The following information is about Microsoft Stream (Classic) which will eventually be retired and replaced by Stream (on SharePoint). To start using the newer video solution today, just upload your videos to SharePoint, Teams, Yammer, or OneDrive. Videos stored in Microsoft 365 the way you'd store any other file is the basis for Microsoft Stream (on SharePoint). Learn more...

Restrict employees who can create content in Microsoft Stream (Classic)

As an organization you may want to limit the employees who can upload videos. By default, everyone in your organization can upload videos.

Some reasons for setting this restriction are:

  • You want to make sure the experience is always curated and hence want to assign a few content creators.

  • You are doing a proof-of-concept with a smaller audience before allowing anyone within your organization to start creating content.

You need to be a Stream (Classic) admin to change this setting.

  1. In Stream, go to Settings Settings icon. > Admin settings

    Settings menu to get to Stream (Classic) admin.

  2. Set the Content creation > Restrict video uploads flag to On.

    Microsoft Stream (Classic) restricting uploaders in admin setting.


    After this setting is enabled, employees will not be allowed to upload new content, however, if the users had previously uploaded content and they don't have upload permissions now, their existing content will still appear in their My Video section and will not be automatically deleted.

Employee experience

After you restrict an employee from uploading content or creating channels, they will see an error message on the upload page indicating that the admin has blocked uploads. Only employees you have granted access will be able to upload.

Microsoft Stream (Classic) restricting uploaders.

See also

Get started

Assign Stream (Classic) admins

Add usage guidelines and require consent before uploading

Enable Stream (Classic) admins to manage content

Restrict who can make companywide channels