What is Slack Presence?
This app allows you to remain logged into slack, even if you log out. It also keeps your presence status set to "active" at all times.
Is Slack Presence free?
Yes! Slack scheduler is free to use - however there are limitations.
With the free version, your status will remain active while you are
logged in, however when you are logged out your status will show as "logged out".
Additionally, you can only create one team, and cannot create a true schedule based on your timezone.
Why was Slack Presence built?
Slack will make you appear offline every 30 minutes, and I was constantly going offline - even though I was at my computer. I wanted a way to appear online without having to use my computer at all. Slack scheduler was built to allow you to remain online all the time.
The app is not working for me... can you help?
Yes. There could be any number of reasons why the app is not working for you. Lets go through them.
1) You are looking at the wrong team... You have to create a new team on my app for each team you have on slack. Each team will require its own api key to stay online
2) You have not subscribed to the paid version of the app. The free version only allows your presence to remain active - see the question below on how to see if the app is working.
3) You have not activated your schedule... Make sure that your team/scheduel you create appears green (and not red) to make sure it is currently active
4) If there is any other kind of problem please contact me via the contact form.
How can I test this app to see if its working?
Login to Slack Presence and visit the teams page:
After you have added your API key and created a schedule,
there will be a note at the bottom of the schedule indicating
the last time that the API key was used by slack presence. For example it may say
"Last Used: 2025-04-06 17:11:13 Timezone: America/New_York". Compare this to todays date/time as well as the schedule you have chosen to make sure the app is working. It should update around every 15 minutes.
After you input your api key and create your team, you can test
if the app is working by logging into your slack team on your slack
app and clicking "Set yourself to away". Watch your your status will
come back online within 10 minutes.
If you want to see if you are still logged in, the easiest way is log out and ask a friend or co-workers if you are appearing online.
Whats the difference between being logged in and having an active presence?
Having an active presence indicates that you have
been at your computer in the last 20 minutes on slack. To demonstrate this,
slack adds a green dot beside your name. However you need to be logged in
in order for the green to show up.
Here are the possible scenarios:
logged in + active = green dot
logged in + inactive = empty circle
logged out + active = empty circle
logged out + inactive = empty circle
If you want to have a green dot beside your name even when you are logged out of slack, you will need to purchase the full version of the app.
Can I install this app without my company (which controls our slack account) knowing about it? Don’t they have to approve add-ons as they are the admins?
There is nothing to install - no add-on or extension.
Instead it uses an api key which allows the presence scheduler to
keep you logged in whenever you want. Your company won’t be able to see if your using this.
Although they won't be able to see you, they may be able to see you have requested an API key.
You will be able to tell if your company can see if you requested your api key since slack will
inform you of this before you create one. In most
If your worried about them seeing that you are online too often,
upgrade to the paid version and you can set a schedule
(for example from 9-5 monday to friday).