Slack gets a major iOS redesign with new and more streamlined user navigation

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After being teased earlier last year, and following a redesign for the desktop app, Slack has officially released its redesign on iOS. The new design streamlines user navigation, putting commonly used tabs and pages right at the bottom navigation bar.

The biggest change is the adoption of a bottom navigation bar. The older Slack experience had menus tucked away behind a 3 button tab, now its all at the bottom. The bottom bar includes Home, DMs, Mentions, and You.

The update is live now on the App Store, and here is the release notes:

L;DR: We’ve redesigned the layout of the app. Read more about the improvements on our blog at or in our help center. Here though, we’ll stick to what’s new, and what has been fixed.

What’s New

  • What’s new? Most things. We changed almost all of the things. So many things! Much change.

Bug Fixes

  • Previously, it was complicated to get to the four main things people do on mobile. We’ve fixed this with a new nifty navigation bar at the bottom of the app containing: a Home view for your sidebar, DMs, (still listed most recent first), Mentions (for quickly catching up), and You (because you’re great) (and also because setting your status/preferences on mobile needed to be easier).
  • The quick switcher on the desktop app is wonderful, but we discovered an issue where people weren’t using it as much on mobile. So we made the Jump To box more prominent (and smarter) to fix this. Fingers crossed!
  • It seemed bizarrely hard to create a new message in a channel or DM without finding that precise location first. With an application of logic, software engineering, and a new “Compose” button in the bottom right corner, this has been rectified.
  • Our apologies to people who have been wanting to easily set reminders, start workflows or access favourite apps in channels and conversations — it was hard to work out how to do that on the move. A new lightning bolt under the message box now gives quick access to shortcuts, and thereby solves this age-old problem.
  • And finally, it came to pass, as time went by, that in the old version of the app, there was a lot of swiping back and forth to get places. We’ve simplified that: Now, swiping right will reveal your workspace and preferences, and swiping left will get you back to the last conversation you were in. With this change in behavior, we hope to give you the powers of both omniscience and time travel. nbd.
  • And yes. We know. Change is hard! All our fingers have all built up muscle memory, but after continually adding features and functionality over the years, we needed to step back and make sure things made sense. You can find more about these improvements in our blog post, and as always, we welcome your feedback. Thank you for reading all the way to the bottom. We appreciate it, and you.
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Sami started falling in love with Apple in 2010 with the iPhone 4S. As a registered developer, he deeply admires the world of Apple. Sami is an aspiring journalist, writer, and actor. He also has devoted his life to sharing his passion and knowledge with others around the world.