Manage teams in the Microsoft Teams admin center


This article provides an overview of the management tools for Teams in the Microsoft Teams admin center.

As an admin, you may need to view or update the teams that your organization set up for collaboration, or you might need to perform remediation actions such as assigning owners for ownerless teams. You can manage the teams used in your organization through both the Microsoft Teams PowerShell module and the Microsoft Teams admin center. You can access the admin center at For full administration capabilities using these two toolsets, you should make sure that you're assigned one of the following roles:

  • Global Administrator
  • Teams Administrator

You can learn more about admin roles in Teams in Use Microsoft Teams admin roles to manage Teams, and you can read more about how to use the PowerShell cmdlets for managing teams in the Microsoft Teams cmdlet reference.


Skype for Business Online Admins can manage both Teams and Skype for Business Online app policies through PowerShell.

Teams overview grid

Management tools for teams are under the Teams node in the Microsoft Teams admin center. (In the admin center, select Teams > Manage teams.) Each team is backed by a Microsoft 365 group, and this node provides a view of groups that have been Microsoft Teams-enabled in your organization.

Screenshot of the Teams overview grid.

The grid displays the following properties:

  • Team name
  • Channels - a count of all channels in the team, including the default General channel.
  • Team members - a count of total users, including owners, guests, and members from your tenant.
  • Owners - a count of owners for this team.
  • Guests - a count of Azure Active Directory B2B guests who are members of this team.
  • Privacy - the Visibility/AccessType of the backing Microsoft 365 group.
  • Status - the Archived or Active status for this team. Learn more about archiving teams in Archive or restore a team.
  • Description - the description of the backing Microsoft 365 group.
  • Classification - the classification (if used in your organization) assigned to the backing Microsoft 365 group. Learn more about classifications at Create classifications for Microsoft 365 Groups in your organization.
  • GroupID - the unique GroupID of the backing Microsoft 365 group.


If you don't see all these properties in the grid, click the Edit columns icon. In the Edit columns pane, you can use the toggles to turn on or turn off columns in the grid. When you're finished, click Apply.


To add a new team, click Add. In the Add a new team pane, give the team a name and description, set whether you want to make it a private or public team, and set the classification.


Newly created teams can be managed right away in the Teams Admin Center, unlike the experience in other clients like, Outlook.

This video shows the steps to create a new team and a channel for them.


To edit group and team-specific settings, select the team by clicking to the left of the team name, and then select Edit.

This video shows the steps to view and edit the details of an existing team.


You can archive a team. Archiving a team puts the team into read-only mode within Teams. As an admin, you can archive and unarchive teams on behalf of your organization in the admin center.


Deleting a team is a soft-delete of the team and corresponding Microsoft 365 group. To restore a mistakenly deleted team, follow the instructions in Restore a deleted Group.

Search currently supports the string "Begins with" and searches the Team name field.

Team profile

You can navigate to the team profile page of any team from the main teams overview grid by clicking the team name. The team profile page shows the members, owners, and guests that belong to the team (and its backing Microsoft 365 group), as well as the team's channels and settings. From the team profile page, you can:

  • Add or remove members and owners.
  • Add or remove channels (note that you can't remove the General channel).
  • Change team and group settings.

Screenshot of an example team profile.

Making changes to teams

On the team's profile page, you can change the following elements of a team:

  • Members - add or remove members and promote or demote owners.
  • Channels - add new channels, and edit or remove existing channels. Remember that you can't delete the default General channel.
  • Team name
  • Description
  • Privacy - set whether the team is public or private.
  • Classification - this is backed by your Microsoft 365 group classifications. Choose Confidential, Highly Confidential, or General.
  • Conversations settings - set whether members can edit and delete sent messages.
  • Channels settings - set whether members can create new channels and edit existing ones, and add, edit, and remove tabs, connectors, and apps.

The changes that you make to a team are logged. If you're modifying group settings (changing the name, description, photo, privacy, classification, or team members), the changes are attributed to you through the audit pipeline. If you're performing actions against Teams-specific settings, your changes are tracked and attributed to you in the General channel of the team.


Issue: Teams missing from the Team overview grid

Some of your teams are missing from the list of teams in the Teams overview grid.

Cause: This issue occurs when the team was incorrectly (or not yet) profiled by the system, which can lead to a missing property for it to be recognized.

Resolution: Manually set the property to the correct value via MS Graph

Replace {groupid} in the Query for the actual GroupId in question, which you can get via the Exchange Online PowerShell, with the "Get-UnifiedGroup" cmdlet, as the "ExternalDirectoryObjectId" attribute.

  1. Access Graph Explorer.

  2. Sign in to Graph Explorer on the left menu.

  3. Change the query line to: PATCH > v1.0 >{groupid}.

  4. Add the following value on the request body: {"resourceProvisioningOptions": ["Team"]}.

  5. Run the query on the top-right.

  6. Confirm the team appears correctly in the Microsoft Teams admin center - Team Overview.

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