Assign team owners and members in Microsoft Teams


The new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center is here! Starting in March 2018, we've been gradually migrating settings to it from both the current Skype for Business admin center and the Microsoft Teams experience in the Office 365 admin center. If a setting has been migrated, you'll see a notification and then be directed to the setting's location in the new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center. For more information, see Manage Teams during the transition to the new Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business Admin Center.

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. If a team is created from an existing Office 365 Group, permissions are inherited.

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

Team Owner Team Member
Create team Yes1 No
Leave team Yes Yes
Edit team name/description Yes No
Delete team Yes No
Add channel Yes Yes2
Edit channel name/description Yes Yes2
Delete channel Yes Yes2
Add members Yes3 No
Add tabs Yes Yes2
Add connectors Yes Yes2
Add bots Yes Yes2

1 Team owners can create teams unless they've been restricted from doing so. See "Permissions to create teams" below.

2 These items can be turned off by an owner at a 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.


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

Permissions to create teams

By default, all users with a mailbox in Exchange Online have permissions to create Office 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 Office 365 groups by delegating group creation and management rights to a set of users. For instructions, see Manage who can create Office 365 Groups.

Decision Point icon. Decision Point Will all Microsoft Teams users be able to create Teams (recommended)?
Next Steps icon. Next Steps Modify the default permissions for who can create Office 365 groups if you need to limit who can create Teams