Manage teams in the Microsoft Teams admin center


As an IT admin, you may need to view or update the teams that your organization has set up for collaboration, or you might need to perform remediation actions such as assigning owners for ownerless teams. You can manage the teams used in your organization through both the Microsoft Teams PowerShell module and the Microsoft Teams admin center. For full administration capabilities using these two toolsets, you should make sure that you are assigned one of the following roles:

  • Global Administrator
  • Teams Service Administrator

You can learn more about admin roles in Teams in Use Microsoft Teams admin roles to manage Teams, and you can read more about how to use the PowerShell cmdlets for managing teams in the Microsoft Teams cmdlet reference.

This article provides an overview of the management tools for teams in the Microsoft Teams admin center.

Teams overview grid

Management tools for teams are under the Teams node in the Microsoft Teams admin center. (In the admin center, select Teams > Manage teams.) Each team is backed by an Office 365 group, and this node provides a view of groups that have been Microsoft Teams-enabled in your organization.

Screen shot of the Teams overview grid

The grid displays the following properties:

  • Team name
  • Channels - a count of all channels in the team, including the default General channel.
  • Users - a count of total users, including owners, guests, and members from your tenant.
  • Owners - a count of owners for this team.
  • Guests - a count of Azure Active Directory B2B guest users who are members of this team.
  • Privacy - the Visibility/AccessType of the backing Office 365 group.
  • Status - the Archived or Active status for this team. Learn more about archiving teams in the Archive or restore a team.
  • GroupID - the unique GroupID of the backing Office 365 group
  • Classification - the classification (if used in your organization) assigned to the backing Office 365 group. Learn more about classifications at Create classifications for Office groups in your organization.
  • Description - the description set for the backing Office 365 group

Search currently supports the string "Begins with" and searches the Team name field.


You can edit group and team-specific settings by selecting a team from the grid and then selecting the Edit button.

Screen shot of the Edit team options

Team profile

You can navigate to the team profile page of any team from the main teams overview grid by clicking on the team name. The team profile page shows the members, owners, and guests that belong to the team (and its backing O365 Group), as well as the team’s channels and settings. From the team profile page, you can:

  • Add or remove members and owners.
  • Add or remove channels (Note that you cannot remove the General channel).
  • Update team and group settings.

Screen shot of an example team profile

Making changes to teams

You can change the following elements of a team:

  • Users in the team - you can add or remove members, and promote or demote owners
  • Channels - you can add new channels or remove existing channels. You cannot delete the default "General" channel, and once created you can only edit channel name, not description.
  • Team name
  • Team description
  • Team privacy - public or private
  • Team classification - backed by your Office 365 group classifications
  • Team member settings - select team member settings

Other supported changes to teams

  • Delete - Deleting a team is a soft-delete of the team and corresponding Office 365 group. To restore a mistakenly deleted team, follow the instructions at Restore a deleted Office 365 Group.
  • Archive - Archiving a team puts the team into read-only mode within Microsoft Teams. As an admin, you can archive and unarchive teams on behalf of your organization via the admin portal.

The changes that you make to a team are logged. If you are modifying group settings (changing the name, description, photo, privacy, classification, or team members), these changes will be attributed to you through the audit pipeline. If you are performing actions against Teams-specific settings, your changes will be tracked and attributed to you in the general channel of the team.


Issue: Teams missing from the Team Overview Grid

When you enter the Microsoft Teams admin center, under the Teams option some of your teams are missing from the listing in the Teams Overview Grid.

Cause: This issue occurs when the team was incorrectly (or not yet) profiled by the system which can lead to a missing property for it to be recognized.

Resolution: Manually set the property to the correct value via MS Graph

Replace {groupid} in the Query for the actual GroupId in question, which you can get via the Exchange Online powershell, with the "Get-UnifiedGroup" cmdlet, as the "ExternalDirectoryObjectId" attribute.

  1. Access Graph Explorer

  2. Sign in to Graph Explorer on the left menu

  3. Change the query line to: PATCH > v1.0 >{groupid}

  4. Add the following value on the request body: {"resourceProvisioningOptions": ["Team"]}

  5. Run the query on the top-right.

  6. Confirm the team appears correctly in the Microsoft Teams admin center - Team Overview

Learn more

Microsoft Teams cmdlet reference
Admin roles in Microsoft Teams