Teams are made up of channels, which are the conversations you have with your teammates. Each channel is dedicated to a specific topic, department, or project.

By default, all members of a team can create channels. A standard channel is open for all members and anything posted is searchable by others. If you need a smaller audience for a specific project, you can create a private channel for your team. For more info, see Teams can have standard or private channels.

Notes: 

  • When you create a new team or private channel in Microsoft Teams, a team site in SharePoint gets automatically created. To edit the site description or classification for this team site, go to the corresponding channel’s settings in Microsoft Teams.

  • Learn more about managing Microsoft Teams connected teams sites.

Create a standard channel

To create a standard channel, start in the team list. Find the team name and select More options More options button > Add channel iconAdd channel. You can also choose Manage team and then add a channel in the Channels tab. 

Create Standard channel

You can create up to 200 channels over the life of a team. That number includes channels you create and later delete. 

Create a private channel

If you want a focused place to discuss sensitive information such as budgets, resourcing, strategic positioning, and so on, create a private channel for your team.

Only owners or members of the private channel can access it. To understand who can view what in a private channel, see Private channels in Teams

You can create up to 30 private channels over the life of a team.

Note: Your admin can change this permission and limit private channel creation to certain roles.

To create a private channel for a team:

  1. Go to the team you want to create the private channel for and select More options  More options button >Add channel icon Add channel.

  2. Enter a name and description for your channel.

  3. Under Privacy, select the down arrow on the right, and then choose Private – Specific teammates have access.

  4. Select Create to add the private channel to the team.

    Create private channel

Add members to a private channel

As a private channel owner, you can add or remove members, and edit private channel settings. Each person that you add must first be a member of the team. 

To add members of your team to a private channel:

  1. Next to the private channel name, select More options More options button > Add Members icon Add members.

    Add members to private channel

  2. Use the Members and Settings tabs to add or remove members and assign roles. Your private channel can have multiple owners and up to 250 members.

  3. When you’re ready, select Done. Members may now post messages in the private channel.

Manage private channel creation

As a team owner, you can turn on or turn off the ability for members to create channels. To see and change this option, go to the Settings tab for the team.

Edit, delete, hide, or leave a channel

Select More options More options button next to the channel name. Then, use the menu to edit, delete, hide, or leave the channel.

Note: Team owners decide which team members can delete channels.

Keep in mind that once you delete a channel, you also lose its entire conversation history. However, the OneNote sections associated with that channel will still show up on your team's SharePoint site.

Teams are made up of channels, which are the conversations you have with your teammates. Each channel is dedicated to a specific topic, department, or project.

Teams can have standard or private channels. When you need to create one, use the steps below.

Create a standard channel

A standard channel is open for all members and anything posted is searchable by others. You don't add members to a standard channel because the team has access.

Tap Teams Teams button, go to the team name, and tap More options More options button> Manage channels.

Tap Add Add button and enter a name and description (optional). This adds a standard channel to the team.

You can create up to 200 channels over the life of a team. That number includes channels you create and later delete.

Create a private channel and add members

Only those users who are owners or members of the private channel can access the channel. To understand who can view what in a private channel, see Private channels in Teams

You can create up to 30 private channels over the life of a team.

To create a private channel and add members in Teams:

  1. Tap Teams Teams button , go to the team name and tap More options  More options button> Manage channels.

  2. Tap Add   Add button   in the header and enter a name and description (optional).

  3. Tap Privacy and then Private as shown.

    Private channel settings.

  4. Tap the back button < and then Done.

    This adds a private channel to the team and opens the Add members screen.
    FYI, you can skip step 5 and add members later.

  5. Under Add members, type a name in the Add field, and then tap Done.

Your private channel can have multiple owners and up to 250 members.

Edit, delete, hide, or leave a channel

Select More options More options button next to the channel name. Then, use the menu to edit, delete, hide, or leave the channel as desired.

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