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With Communities in Teams, you can create a place to collaborate, share, and come together with others. You'll have a secure space to place to plan activities, have meetings, and manage your community. 

For specific projects or tasks, you can create a channel. Channels are where members can organize discussions based on topics or interests. You can use channels to make it easier for community members to find updates and information. For example, create an Announcement channel to post updates, changes, or other important information for members of your community.

Note: Communities in Teams aren't accessible to minors, including creating and joining communities. However, there are many other engaging features to use and participate in Microsoft Teams (free).

When you create a community, you can choose to add a channel or return later to add it. Create or add a channel will help you make planning and organizing your projects easier.

Create a community 

You can create a community from scratch or use a template.

  1. Tap the Home tab in the Teams app.

  2. Tap Create new community  Teams Plus buttonin the top corner.

  3. Tap Create from scratch or Create my own.

  4. Tap Teams community add picture to select an emoji or a picture for your community.

  5. Tap Name your community to add a community name, which is required to create your community.

  6. If you wish, tap Description to add one and tap Guidelines to update it for your community.

  7. Tap Create to finish creating your community.

After creating a community, you are the owner. You can search for people to invite or share a link or QR code so they can join your community.

Templates use a preset name and picture to help you get your community started quickly. For example, you can create a Neighborhood or Gaming community to share with others.

  1. Tap the Communities tab in the Teams app.

  2. Tap Create new community  Teams new community button.

  3. Tap the template you want to use, for example, Sport or Volunteering.

  4. Tap the existing community name to customize it if you wish.

  5. To customize your community, you can change the community picture, Description, and Guidelines.

  6. Tap Create to finish creating your community.

After creating a community, you are the owner. You can search for people to add, share an invite link, or show a QR code to others so they can join your community.

Create or add a channel

To create a channel in a community, you must be an owner. You can create a channel from scratch or use template. If you already have a channel in your community, you can add up to five channels to keep your community organized. 

  1. Tap the Home tab in the Teams app.

  2. Find the community that you want to create a channel.

  3. Tap Add channel  Add channel button.under the community name.

  4. Tap Add channel  Button for add channel on mobile. on the bottom of the screen.

  5. Give your channel a name in the Channel name field.

    • Tap on the emoji picker to add a reaction or emoji to your title.

    • Enter the name of your channel in the Channel name field.

  6. Tap the checkmark  Teams OK buttonor Done to create the channel for your community. To exit without making any changes, select Cancel.

  1. Tap the Home tab in the Teams app.

  2. Find the community that you want add a channel.

  3. Tap Add channel  Add channel button.under the community name.

  4. You'll see the recommended channels. If you want to edit any of the channels before setting up, tap the three dots  Three vertical dots. on the right side of the channel name. Then tap Edit channel   Teams edit buttonto change the emoji or channel name. Tap the checkmark  Teams OK buttonto submit changes.

    Note: You'll see two channel templates. If you don't want to use both templates, tap the three dots  on the right side of the channel name. Then tap Remove channel  to delete the channel.

  5. Tap Done on the top of your screen to create a channel for your community. 

To update and manage settings in a channel you own, see Update community settings in Microsoft Teams (free).

You can add up to five channels to your community. Here's how:

  1. Tap the Home tab in the Teams app, select Community.

  2. Find the community that you want to create a channel.

  3. Under the community name, go to the last channel in the list, and select Add channel  Add channel button..

  4. Give your channel a name in the Channel name field.

    • Tap an emoji or reaction to add to your title.

    • Enter the name of your channel in the Channel name field.

  5. Tap the checkmark  Teams OK buttonor Done to create the channel for your community. To exit without making any changes, select Cancel.

When you create a community, you can choose to add a channel or return later to add it. Create or add a channel will help you make planning and organizing your projects easier.

Note: Some community options might not be available on Windows 10, Mac, and Web. You can find these community features in Microsoft Teams (free) on mobile. Get Teams mobile app.

Create a community

  1. Select Community from the app bar on the left side of the screen.

  2. Select the Create Community button  Add column icon on the Communities banner.

  3. Select Teams community add picture to choose a picture for your community.

  4. Select Name your community to add a community name, which is required to create your community.

  5. As an option, you can go to Description to add details about the community. You can also update the Community guidelines by selecting the pencil button.

  6. Select Create to finish creating your community.

After creating a community, you are the owner. You can search for people to invite or share a link so they can join your community.

Create or add a channel

To create channels in a community, you must be an owner. If you already have a channel in your community, you can add up to five channels to keep your community organized. 

  1. In Teams, select Community from the app bar on the left side of the screen.

  2. Select the community that you want to create a channel.

  3. Select Add channel  Add channel button.under the community name.

  4. Give your channel a name in the Channel name field.

    • Use the drop-down menu to add an emoji or reaction to your title.

    • Enter the name of your channel in the Channel name field.

  5. Select Add to create the channel for your community or select Cancel to exit without submitting any changes.

You can add up to five channels to your community. Here's how:

  1. In Teams, select Community from the app bar on the left side of the screen.

  2. Select the community that you want to create a channel.

  3. Under the community name, go to the last channel in the list, and select Add channel  Add channel button..

  4. Give your channel a name in the Channel name field.

    • Use the drop-down menu to add an emoji or reaction to your title.

    • Enter the name of your channel in the Channel name field.

  5. Select Add to create the channel for your community or select Cancel to exit without submitting any changes.

Related topics

How to post to a community in Microsoft Teams (free)

Invite and manage community members in Microsoft Teams (free)

Update community settings in Microsoft Teams (free)

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