Shared channel owner and member roles in Teams

In shared channels, there are three roles: team owners, channel owners, and channel members. Each role determines if you can create a shared channel, add people to a shared channel, and more.

Note: Shared channels will be available as part of the public preview program and might undergo further changes before being released publicly. To get access to this and other upcoming features, switch to Teams public preview.

Team owners 

Team owners can: 

  • Create shared channels

  • Accept channel invites sent to their team

  • See the name and description of all shared channels in a team

  • Manage shared channels created in their team

  • View channel owners

  • Delete shared channels

  • Restore deleted shared channels

  • Manage shared channels

  • View all channels in their team

  • Remove a team from a shared channel

Note: If you're a team owner and don't see the files, conversations, or member list in a shared channel, ask the channel owner to add you.

Note: If you're a team owner and don't see an option to create a shared channel, check with your admin. 

Channel owners 

The team owner who creates a shared channel is the channel owner. 

Shared channel owners can: 

  • Add or remove other shared channel owners and members

  • Manage, edit, and delete a shared channel

  • Restore deleted shared channels

  • Override default channel settings inherited from the team

Things to know:

  • Removing a member from a team won’t remove them from a shared channel if the channel was shared with them directly

  • If a shared channel becomes ownerless (if the channel owner leaves the company for example), the host organization will automatically convert an existing shared channel member to owner

Note: If you're a channel owner and don’t see an option to share a channel with someone outside your org, check with your admin.

Channel members

Shared channel members can collaborate with people outside their team or org without switching orgs.

Note: You can’t add guests to a shared channel, but you can share a channel with them using B2B direct connect. For more details, see Guests and shared channels.

Want to learn more? See First things to know about channels and First things to know about teams and channels.

Related topics

Manage shared channels

Share a channel with people

Share a channel with a team

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