Microsoft Teams Standard or Private Channels


Standard channels are available to all team members in Teams. Most channels are standard channels. If you need a smaller, specific audience for a particular subject, you can use a private channel.

Once a channel is created, as either standard or private, it can not be changed. Make sure you consider the use-case before creating any new channel.


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Standard Channels

  • They’re open for all members and anything posted is searchable by others.
  • By default, all members of a team can create standard channels. Team owners can change this permission on a per-team basis.


Private Channels

  • They’re for discussions that shouldn’t be open to all members, so you must be invited to join one to view it within a team.
  • By default, any team owner or team member can create a private channel and add members. Guests can't create them. Team owners can change this permission on a per-team basis.
  • Messaging extensions, wikis, apps and bots, and scheduled channel meetings are not supported, but Microsoft is working on it!

Files that you share in a channel (viewable on the Files tab) are stored in SharePoint. To learn more, see Microsoft's How SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business interact with Teams article.


Files shared in a private channel are only viewable by the members of the channel and are stored in a separate SharePoint site from the rest of the team's files.


Private channel meetings and calls

External guests can join a team's private channel meeting or Meet now call, but there are a few things to know.

  • They're only able to participate if a member of the private channel sends them a link to join the meeting, or calls them during the meeting to meet now.
  • During the meeting or call, they'll have temporary access to chat, files, whiteboard, notes, and the participants list (those not in the Outlook invite), but not after.


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