apps, with the most relevant notifications at the top.

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To schedule a notification summary:

  1. Go to Settings > Notifications > Scheduled Summary, then turn on Scheduled Summary.
  2. Under Apps in Summary, select the apps that you want to include in your notification summary.
  3. Under Schedule, tap the Add button to add a new schedule or the Remove button to remove a schedule. Then adjust the time for each scheduled summary you have set up.

To add new apps to the summary, go back to Settings > Notifications > Scheduled Summary and select the apps under Apps in Summary. Each app appears with a number showing the average number of notifications that you receive each day from that app.

Change alert styles

  1. Go to Settings and tap Notifications.
  2. Select an app under Notification Style.
  3. Under Alerts, choose the alert style that you want. If you turn on Allow Notifications, choose when you want the notifications delivered — immediately or in the scheduled notification summary.

With iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, you can turn on Critical Alerts so notifications come through even if your iPhone is muted or you have a Focus set up.

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Change group notification settings

  1. Go to Settings and tap Notifications.
  2. Select an app and tap Notification Grouping.
  3. Select one of these options:
    • Automatic: The notifications from the app are grouped according to organizing criteria within the app, such as by topic or thread.
    • By App: All the notifications from the app are grouped together.
    • Off: Turn off grouping.

Turn off notifications for specific apps

  1. Go to Settings > Notifications, then tap Siri Suggestions.
  2. Turn off any app.

Change how notifications appear on the Lock Screen

  1. Go to Settings > Notifications and select an app.
  2. Tap Show Previews and choose an option.

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Set up location-based alerts

Some apps use your location to send you relevant alerts based on where you are. For example, you might get a reminder to call someone when you get to a specific place or when you leave for your next location.

If you don’t want these type of alerts, you can turn them off. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services, then tap an app to turn alerts on or off based on your location. Learn more about Location Services.

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With iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Focus lets you stay in the moment when you need to concentrate or step away from your device. You can customize Focus settings and choose when you want to receive alerts and notifications, while letting other people and apps know when you’re busy.

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Turn on Focus

  1. Go to Settings > Focus.
  2. Tap a provided Focus option — like Do Not Disturb, Personal, or Sleep — then turn on the Focus.
  3. After you choose a Focus, select options like Allowed Notifications, Time Sensitive Notifications, and Focus Status.

When you set up a Focus, you can select Allowed Notifications from people and apps. You can also enable Time Sensitive notifications from apps, which allows apps not in your allowed list to send notifications marked as Time Sensitive.

You can also turn on Focus from Control Center. Just open Control Center on your iPhone or iPod touch, or on your iPad, touch and hold Focus, then select the Focus you want to turn on.

When you set a Focus, the icon appears in the status bar and on your Lock Screen, and your status is automatically displayed in the Messages app. When people try to send you a message, they’ll see that you’ve silenced notifications, but they can still notify you if it’s urgent.

When you use Focus on one device, the setting is automatically applied across your Apple devices that are signed in with the same Apple ID.

Set up a custom Focus

If you want to concentrate on an activity that’s different from any of the provided Focus options, you can create a Custom Focus. Here’s how:

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  1. Go to Settings > Focus.
  2. Tap the Add button , then tap Custom or browse additional options.

Enter a name for your Focus.

Choose a color and an icon to represent your Focus, then tap Next.

Customize the options for your Focus.

Share your Focus status

When you set up a Focus, you can turn on Share Focus Status so that apps display to people who message you that you have notifications silenced. The apps only know that you have notifications silenced. Apps don’t know which Focus you have turned on, so the name is never shared. Focus status is shared in apps when you have a Focus turned on and after you give an app permission.

To turn Focus Status on:

  1. Go to Settings > Focus.
  2. Select the Focus you set up.
  3. Tap Focus Status, then turn it on.

Customize settings for Home Screen

After you set up Focus, you can silence notifications or allow only notifications from the people and apps that match your Focus. You can also customize a Home Screen page that has only apps related to your Focus and make that page the only one accessible during the time you have the Focus enabled. Here’s how:

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

  1. Go to Settings > Focus.
  2. Select the Focus that you want to customize, then tap Home Screen.
  3. Turn on Custom Pages, then select the Home Screen pages you want to use during this Focus.
  4. Tap Done.

From here, you can also turn on Hide Notification Badges, which hides notifications on your Home Screen apps.

Customize settings for Lock Screen

  1. Go to Settings > Focus.
  2. Select the Focus that you want to customize, then tap Lock Screen.
  3. Turn on Dim Lock Screen or Show On Lock Screen.

Add a schedule or automation

You can schedule a Focus to activate at certain times, when you’re at a particular location, or when you open specific apps. Here’s how:

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

To set a schedule based on certain times, locations, or apps:

  1. Go to Settings > Focus, then tap the Focus that you want to schedule.
  2. Under Turn on Automatically, tap Add Schedule or Automation.
  3. Choose when you want the automation to happen, then follow the onscreen steps.

To use Smart Activation, which will automatically apply your Focus at relevant times throughout the day:

  1. Go to Settings > Focus, then tap the Focus that you want to activate automatically.
  2. Tap Smart Activation.
  3. Tap Done .

When you turn on Smart Activation, it automatically turns on the Focus at relevant times throughout the day based on your signals, like location and app usage.

*Depending on the type of Focus you’re using, the steps might vary. For example, you might see Add Schedule or Automation or just Automation.

Allow Time Sensitive notifications

When you first set up a Focus, you can turn on Time Sensitive Notifications to allow people and apps to notify you immediately, even when you have a Focus turned on. Here’s how:

  1. Go to Settings > Focus.
  2. Select the Focus, then tap Apps under Allowed Notifications.
  3. Turn on Time Sensitive.

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You can also allow certain contacts to reach you in the event of an emergency, even when you have a Focus set up. Here’s how:

  1. Open Contacts and select a contact.
  2. Tap Edit, tap Ringtone or Text Tone, then turn on Emergency Bypass.
  3. Tap Done.

How Asana, Microsoft, NEC, Slack, and Vidyo and are ushering in the next era of collaboration.

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

Collaboration applies to an array of different business processes including editing and sharing documents, multimedia conferencing, real-time chat, or workflow management, but they all fall under the banner of unified communications and collaboration (UCC) (Opens in a new window) . Affordable cloud infrastructure makes it easier than ever for businesses to integrate the services that teams and employees use to work together. But the greater driver behind the UCC trend is the innovative collaboration technologies that are redefining how we work.

Online collaboration tools evolve as quickly as the workplaces around them and the space is only growing. International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts the content collaboration market will grow to $6.2 billion by 2019, with the biggest growth coming from the cloud around personal productivity. Heading into 2016, employees are hyper-connected and continually mobile, requiring access to business data from anywhere as well as full-featured team coordination, collaboration, and analysis features to transform that data as they see fit. In a market where both established tech players and new software start-ups are responding to a changing workforce and steering where they go next, the following five companies in particular are helping to define UCC for the next generation of work.

1. Slack
Look only as far as the recent Twitter backlash regarding Slack’s first major outage for how entrenched Slack has become as the go-to collaboration platform for all kinds of teams. Founded in 2013, the team communication app for real-time individual and group messaging is single-handedly killing in-house email and standalone instant messaging (IM) clients. The start-up has racked up nearly $340 million in funding in the last three years, is currently valued around $2.8 billion, and just launched its own $80 million venture capital (VC) fund to finance new projects. More importantly than the money, Slack makes collaboration exceedingly simple and—through an extensive emoji library including custom emojis and integrations with the likes of Giphy—surprisingly fun.

Slack recently turned its long list of third-party integrations into its own app store (Opens in a new window) as well, and the platform’s use of keywords and hashtags makes for an intuitive and searchable message archive. Slack also offers a great mobile app. There’s nothing lost in translation between the desktop and mobile clients, and the app allows users to configure notification levels to specific channels and direct conversations so they’re not bothered by any push notifications from the #random channel. Slack puts communication all in one place, making you wonder how you ever followed massively long email chains.

2. NEC
Collaboration isn’t all about software. For imaging and display hardware provider NEC, the company’s latest products are all about giving employees working in the same room the tools to freely collaborate by using a dynamic display. NEC’s new MultiSync E705-DNT (Opens in a new window) enables device-based collaboration for up to 19 employees in addition to the presenter. Through integration with user experience (UX) company TouchSystems, NEC lets users share content to the main screen, annotate the presentation, or automatically save notes from a PC, tablet, or smartphone. From an in-office perspective, UCC means giving every business user in the room instantaneous collaboration capabilities from whatever device they’re holding.

3. Asana
What Slack does for communication, Asana does for workflows. Since 2009, Asana has been a Web and mobile application for tracking and managing workflows within teams and projects. From a collaboration perspective, Asana keeps you on task. It takes email out of the equation when assigning tasks and tracking their progress, instead keeping track of it all with to-do lists and flow charts where project members can assign subtasks and discuss. Like Slack, it also has extremely capable mobile functionality for Android and iOS, and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. As businesses grow and get wrapped up in an increasingly complex Web of ongoing projects, Asana exemplifies a collaboration tool for keeping the clutter at bay.

4. Vidyo
In UCC, video collaboration should just work. Video software company Vidyo has been busy lately integrating its video collaboration tools with a number of different unified communications (UC) and productivity platforms. Vidyo recently partnered with Google (Opens in a new window) to bring the VP9 video codec (which both companies have helped develop) to WebRTC real-time video chat on Google Hangouts in Chrome browsers. VP9 takes audio and video quality up a notch in terms of quality, with a slight tradeoff in CPU usage, but it’s a big step for native video collaboration.

Vidyo also partnered with UCC platform Mitel to embed Vidyo’s multipoint video, audio, and collaboration features within Mitel services including real-time voice collaboration and IM. Another recent Vidyo integration brings the visual collaboration tool to Genesys AppFoundry, a newly launched customer experience solution marketplace. The integration lets Genesys customers launch a videoconference call from within the application, without worrying about losing the call or opening a separate client.

5. Microsoft
Microsoft has been a powerhouse in enterprise collaboration for a long time, from Microsoft Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint to Skype for Business to the collaboration features within its cloud-based Office 365 productivity platform. The transition from its older collaboration tools to its newer offerings hasn’t always been smooth, but Microsoft’s effect on the UCC shift is a pronounced one.

The company supports WebRTC in its Microsoft Edge browser for Windows 10, and is already taking steps to enable back-end Skype client interoperability with WebRTC. Microsoft has also reinforced its UCC offerings through M&A as the company recently acquired communication start-up Talko, which was launched by former Microsoft executive Ray Ozzie. Talko’s mobile communication functionality will be rolled into Skype and Skype for Business.

These video collaboration and mobile communication moves all factor into Microsoft’s larger UCC strategy. Office 365 allows users to access and collaborate on files from anywhere as well as edit documents from multiple devices; it also offers a terabyte of personal cloud storage and gives users sharing and permission controls from smartphones and tablets. The platform also includes workflow management in the form of team libraries to keep project emails and documents in one location. Microsoft software is still the most prevalent in business environments and, through a concerted shift to UCC, the company aims to remain on top.

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How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

One of your favorite apps was recently updated with all new features. Unfortunately, it no longer supports the iOS version running on your device. How would you re-install the older version of the app on your iPhone or iPad?

Unlike before, installing an older version of an iOS app is pretty simple. Albeit the process is slightly under the wraps. Hence, not too many folks would be aware of this important feature. Let me show you how it works!

UPDATE: The method is not working for now. We shall update the post as soon as we find the solution.

How to Re-install Older Version of iPhone or iPad Apps

Note: This simple trick will work with only those apps that were once compatible with the iOS version running on your device. For instance, Facebook had the support of iOS 7. Hence, you can download the app even if it doesn’t support that iOS version.

Step #1. Launch App Store on your iOS device.

Step #2. Now, search the app you wish to re-install.

Step #3. Once you have found the app, go ahead and install it as usual.

Step #4. Now, you will get a popup that would read something like, “Facebook requires iOS 8, or later You can still download the older version of the app.”

You need to tap on Download the prompt to confirm. Then, let the download process be completed. Once it’s done, launch the app, sign in to it and start using it just like before.

What if the new version of the app is compatible with your device but, you still want to use the older version?

  • Open iTunes.
  • Connect your iPhone and stop any syncing process that fires automatically
  • Now, delete the buggy app from your iPhone
  • In iTunes, click on the “Apps” link from the sidebar. This shows the apps that are available in the last backup. (or basically, all apps that you installed and synced)
  • Find the app whose older version you want to install and drag-n-drop it on the iPhone section in the sidebar. (The device section)
  • Now, all you do is simply Sync your iPhone with iTunes

What if I don’t have a backup?

You can ask any of your friends who *might* have a backup of the app in its older version. Obviously, you cannot sync your iPhone/iPad on their computer so you can simply copy the app. To do this (on your friend’s computer):

  • Click on “Apps” section in iTunes
  • Find the app and right-clickShow in Windows Explorer
  • You’ll find the .ipa file. Copy this to your system
  • Once done, you just have to drag-n-drop this .ipa file on your device in iTunes

Your take?

So, that’s how you can continue to use any app even if its current version isn’t compatible with your device. As a user, I really appreciate this feature. What’s your take on it? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

You may want to catch up with these posts as well:

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How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

Managing multiple Slack accounts can be a nightmare for freelancers, agencies and entrepreneurs that dabble in multiple companies. Since Slack has become the industry standard for internal instant messaging, if you’re involved with multiple businesses, chances are you’ve got more than one Slack account. Logging in and out of accounts is never fun. And having multiple browsers open gets messy real quick.

You did know it was possible to sign into multiple Slack workspaces at once using one Slack account, right? If not, you aren’t the only one. In fact, for those who work for a single employer, this function might not be crucial to you. However, for freelancers who work on multiple projects with multiple clients, it’s plain to see why Slack is at the head of its game.

Unlike programs from way-back-when, you don’t need five different accounts in order to join five different teams. Additionally, the setup process is incredibly easy within Shift or the regular Slack desktop app.

In this article we will teach you two easy ways to manage all of your Slack accounts in one place.

How to sign in to multiple Slack accounts

Follow the steps below to start switching between your Slack accounts with ease:

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

With Shift:

Shift is a desktop app for managing multiple Slack, email and over 1,000 of the webs top apps in one beautiful desktop app. Here’s how you can easily flip back-and-forth between your Slack accounts with Shift:

1. Launch Shift then click on the plus icon to “Add Application.”
2. Search and select Slack from the app directory.
3. When prompted, input the “Team Domain” and add the “Account Name”(optional).
4. Enter your e-mail and password to sign in.

Note: In Shift, you can select a color for each of your accounts – mix it up so you know which workspace to open!

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

Without Slack

If you’re not a Shift user, and don’t need to manage your Slack accounts alongside multiple email account and your other favorite apps, don’t worry. it is possible to manage all your accounts within Slack. Here’s how:

1. Go to the Slack web portal or open your Slack desktop app.
2. Click your workspace name at the upper left-hand side of the app.
3. Select “Sign in to another workplace . “
4. Enter the Slack URL of the team you want to sign in to.
5. Enter your e-mail and password to sign in.

You’ve learned how easy it is to jump between Slack accounts, but there are plenty of other Slack tips available on our blog. If you like learning new productivity tricks for Slack, check out our blog post on How to Use Slack More Efficiently or learn How to Format Slack Message!

Ready to manage multiple Slack workspaces better?

Now that you know how to manage all of your Slack accounts, you can take your productivity to the next level with Shift. Use Shift to manage Slack, Gmail, Google Drive, Facebook, Slack, WhatsApp, Trello, and hundreds of your other favorite tools in one easy to use desktop app.

Follow your favourite podcasts and control how you listen to them with playback speed, skip and more.

  • Follow podcasts on iPhone or iPad
  • Unfollow podcasts on iPhone or iPad
  • Choose the order that episodes play in
  • Filter seasons and episodes
  • Speed up or slow down a podcast episode
  • Set a sleep timer for a podcast episode

How to follow podcasts on iPhone or iPad

When you follow a podcast, new episodes will be downloaded to your device automatically. You can also receive a notification when new episodes are released.

  1. Open the Podcasts app.
  2. Browse or search for a show. Need help finding the shows that you like?
  3. Tap the show to see its information page.
  4. Tap the Follow button .

To find the podcasts that you follow or the ones that you’ve manually added through a URL, go to the Library tab. Then tap Shows and tap Followed.

Want to listen to premium podcast content? Find out how to purchase Apple Podcasts Subscriptions.

How to unfollow podcasts on iPhone or iPad

  1. Open the Podcasts app.
  2. Go to the Library tab and tap Shows. Then tap Followed.
  3. Tap a show to see its information page.
  4. Tap the More button .
  5. Tap Unfollow Show.
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New episodes won’t be downloaded, but episodes that are already in your Library won’t be deleted. If you unfollow a show with premium content, your subscription will remain active. Find out how to cancel a subscription.

How to choose the order that episodes play in

When you follow a podcast, you can play episodes in order, starting with the most recent or oldest episode.

  1. Open the Podcasts app.
  2. Go to the Library tab, then tap Shows.
  3. Tap the show to see its information page.
  4. Tap the More button in the top right-hand corner, then tap Settings.
  5. Tap Oldest To Newest or Newest To Oldest.
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How to filter seasons and episodes

For podcasts that have seasons, you can filter them by season. If you follow a podcast, or have saved or downloaded episodes, you can also filter it so that you only see your unplayed episodes, downloads and more.

  1. Open the Podcasts app.
  2. Go to the Library tab, then tap Shows.
  3. Tap the show to see its information page.
  4. Tap Seasons or Episodes, then choose a filter.
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How to speed up or slow down a podcast episode

  1. Open the Podcasts app and start listening to an episode.
  2. Tap the mini player at the bottom of the screen to expand the audio controls.
  3. Tap the Playback Speed button to choose a speed.
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How to set a sleep timer for a podcast episode

  1. Open the Podcasts app and start listening to an episode.
  2. Tap the mini player at the bottom of the screen to expand the audio controls.
  3. Swipe up and tap the Sleep Timer button to choose the amount of time that you want the episode to play for.

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

If you still need help

Update your device to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS. Then open the Podcasts app and try these steps again.

Follow your favorite podcasts and control how you listen with playback speed, skip, and more.

  • Follow podcasts on iPhone or iPad
  • Unfollow podcasts on iPhone or iPad
  • Choose the order that episodes play
  • Filter seasons and episodes
  • Speed up or slow down a podcast episode
  • Set a sleep timer for a podcast episode

How to follow podcasts on iPhone or iPad

When you follow a podcast, new episodes automatically download to your device. You can also get notified when new episodes are released.

  1. Open the Podcasts app.
  2. Browse or search for a show. Need help finding the shows that you like?
  3. Tap the show to see its information page.
  4. Tap the Follow button .

To find the podcasts that you follow or the ones that you’ve manually added through a URL, go to the Library tab. Then tap Shows and tap Followed.

Want to listen to premium podcast content? Learn how to purchase Apple Podcasts Subscriptions.

How to unfollow podcasts on iPhone or iPad

  1. Open the Podcasts app.
  2. Go to the Library tab and tap Shows. Then tap Followed.
  3. Tap a show to see its information page.
  4. Tap the More button .
  5. Tap Unfollow Show.
    How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

New episodes won’t download, but episodes that are already in your Library won’t delete. If you unfollow a show with premium content, your subscription is still active. Learn how to cancel a subscription.

How to choose the order that episodes play

When you follow a podcast, you can play episodes in order, beginning with the newest or oldest episode.

  1. Open the Podcasts app.
  2. Go to the Library tab, then tap Shows.
  3. Tap the show to see its information page.
  4. Tap the More button in the top-right corner, then tap Settings.
  5. Tap Oldest To Newest or Newest To Oldest.
    How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

How to filter seasons and episodes

For podcasts that have seasons, you can filter by season. If you follow a podcast, or have saved or downloaded episodes, you can also filter to see only your unplayed episodes, downloads, and more.

  1. Open the Podcasts app.
  2. Go to the Library tab, then tap Shows.
  3. Tap the show to see its information page.
  4. Tap Seasons or Episodes, then choose a filter.
    How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

How to speed up or slow down a podcast episode

  1. Open the Podcasts app and start listening to an episode.
  2. Tap the mini player at the bottom of the screen to expand the audio controls.
  3. Tap the Playback Speed button to choose a speed.
    How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

How to set a sleep timer for a podcast episode

  1. Open the Podcasts app and start listening to an episode.
  2. Tap the mini player at the bottom of the screen to expand the audio controls.
  3. Swipe up and tap the Sleep Timer button to choose the amount of time that you want the episode to play.

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

If you still need help

Update your device to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS. Then open the Podcasts app and try these steps again.

How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

A question I have often been asked recently:

“Can you convert a Microsoftteams channel to a private channel?”

Unfortunately, the answer is no. For the time being, it does not look as if things will be changing any time soon.

There are only 2,000 votes on uservoice to develop this feature.

What you can do is re-create the channel with the same name as described in this blog post by Paul Keijzers.

My message is -> vote to make this feature more important. https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/38974249-make-public-channel-private How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

What is next on the roadmap?

New features are added weekly to the Microsoft 365 Roadmap via UserVoice. Evolutions and new announcements can always be consulted at: microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365.

In this Microsoft 365 roadmap you can find information about Microsoft Teams but also about: Excel, Microsoft Edge, Forms, OneDrive, Stream, Visio, Whiteboard, etc. Be sure to check out this page: Microsoft 365 Roadmap | Microsoft 365. How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

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Saving items like notes, documents, and photos to the Files app on your iPhone can help you view and manage several things from one app. Here’s how to save items to the Files app, which will help you stay organized. If you use Finder on your Mac, you’ll notice that the Files app works in a similar way for your iPhone. By saving items to the Files app, you can use Files as a hub to view or share multiple things from this single app. With the Files app, you’ll be able to save items to your iCloud Drive (after you’ve set up iCloud Drive) or a folder under On This iPhone. You may also want to use a USB drive to save your files from your Mac. If so, check out our article on how to safely eject a USB without corrupting your data.

I’ll be using a note from the Notes app for this example. To save an item to the Files app:

  1. When you want to save an item to Files, tap the Share icon (which looks like a box with an arrow on top).
  2. This opens the Share tab, next select Save to Files. You may have to tap the More icon (which has three dots on it) to select Save to Files.

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How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

  • A screen will pop up and you can choose to store the item to iCloud Drive. If you previously created folders in iCloud Drive, they will appear after tapping iCloud Drive and you can then select the folder. Then tap Add.
  • If you tap On This iPhone, you’ll only be able to save the item to any folders already available (new folders can’t be created under On This iPhone), then tap Add.

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    How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

    Now when you go to the folder in the Files app, you’ll see your item has been stored.

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    How to archive a slack channel on iphone or ipad

    Now you can save notes, documents, and photos to folders or the iCloud Drive in the Files app!

    Archiving Telegram chats is an easy process. You just need to find a chat, place your finger on it, and swipe left.

    Archiving Telegram chats is an easy process. You just need to find a chat, place your finger on it, and swipe left. It is as simple as that.

    The chat will be in the archive section on your Telegram profile, and it will be unarchived as soon as you get a new message from that person.

    But, if you want to archive chats until you decide that you want to unarchive them, follow the steps below.

    Archiving telegram chats for good :

    • First, find and open the chat that you want to archive.
    • You will now have to mute the chat. You have to do this before archiving it because if you do not, you will get messages from that user, and the chat will be unarchived as soon as the message arrives.
    • Now, return to your chat list.
    • Find that chat again, put your finger on it, and swipe left.

    The chat will be archived, and it will stay that way until you decide that you want to unarchive it.

    Steps to unarchiving chats on Telegram

    The steps to unarchiving chats on Telegram are also super easy! It is just a reverse process from the one that we have just explained in the first paragraph of this article.

    • To unarchive a telegram chat, open up the Telegram Archive in the app.
    • Find the chat you no longer want to be archived and swipe left.

    The chat is going to be back on your chat list.

    A group conversation can be a chaotic place. Even with a small number of people, you still may get more messages than you can keep track of on your iPhone. What makes it even worse is trying to sort through all of the conversations within conversations. Apple, however, wants to make things easier on all of us, which is why iOS 14 allows you to respond to specific iMessages using inline replies.

    In tandem with the new mentions feature in Messages, inline replies allow you to create a separate mini-conversation within a larger group chat, making it easier to keep track of essential texts in the proper context. Best of all, it’s not just useful in group threads — it’s good in one-on-one chats too for when you want to talk about something specific without jumping around as you usually would.

    If you’ve ever used inline replies within WhatsApp, Slack, or another third-party messaging app, you should feel right at home with this feature.

    Replying Directly to a Specific Message

    Inside of a one-on-one or group chat, simply tap-and-hold any message you want to be the start of the inline thread. Anything is fair game, including text, emojis, photos, videos, links, and other types of media.

    A preview of the text will appear where you can add a Tapback, copy it, and choose from “More” options. The quick action we want here is “Reply,” so tap that.

    To be super clear, this only works in iMessage conversations. So if you see blue, you’re good. If you see green, it’s a text chat (SMS/MMS), so you can’t use inline threads even if it’s replying to a person in a group conversation that uses an iPhone.

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    After you tap “Reply,” the rest of the conversation will blur, except for the message you’re directly replying to. Enter the message (or messages) you want, and hit the send button to start the new thread within the group chat.

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    Viewing & Responding to Inline Replies

    In light mode, a white bubble with a gray outline will appear with the original text message inside of it, so you know what the inline thread is referring to. When using dark mode, it’s a black bubble with a gray outline. In group chats, a small contact image will appear next to the bubble, while in one-on-one conversations, there won’t be any since it’s obvious who it is.

    If you reply to an audio message, the bubble will be empty, which is a little confusing. But links, images, videos, and other files will have mini-previews.

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    All of the other messages in the thread will be contained within a loop in the full conversation. If you want only to view the thread without the rest of the chat, tap on the thread bubble, on “[#] Replies,” or on the original message that was used to start the thread.

    In the more focused view, you can long-press any message to leave a reaction, copy the text to your clipboard, and save media, as well as swipe inward to view timestamps.

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    Any messages sent that are not part of the thread will appear solo in the full conversation, with no loop connected to them. If the thread continues, a new thread bubble with the original message will appear after the regular messages. It will not make the previous white inline bubbles disappear.

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    The threaded replies feature is an excellent start to making conversations more focused, but it could still use some polishing. Hopefully, Apple fine-tunes things in subsequent updates.

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    What do you do when you have a spark of creativity or an idea you can’t afford to forget? Most of us reach for the nearest device—often the smartphone in our pocket or the tablet on our coffee table. But there’s a lot more to a note taking app than simply tapping out a quick note.

    Both the iPhone and iPad offer excellent note taking apps that will change the way you record your thoughts, plan your days, and organize your life. Many of these apps are aimed exclusively at Apple users, while others offer an iOS-friendly window into a broader ecosystem.

    We’ve put over 30 of the best note taking apps for iPad and iPhone under the microscope in a bid to find the absolute best of the bunch. Here they are.

    What Makes a Great Note Taking App for iPad and iPhone?

    How we evaluate and test apps

    All of our best apps roundups are written by humans who’ve spent much of their careers using, testing, and writing about software. We spend dozens of hours researching and testing apps, using each app as it’s intended to be used and evaluating it against the criteria we set for the category. We’re never paid for placement in our articles from any app or for links to any site—we value the trust readers put in us to offer authentic evaluations of the categories and apps we review. For more details on our process, read the full rundown of how we select apps to feature on the Zapier blog.

    Typing a note on your iPhone or iPad might not be the fastest method of entering text, but it’s the best option you have when you’re away from a keyboard. Snapping images or scanning documents with your phone or tablet and storing them in an easily searchable digital archive is a good habit to form. And that microphone allows your device to double as a dictaphone, with many note taking apps supporting audio.

    For a more tactile experience, why not try hand-writing your notes? Most note taking systems support touch-based scrawl of some type, and others rely on it. The strides Apple has made with its Pencil stylus on the iPad Pro has not gone unnoticed by app developers. If you’ve previously written off the iPad as an effective drawing or handwriting tool, it might be time to try again.

    In any case, no single app is perfect for every use case. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to compare a free app that’s light on features by design with a pricey heavyweight, particularly when both approaches have their merits. We’ve tried to find the best note taking apps to satisfy our main criteria, regardless of the approach taken by that app. We favor apps with unique features or those that are the best examples of their kind.

    In order to be inclusive of all needs, we haven’t limited our selection to plain or rich text apps. Notes may be web clippings, photos, typed markdown, scanned documents, audio logs, sketches, handwritten notes, or diagrams. In some instances, notes can be a mixture of all of these things.

    All of the selected apps satisfy our requirements for a common-sense system of organization. This is usually achieved with some form of notebooks, folders, or tags. Access to a reliable search function is another important criterion for selection, and options like the ability to filter, sort, and save search results have also been considered. When it comes down to it, finding your notes is just as important as recording them in the first place.

    You also need to be able to access your notes when you need them. All of our selected apps include the ability to sync over the cloud with other instances, either using the developer’s servers or iCloud. Some include robust sharing options for providing copies of your notes to friends or colleagues, though this isn’t a strict requirement for inclusion.

    A sense of value is another important consideration. Some apps are free, others paid for outright, while some make use of an ongoing subscription model. Most of our paid-for recommendations come with a decent free tier or trial period. Not everyone can justify the expense of a pricey note taking app, but at the same time, some of the best apps aren’t free.

    While many apps can double as note taking apps, we avoided including apps for which recording notes is not the primary purpose. That means we excluded word processors, journaling apps, and sketchbooks, among others.

    The 8 Best Note Taking Apps for iPad and iPhone

    Apple Notes for a ready-to-go note taking app for Apple enthusiasts

    Simplenote for a lightweight, plain text note taking app

    Google Keep for a scrapbook-like approach to note taking

    Drafts 5 for creating actionable notes

    Zoho Notebook for a cross-platform alternative to Apple Notes

    Notability for handwriting and sketching, especially on an iPad