How to set your Slack status and let coworkers know you’re away or busy

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It’s easy to update your Slack status on desktop or mobile.

  • You can set your status on Slack to show that you’re out of the office, away at lunch, in a meeting, and more.
  • Your Slack status can be anything you choose, and you can even pick an emoji to go with it.
  • To set your Slack status in the desktop app, click your avatar; in the mobile app, tap the “You” icon.
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Social media is built on status updates, short messages that let you quickly tell everyone around how you’re doing and what you’re up to. And although it isn’t a traditional social media app, Slack uses status updates too.

Your Slack status can be up to 100 characters long, and include anything you like. It’s great for signaling when you’re away from your desk, if you’re in a meeting, sharing a pithy joke – anything you want others to know. It’ll be accompanied by an emoji of your choice, which will show up next to your name on every message.

Here’s how to set your Slack status using the desktop app or mobile app. No matter which way you set it, it’ll appear to every user in your workspace.

How to set your Slack status on desktop

This works in both the Slack website client and downloadable desktop app.

1. Open Slack and log into your account. If you’re a member of multiple workspaces, open up the workspace that you want to set your status in.

2. Click your avatar in the top-right corner of the window and then click Update your status.

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Your avatar will be tiny, stuffed up in the top-right corner.

3. A pop-up will appear with some options. Use the text field at the top to type in your status – it can be up to 100 characters long – and then click the emoji on its left side to pick an icon that’ll appear next to your name.

4. Once you’ve typed your status, use the Clear after option to choose how long you’d like the status to last. You can pick one of several preset dates, or Choose date and time to set a custom length. If you’re going on vacation, for instance, you might set it to clear on the day you come back to work.

A Slack status update window.
Type your status and choose how long it should last.

5. When you’re done, click Save.

An emoji will now appear next to your name on every message you send and on your profile. When other desktop users hover over the emoji or open your profile, they’ll see your status.

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Your new status will appear on your Slack profile page.

How to set your Slack status in the mobile app

1. Open the Slack app and log into your account. If you’re a member of multiple workspaces, open up the workspace that you want to set your status in.

2. Tap the You icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen, and then What’s your status? or Update your status at the top.

A Slack mobile app's "You" menu, with the You icon and the status update option highlighted.
You can update your status from the “You” page.

3. A new page will open. Tap What’s your status? again to start typing in a status – it can be up to 100 characters long – and tap the emoji next to it to set what icon you want to appear with it.

4. Use the Clear after… tab to set how long you want to keep the status update. You can pick one of several preset dates, or Custom to set your own length. If you’re commuting, for instance, you might set your status to last an hour.

The Slack mobile app's "Set a status" menu.
Create a new status, or pick from one of the presets (if available).

5. When you’re ready, tap Done or Save in the top-left corner.

Mobile users can see your status by tapping your name or avatar on any message.

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How to turn on dark mode in Discord and give the app a sleek new look

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Discord’s dark mode is easy to activate.

  • You can turn on dark mode on Discord by going to the app’s “Appearance” menu.
  • Discord’s dark mode gives the app a completely new aesthetic, and can save battery life.
  • The Discord Android app also offers an experimental AMOLED mode, which makes dark mode even darker.
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If you’re a Discord user, you’re probably spending a decent amount of time looking at screens. And if that’s the case, the constant bright light of your computer or phone screen might start bothering you.

Luckily, Discord is one of many apps that offer a dark mode option. When you turn it on, instead of seeing dark text on a white background, you’ll see white text on a dark background.

While there isn’t any evidence that dark mode can relieve eye strain, running dark mode can look cooler aesthetically, and it can also help your device save battery, depending on what type of screen you have.

Switching to dark mode on Discord is easy, and so is switching back. You can activate dark mode in both the desktop and mobile versions of Discord.

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How to directly reply to messages on Discord using a computer or mobile device

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Discord makes it easy to reply to others.

  • You can reply to messages on Discord directly by hovering your mouse over the message, or by holding your finger on it.
  • When you reply to a comment on Discord, you’ll have the option to tag and notify the person you’re replying to.
  • The Reply feature is available in both the desktop and mobile versions of Discord.
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Discord messaging has improved with the addition of a Reply function. 

The feature lets you reply to other Discord users’ comments directly, instead of having to send your reply like any other message. Your reply will even include a link back to the comment you’re responding to, making it easy for anyone to follow the conversation.

You’ll also have the option to tag and notify the person you’re replying to, which is great if you’re responding to a message sent some time ago.

Here’s how to reply to messages on Discord, using the desktop or mobile versions of the app.

How to reply on Discord for desktop

This method works for both the internet browser version of Discord and the desktop app version.

1. With Discord open, locate the comment you want to reply to.

2. Hover your cursor over the comment so a bar of icons appears to the right of the message. In this bar, click the arrow icon – or if the arrow isn’t there, like if you’re replying to your own comment, click the ellipsis icon, and then the “Reply” option.

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You can reply to anyone, including yourself.

3. Type your reply. By default, if you’re replying to another user, there will be a blue @ sign labeled “On” above the text box – if you keep this set to “On,” the person you’re responding to will be tagged and notified. Click it to turn this off.

4. When you’ve finished, press the Enter or Return key to send your message. You can also click the “X” icon above the text box to cancel the reply.

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Your reply will have a banner above it indicating the user you are replying to.

If done successfully, your reply will appear in the channel, with the message you’re replying to above it. 

How to reply on Discord for mobile

The mobile version of Discord lets you reply to other users in a similar fashion to the desktop version; you’ll just be tapping instead of clicking.

1. With the Discord app open, locate the comment you want to reply to.

2. Tap and hold on the comment. A menu will appear with more options available.

3. In the menu that appears, tap “Reply.”

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“Reply” will be one of several options offered in this menu.

4. Type your reply. If there’s a blue @ sign that says “On” above your message, the person you’re responding to will be notified. If you tap this @ sign, this will be turned off, and the user won’t be notified.

5. When you’re ready, send the message, or tap the “X” icon above your message to discard the reply.

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You can add text, images, emotes, links, and more to your reply.

If done successfully, your reply will appear in the server.

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