To maximize your privacy, Unthread can only track conversations in channels that you’ve added us to. This gives you more privacy control, and it requires an additional step of adding us to the channels you’d like to track. Let’s learn how!

Add Channels from Your Dashboard

Navigate to the “Customers” tab from the left menu, and click the “+ Connect Channels” button in the upper right corner.

If you’ve connected to Slack, you can search through channels or filter for shared channels (aka Slack Connect channels). Check the box on the left next to the channel you’d like to add, and click the “Connect selected channels” button at the bottom.

The list of channels is pulled directly from Slack, so you should see channels here as soon as they are created.

Shared vs. Internal Channels

Shared channels are channels shared with non-members of your Slack workspace like customers and external partners.

Internal channels are channels within your company (e.g. IT Support Channel). To track internal channel tickets, click “Internal” tab and click the checkboxes to select.

Customers Without Channels

Have a customer without a Slack channel? Not to worry! Click the ”+ Add Individually” button to add a customer without a Slack channel. This is most helpful for tracking support tickets that come through email or in-app chat.

Manage Customer Settings

Once you’ve connected a customer channel, you can manage the settings. Some settings will be automatically filled out, but you can adjust these on a per-customer basis.

For each individual customer, you can see a history of their conversations as well as override these settings:

  • Primary account rep
  • Secondary account rep
  • SLAs
  • Auto-responder
  • Triage channel
  • Conversation tracking settings

💡 Learn more about SLAs and triaging in customer channels

Connect New Channels Automatically

After connecting your first channels, we’ll automatically start to notify you via a Slack DM to create customers for new shared channels. Once connected, they will appear in your Unthread dashboard in the Customers list.

You can also choose to enable an automation to connect channels as soon as they’re created.

From your Profile page in the Unthread dashboard, you’ll see the following settings:

There are three options for automatic channel connection:

  • Automatically connect all Slack Connect channels (channels shared with external customers)
  • Ask before connecting, and the app will DM you when new channels are connected (as seen in screenshot above)
  • Off, meaning we will not automatically connect channels, and you’ll need to go to the Customers page to connect new channels manually

To edit these settings, head over to your Profile in the Unthread web app.

Automatic channel tracking will only add a channel when it’s been shared outside of the organization, so no internal channels will be tracked 👌

Removing Channels

If you want to stop tracking conversations for a customer channel, head over to their “Settings” page from the dashboard. On the bottom left, you’ll see a “Delete customer” button.


Let us try to diagnose the problem if you’re seeing something strange.

I created a channel but don’t see it in the “connect channels” screen

  • The customer profile may already exist! We only show channels that aren’t yet connected to a customer profile. Someone on your team may have already connected this channel, or they may have automatic channel creation which would instantly connect the channel.
  • When connecting channels, you’ll see a toggle between “Shared” and “Internal” channels. Be sure you’ve searched both options. A channel will be considered “Internal” if there are no members from outside of your organization in the channel yet.

You do not have permission to connect this channel

If you see this error, it means that the Slack Connect channel you’re trying to connect to was created by another workspace, and they’ve disabled your ability to invite people to the channel. More on that in the Slack documentation.

Solution: Ask the creator of the channel to enable the “Post and Invite” permisions