Manage inactive channels

In normal Zulip usage, channels fall in and out of use. By default, Zulip automatically moves channels that haven't been used in a while to the Inactive section at the bottom of your channels list in the left sidebar. This helps prevent low-traffic channels from cluttering the left sidebar.

You can configure Zulip to move (demote) inactive channels more or less aggressively. This is an advanced setting; you can safely ignore it if this is your first time using Zulip.

Manage inactive channels

  1. Click on the gear () icon in the upper right corner of the web or desktop app.

  2. Select Personal settings.

  3. On the left, click Preferences.

  4. Under Advanced, configure Demote inactive channels.

The default is Automatic, which demotes inactive channels once you're subscribed to a minimum total number of channels. Always and Never either demote or don't demote inactive channels regardless of how many channels you have.