Create a custom team template in Microsoft Teams

Custom templates are not yet supported for EDU customers.

A custom team template is a predefined team structure with a set of channels, tabs, and apps. You can develop a template that helps you create the right collaboration space quickly. Your custom team template uses your preferred settings.

To get started:

  1. Sign in to the Teams admin center.

  2. In the left navigation, expand Teams > Team templates.

  3. Select Add.

    An image of the Team templates dialog with Add highlighted.

  4. In the Team templates section, select Create a brand new template.

  5. In the Template settings section, complete the following fields and then select Next:

    • Template name
    • Template short and long descriptions
    • Locale visibility

    An image of the Team templates settings naming dialog.

  6. In the channels, tabs, and apps section, add any channels and apps that your team needs.

    1. In the Channels section, select Add.
    2. In the Add dialog, name the channel.
    3. Add a description.
    4. Decide if the channel should be shown by default.
    5. Search for an app name that you want to add to the channel.
    6. Select Apply when finished.

    An image of the Team templates channels, tabs, and apps screen.

  7. Select Submit when completed.

Your new template is displayed in the Team templates list. The template can be used to create a team in Teams.


It can take up to 24 hours for teams users to see a custom template change in the gallery.

Customizing Website Tab apps


This feature is in early preview

You might want to specify URLs for website tabs for channels in custom team templates. End users who create teams with templates will have website tabs that are preset to the specified site URL.

To get started:

  1. Create a new team template or edit an existing team template.

  2. In the Channels section, add a new channel or select an existing channel and select Edit.

  3. In the Add an app for this template section, add a Website app.

    add an app for this template option.

  4. Select the edit icon and input the URL of your choice.

    add an app url.

  5. Select Save for your tab app edits, and then select Apply to save your changes.

Known issues

Problem: If you've created a team from a custom template that contained additional custom tabs, you might see blank tabs in place of your custom tab apps. Your default tabs (such as Posts, Files, and Wiki) will appear as expected.

Solution: To fix this issue, remove the custom tab and add a new tab with the same app. If you don't have permissions to remove the custom tab and add a new tab, contact the team owner for assistance.

We're currently working on a fix for future teams created from custom templates.

Problem: When using Teams in the browser, some websites don't support being rendered within a Teams tab.

browser error message.

Solution: If you have trouble viewing the contents of the website tab, you'll be redirected to either open the tab in a separate webpage, or open Teams in the desktop app instead to view your website tab app.