Club house splashed onto the stage with only ‘entry’ vocal group chats. Several services have introduced their own versions, including Slack. Here’s how you can use Slack for quick “huddles” with your team when you need more than text.
What is a Huddle in Slack?
A Slack Huddle is a similar concept to Clubhouse and Twitter spaces in that there is really no formal meeting or invitation time. The idea is that people can just “go” to a Huddle at any time.
And what is a Huddle when you join one? It’s pretty much just an audio-only chat room. There is no option to show yourself with a webcam, but on the desktop, you can share your screen. Caucuses are meant for quick, informal discussions.
A Huddle can be started in any Slack channel, including direct messaging if you want to Huddle with someone else. Caucuses can have up to 50 participants. You can use Huddles on Slack for desktop, iPhone, iPad, and Android.
How to use Slack Huddles
You can use Huddles in Slack on the desktop or in the mobile version of Slack. On the desktop, you can also share your screen.
Slack Huddles on the desktop
First, open Soft on your Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. Go to the channel or person you want to reunite with.
If you can group together in the channel, you’ll see an icon at the bottom of the sidebar. Click on the headset icon to start the Huddle. This is also how you can join an ongoing Huddle.
You are now in a Huddle. When other people join in, you’ll see how many people are in the Huddle and who’s talking. You are automatically muted when no one else is in the Huddle.
There are several things you can do with the desktop Huddle experience. First of all, the live captions show what people are saying in the text. Click on the Huddle area, then click on the three-dot menu icon.
Then click on “Activate subtitles”.
A small window will open and display the conversation as text. The voice-to-text is not very precise, but it is neat nonetheless.
The other thing you can do with Huddles on the desktop is share your screen. Click on the three-dot menu icon below the Huddle area and select “Share Screen.” You can choose your entire screen or specific windows.
To exit the Huddle, simply click on the headset icon again.
Slack Huddles on mobile
To use Huddles on mobile, first open Soft on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Go to the channel or person you want to reunite with and tap the antenna icon at the top right. If a Huddle is in progress, the icon will be highlighted in blue.
The Huddle window will open and you will be muted by default when no one else has joined. You will see a button to “Mute / Unmute” your microphone and “Invite” people.
There’s not much else you can do with Mobile Huddles. There are no live captions or screen sharing features. To exit the Huddle, simply press the “Exit” button.
Switch between computer and phone
What if you are in a huddle on your computer and want to switch to your phone? Tap the antenna icon, which will be blue to indicate that a Huddle is in progress, in the mobile app.
You will see a small computer icon on your profile picture that shows you are in the Huddle on your computer. Tap “Join here” to switch to your phone.
Slack will take care of everything and switch you to the Huddle on your phone. The same works backwards, just join the Huddle as you normally would from your computer and your phone will be deleted.
Caucuses are a great feature for impromptu meetings that don’t need formal planning and invitations. Think of it like opening your office door for anyone to come in and say “hello.”