This hidden Slack trick is our new favorite feature

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This hidden Slack trick is our new favorite feature

We’ll show you how to spare your teammates late-night notifications.

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Millions of people use Slack every day to communicate with co-workers and friends, whether it’s back-and-forth GIF threads or quick one-off messages. And the app is filled with extra features to make messaging easier and more fun. But sometimes those features go overlooked.

Scheduling your slack messages to deliver at later time is one of those features that’s easy to miss. Fortunately, the process is easy to set up. If you work different hours than your teammates, or if your team is spread across different time zones, you can spare your teammate an unwanted late-night ping. 

Scheduling Slack messages works slightly differently on the desktop app and the mobile app, but the process is nearly identical. Here’s how to schedule a Slack message on either platform.

How to schedule a Slack message

1. Start by typing out the message you want to send until it has the right number of exclamation points and emoji. 

2. On the mobile app, look for the green paper airplane button in the bottom right corner. Press and hold it. On the desktop app, there’s a dropdown on the right side of the button that will say “schedule for later” when you hover over it. 

3. Slack will suggest a scheduled time — usually 9 a.m. the next weekday. If the recipient is in a different time zone, it will display the delivery time in their time zone as well as yours. If that isn’t the time you want, click “Custom time.”

4. The custom time menu will let you specify whatever date and time you want, up to four months in advance. When you’ve found the time you want, hit “Schedule Message.” You’re done!

Best reasons to schedule Slack messages

There’s more than one reason you might want to schedule a message on Slack. Here are some of the best uses of the feature:

  • Send a message late at night without waking up the Slackee. It’ll be ready for them when they start their day.
  • Remind a person or a channel about a deadline. You can send the message whenever you first set the deadline, and schedule it for crunch time.
  • Remind yourself about tasks you need to finish. Slack also has a reminder tool that you can use, but scheduling a message is a little faster. 

For more Slack hacks, read about how to win over your co-workers with your emoji skills and how to use or turn off Slack Connect

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