Add or remove members from Office 365 groups using the admin center

In Office 365, Group members typically create their own Groups, add themselves to Groups they want to join, or are invited by Group owners. If Group ownership changes, or if you determine that a member should be added or removed, as the admin you can also make that change. What is an Office 365 Group?

Tip: You can also add or remove members using Outlook.

Add a member to a Group in the admin center

Use the new admin center to add a member to a Group

The new admin center is available to all Microsoft 365 admins. You can opt in by selecting the Try the new admin center toggle located at the top of the Home page. For more information, see About the new Microsoft 365 admin center.

  1. In the admin center, go to the Groups > Groups page. If you're not an admin, you can add or remove members using Outlook.

  2. Select a group name.

  3. In the details pane, on the Members tab, select View all and manage members, and then select Add members.

  4. Search for or select the name of the member you want to add.

  5. Select Save.

Use the old admin center to add a member to a Group

  1. In the admin center, go to the Groups > Groups page. If you're not an admin, you can add or remove members using Outlook.

  2. Select a group name.

  3. In the details pane, next to Members, select Edit, and then select Add members.

  4. Search for or select the name of the member you want to add.

  5. Select Save.

Remove a member from a Group in the admin center

Note

When you remove a member from a private group, it takes 5 minutes for the person to be blocked from the group (after membership changes are fully replicated among domain controllers).

Use the new admin center to remove a member from a Group

The new admin center is available to all Microsoft 365 admins. You can opt in by selecting the Try the new admin center toggle located at the top of the Home page. For more information, see About the new Microsoft 365 admin center.

  1. In the admin center, go to the Groups > Groups page.

  2. Select a group name.

  3. In the details pane, on the Members tab, select View all and manage members.

  4. Next to the member you want to remove, select the X.

  5. Select Save to remove the member.

Use the old admin center to remove a member from a Group

  1. In the admin center, go to the Groups > Groups page.

  2. Select a group name.

  3. In the details pane, next to Members, select Edit.

  4. Next to the member you want to remove, select the X.

  5. Select Save to remove the member.

Manage Group owner status

By default, the person who created the group is the group owner. Often a group will have multiple owners for backup support or other reasons. Members can be promoted to owner status and owners can be demoted to member status.

Promote a member to owner status in the admin center

Use the new admin center to promote a member to owner status

The new admin center is available to all Microsoft 365 admins. You can opt in by selecting the Try the new admin center toggle located at the top of the Home page. For more information, see About the new Microsoft 365 admin center.

  1. In the admin center, go to the Groups > Groups page.

  2. Select a group name.

  3. In the details pane, on the Members tab, select View all and manage owners.

  4. Search for a member, or select Add owners.

  5. Select the check box next to the name of the member you want to add.

  6. Select Save, and then Close.

Use the old admin center to promote a member to owner status

  1. In the admin center, go to the Groups > Groups page.

  2. Select a group name.

  3. In the details pane, next to Owners, select Edit.

  4. Search for a member, or select Add owners.

  5. Select the check box next to the name of the member you want to add.

  6. Select Save, and then Close.

Remove owner status in the admin center

Use the new admin center to remove owner status

The new admin center is available to all Microsoft 365 admins. You can opt in by selecting the Try the new admin center toggle located at the top of the Home page. For more information, see About the new Microsoft 365 admin center.

  1. In the admin center, go to the Groups > Groups page.

  2. Select a group name.

  3. In the details pane, on the Members tab, select View all and manage owners.

  4. Select the X next to the owner's name.

  5. Select Save.

Use the old admin center to remove owner status

  1. In the admin center, go to the Groups > Groups page.

  2. Select a group name.

  3. In the details pane, next to Owners, select Edit.

  4. Select the X next to the owner's name.

  5. Select Save.

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