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You can archive a created channel within a team when it’s no longer active, but you want to keep it around for reference or to reactivate in the future. The conversations and files in the channel become read-only once archived. You’ll still be able to search for and within the archived channel. Any retention or deletion policies applied to the channel will still apply, and the channel can be renewed once it's archived.

Archive or restore a channel on the Teams desktop app or Teams on the web. To view an archived channel on your mobile device, go to Hidden channels in your teams list.

Note: Only team owners for standard, private, and shared channels, and channel owners for private and shared channels can archive and restore channels.

Archive a channel

  1. Select Teams Teams button on the left to see the list of your teams.

  2. Find the channel you want to archive in the teams and channels list.

  3. Select the channel, then choose More options Microsoft Teams more options icon> Archive channel Archive Team button.                                  

You can also archive multiple channels from a team. 

  1. After selecting your team, click More options Microsoft Teams more options icon> Manage team.

  2. Select Channels, then choose the channels you'd like to archive.

  3. For each channel, select More options  Microsoft Teams more options icon> Archive channel Archive Team button.

Tip: To prevent people from editing the content in the SharePoint site and Wiki tab associated with the team, select Make the SharePoint site read-only for team members (team owners will still be able to edit this content).

After it's archived, the channel will be in the teams and channels list under Hidden channels with an archived icon.

You can also find a list of archived channels by going to Manage team > Channels. Expand the arrow next to Archived to see the list of channels. 

Tip: Easily view and search through the content of an archived channel by pinning it to your channel list. To do this, select the channel, then click More options  Microsoft Teams more options iconPin  Teams Pin Chat icon

All channel activity is frozen once the channel is archived. No one will be able to start new conversations or reply to posts in a channel, edit team settings, or add apps. As a team/channel owner, you’ll still be able to add or remove members, update roles, and delete, renew, or restore an archived channel.

Restore a channel

To restore an archived channel, navigate to the channel you want to restore from the teams and channels list under Hidden channels section of the team. Select More options Microsoft Teams more options icon>Restore channel.

Note: A team can still be archived if the channels within the team are archived. If you restore an archived team, there'll be no impact on archived channels, and they'll remain archived.

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