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What is a Private Channel in Teams?

What is a Private Channel in Teams? How does it work? What is different from a regular channel?

What is a private channel?

Private channels in Microsoft Teams create focused spaces for collaboration within your teams. Only the users on the team who are owners or members of the private channel can access the channel. Anyone, including guests, can be added as a member of a private channel as long as they are already members of the team.


You might want to use a private channel if you want to limit collaboration to those who have a need to know or if you want to facilitate communication between a group of people assigned to a specific project, without having to create an additional team to manage.


What is different?

Currently, private channels support connectors and tabs (except Stream, Planner, and Forms).


Each team can have a maximum of 30 private channels and each private channel can have a maximum of 250 members.


Scheduling a meeting in a private channel is not supported. To work around this, you can schedule a meeting in Outlook outside of the channel and then invite the people you want to schedule the meeting with.


More Information: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/private-channels

Communication and Collaboration > Microsoft Teams
Article 625 | Last Reviewed 9/24/2020 7:42 PM