Assign team owners and members in Microsoft Teams

Within Microsoft Teams there are two user roles: owner and member. By default, a user who creates a new team is granted the owner status. In addition, owners and members can have moderator capabilities for a channel (provided that moderation has been set up). If a team is created from an existing Microsoft 365 group, permissions are inherited.

The table below shows the difference in permissions between an owner and a member.

Task Team Owner Team Member
Create team Yes1 No
Leave team Yes Yes
Edit team name/description Yes No
Delete team Yes No
Add standard channel Yes Yes2
Edit standard channel name/description Yes Yes2
Delete standard channel Yes Yes2
*Add private channel Yes Yes2
*Edit private channel name/description No N/A
*Delete private channel Yes No
Add shared channel Yes No
Edit shared channel name/description No No6
Delete shared channel Yes No6
Add members Yes3 No4
Request to add members N/A Yes5
Add apps Yes Yes2

1 Team owners can create teams unless they've been restricted from doing so. Permissions to create teams below.
2 An owner can turn off these items at the team level, in which case members would not have access to them.
3 After adding a member to a team, an owner can also promote a member to owner status. It is also possible for an owner to demote their own status to a member.
4 Team members can add other members to a public team.
5 While a team member can't directly add members to a private team, they can request someone to be added to a team they're already a member of. When a member requests someone to be added to a team, team owners receive an alert that they have a pending request that they can accept or deny.
6 If the team member is a shared channel owner, they can perform this action.

*To learn more about permissions for private channels, see Private channels in Teams.


Owners can make other members owners in the View teams option. A team can have up to 100 owners. We recommend that you have at least a few owners to help manage the team; this will also prevent orphaned groups if a sole owner leaves your organization. For more information about orphaned groups, see Assign a new owner to an orphaned group.

Moderator capabilities

In addition to other capabilities, team owners and members can have moderator capabilities for a channel (provided that moderation is turned on for a team). Moderators can start new posts in a channel and control whether team members can reply to existing channel messages. Moderators can also control whether apps with bots and connectors capability can submit channel messages.

Moderator capabilities are assigned at the channel level. Team owners have moderator capabilities by default. Team members have moderator capabilities turned off by default, but a team owner can give moderator capabilities for a channel to a team member. Moderators within a channel can add and remove other moderators within that channel.

For more information about moderator capabilities, see Set up and manage channel moderation in Microsoft Teams.

Assign a user role

To assign a user role, in Teams, select the team name and then select More options (...) > Manage team. On the Members tab, you can add members and choose owners and moderators (if you have sufficient permissions). For more information, see Change team settings in Teams.


The Manage team option will not appear for pinned channels. Select the team name under Your teams further below and then select More options (...) to the right of the name.

Permissions to create teams

By default, all users with a mailbox in Exchange Online have permissions to create Microsoft 365 groups and therefore a team within Microsoft Teams. You can have tighter control and restrict the creation of new teams and thus the creation of new Microsoft 365 groups by delegating group creation and management rights to a set of users. For instructions, see Manage who can create Microsoft 365 Groups.